St. James Primary School



In 2011, our very first volunteer group broke ground and leveled a road for vehicle access to St. James Primary, in the Seguku area of the Wakiso District of central Uganda.  At the time, the school was just one wooden structure held up by trees with boards nailed to the sides for walls. When storms rolled in, classes were forced to pause because of the flooding. We’ve since helped to rebuild and maintain the school itself. Each day, the dedicated community members that founded the school recommit themselves to educating their children, despite the challenges local poverty presents.


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PED Projects


School Foundation

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After

Population Served: Entire Community

Rationale:  When PED first met with St. James Primary School in 2010, the building was nothing more than a single structure built from wooden poles supporting tin walls. Located on the side of the dusty road, the classrooms would soon be covered in dust from the passing vehicles. PED provided cement, gravel, and lumber for St. James to begin the rebuild on a donated plot of land down the street and away from the road, while community members and parents came together to provide labor and additional supplies needed to complete the new school.

 


Latrine

Population Served: All Students

Rationale: All schools in Uganda are required to have latrines for student and staff use. PED constructed the initial latrines in 2010 and redesigned them in 2014. Now that the school has access to clean water, more consistent health and sanitation procedures have been implemented.

 

Water

Population Served: All Students

Rationale: Access to clean water is essential for communities, and schools are no exception. Thanks to our partnership with the GoAbroad Foundation, St. James now has access to running water. The project was initially started with the dual intention of providing a clean water supply while generating additional income for the school. Since it’s launch, the income generation has been paused and the project as shifted to provide clean water used for cooking, health, and sanitation.

 


Sewing Machines Project

Population Served: Entire School

Rationale: Uganda requires both primary and secondary aged students to wear a uniform to school. In under resourced communities, this challenge can prevent students from attending school. PED worked with St. James to construct a seamstress room that would allow the school to provide uniforms for its students at a subsidized cost while selling uniforms to surrounding schools to generate an income. While the project is no longer operating in full capacity, the sewing machines are now being rented out to community members to continue generating income for the school.


Text Books

Population Served: All Students

Rationale: Prior to partnering with PED, St. James was unable to provide textbooks or reading materials to students. Teachers relied on their memory and skills to teach content while students used whatever supplies available to take notes. One of PED’s first projects with St. James was to ensure books were purchased for every student in every grade for all available subjects.