With the help of 20 Nyngan families, a primary school has opened in Budaka, Uganda.
Jack, Dione and Anna Carter, Tania and Greg Moody and Leisa and Mark Ticehurst travelled to Uganda last month to open the Joy Blessed primary school.
The school is a part of the Life Charity Focus, Uganda project, a charity run by Mrs Carter and Moses Goire.
“This school provides quality education at an affordable price for the local people in Budaka, and is very efficiently run by Life Charity Focus (LCF),” Mrs Carter said.
“Many people have met Moses and Racheal on their visits to Nyngan, they are the founders of LCF and the new school.”
The six classroom school started its journey in February when the foundations were laid. The building was finished just in time for the June 23 opening.
“It is a credit to Moses and Racheal and all who helped with the construction of the school to see this project progress so quickly and to have such a high quality school. The school now has a boarding section which is growing by the day,” Mrs Carter said.
Out of the 35 children LCF sponsors, 20 children are sponsored by Nyngan families. Mrs Carter said many of these children are able to attend the new school.
Mark and Leisa Ticehurst sponsor a child named Timothy in Budaka, Uganda. They said their trip to Uganda was a rewarding experience.
“We are eternally grateful we took the step as our experience in the Budaka district with the local families was one we will never forget as it is a truly rewarding experience,” Mrs Ticehurst said.
“As sponsor parents we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the families we met as they have so little but were willing to give so much. The families are appreciative of what little they receive and were very happy to meet us.”
Hear the story firsthand at the 3CN Church 69 Pangee Street at 7pm on Thursday night.
35 children sponsored and 20 of these children are proudly sponsored by Nyngan families, which is a great effort.Dione Carter, Life Charity Focus Co-Founder.
“It all began for us as the holiday of a lifetime to Italy with friends to satisfy a dream of travelling to Europe. A four day stopover in Uganda along the way to meet sponsored children and open the newly erected school built by Life Charity Focus has changed our outlook on the world.
“We were both a little hesitant to visit Uganda initially but we are eternally grateful we took the step as our experience in the Budaka district with the local families was one we will never forget as it was a truly rewarding experience.
“As sponsor parents we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the families we met as they have so little but were willing to give so much. The families are so appreciative of the little they receive and were very happy to meet us. It was an extremely emotional experience and we found ourselves thinking how truly blessed we are to live where we do with so many opportunities at our finger tips that many of us really do take for granted.
“Whilst driving around the district visiting the sponsor children and their families we noticed a school motto crudely painted onto the front of a rickety school house which read ‘We Struggle for Success’ and this we believe is an apt slogan as struggle they do, but with their determination and a little help from above, success they deserve and should have.
“We feel honoured to be able to sponsor a child in Budaka and after visiting him and his family and seeing the change our small contribution makes to their lives we were happy to think that maybe we truly can make a difference.”
“ It was such a privilege to open the first stage of the Joy Blessedprimary school in Budaka, Uganda on 23 June 2016. This school provides quality private education at an affordable price for the local people in Budaka, and is run very efficiently by Life Charity Focus.
“The foundations were laid in February this year for the two buildings which consist of six classrooms and staff rooms, and the last coat of paint went on a few days before we arrived in June. It is a credit to Moses, Racheal and all who helped with the construction of the school to see this project progress so quickly and to have such a high quality school.
“The school now has a boarding section which is growing by the day. Life Charity Focus currently has 35 children sponsored and 20 of these children are proudly sponsored by Nyngan families, which is a great effort. Most of these sponsored children attend the new private school, where the fees are covered by their sponsorship.
“The head office for Life Charity Focus Uganda in Australia is in Nyngan and we have a small team of volunteers who devote their time to helping these children and families in Uganda.
“It was wonderful to see the positive impact of this program when we visited these sponsored children and their families in Budaka last month.
“Our trip to Uganda was one that we will never forget and we are so proud of the efforts of Moses and Racheal Goire who are helping hundreds of people in their district.
“We hope to hold another charity event this year so that the school can have running water and begin the next stage of construction. If you would like to hear about our trip to Uganda and the sponsorship program please come along to the 3CN church, 69 Pangee Street, at 7 pm on July 28.
“I would like to thank all the donors and people who attended the two fundraisers that we held to help raise the funds to finish the school, thank you to Nyngan locals who donated items for the auctions, to all the volunteers and the 3CN church team, your efforts are appreciated.
“A huge thank you to the families who sponsor children with LCF, your kindness will never be forgotten and the children send their gratitude.”