In each of the places we support, the community recognise the importance of education and have set up nursery schools to give their youngest children the best start in life. Thanks to your help we are able to support the schools by making a monthly contribution to the upkeep of the school.
The monthly payment helps pay teachers' salaries and provides a cup of hot porridge to every child attending the nursery schools (and sometimes their brothers and sisters as well).
The poorest, youngest children now have a head start to their education and will be ready to face the world when they go on to Primary School. Parents are able to focus on farming and other family members as their children are learning and receiving lunch every day.
Thanks to the huge generosity of friends and supporters, 14 children are sponsored to go to boarding school and benefit from an excellent education. You can find out more about the school sponsorship scheme here.
This year (2022) the villages each identified around 10 children who, because their parents are so poor, would not be going to Primary School. Luckily, we had the funds available to be able to remedy this and now more than 50 children have been able to pay their school contributions and attend school.
The jewel in our education crown is the construction of Putuke Nursery School. It has taken nearly 3 years to build - throughout COVID-19 and we are so proud of the outcome.
Why this is important
Schools destroyed, a whole generation missing out on an education and skills lost due to so many people being killed during the war has left thousands of people scratching around to grow enough food to keep their family alive. Children who do go to school don't eat during the day and many drop out of school at a very young age, especially girls and especially when they have their periods meaning they miss one week a month.
Our pride and joy
Lamin Pic Nursery school is one of the three Forgotten People's nursery schools that we support by paying the teachers' salaries and providing porridge to the children.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of the Rotary Clubs in Farnham, St Peter's Church in Wrecclesham and other many friends and supporters, we have built a new nursery school.
Schools reopened on January 10th and we are so happy to share this video of the children starting the school year in their brand new school.
Nge Kidi is a small village about 10 kilometres from the town of Kitgum.
Forgotten People's Projects have supported this community for many years and in 2015 we also started to support the village nursery school.
There are about 60 children who attend this school and they come from extremely poor families.
Our monthly contribution helps pay the teachers' salaries and ensures that every child has a cup of hot porridge every day.
We also support farming projects in Nge Kidi
The people in Paibwor take the education of their children very seriously. Every community suffered badly in the war, but Paibwor especially so. The people are still really struggling as they rebuild their lives and provide for their families.
Forgotten People's Projects have supported the school and community for more than a decade and we started supporting them in 2015, after visiting Paibwor and meeting the people there.
Our contribution helps pay the teachers and provide a cup of hot porridge to every child.
They are ambitious and want to extend the school to primary level.
This is St Peter's Nursery School in Otici.
We have supported the people of Otici for nearly 10 years and their leader Simon has said from the beginning that they dream of having a nursery school.
Starting out in a mud hut the size of a family home, the school has grown into this beautiful building made from local materials.
There are more than 140 children who attend and we support the school by making a monthly contribution, which is used to pay staff salaries and provide the children with a cup of hot porridge every day.
The school gives the children the best start in life and now the community are planning to develop it into a primary school.
Vision Hope is the first nursery school we got involved with. It is located neaer Parabongo, the first community we started working with.
Starting out as a mud hut, it quickly developed into a thriving nursery school. It was moved to a new location further from the centre.
The name comes from the community. They had the vision of a school but no hope that it would happen.
We support the school so they can pay teachers and provide the children with a daily cup of porridge.
When we visit the nursery schools we find children who stand out from the crowd. They might sing louder, dance more freely or just shine brightly amongst the class.
We were contacted by people wanting to sponsor a child and have set up a sponsorship scheme where the brightest children have the opportunity to attend an excellent boarding school. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the education of every child and the sponsored children have been home for a year now.