The story so far
We first visited Kisimeny in 2010 at the invitation of the then head teacher, Amon Mwandoe, who we had previously worked with at Jora Primary School. We were shocked and saddened by the dilapidated state in which we found the school; and despite at the time not having plans to extend our work to other schools, Kisimenyi very soon became our sixth partner school. The school was in such a woeful state that there was little option to build an entirely new school and to condemn the old one. This was a significant departure from the nature of our work in other schools, where we had been able to add to and upgrade existing facilities.
A first phase of work was launched in 2011 and the new school opened in September 2013 after two years of tireless work. And not a moment too soon as shortly afterwards part of the roof of the old school caved in during high winds.
We started our lunch programme here in May 2014, initially for nursery pupils only, but then extended to all pupils in May the following year. We have funded the salaries of extra teaching positions here for a number of years: three since January 2014 and a fourth since May 2016.
In 2015 we began a second phase of work to further expand the facilities at the school and in all now we have invested more than £250,000 in infrastructure at Kisimenyi including sixteen classrooms, a dedicated three-classroom nursery school, office and staffroom block, library, kitchen, teacher housing, toilets and 80,000 litres of rainwater harvesting capacity.
PHOTOS OF OLD SCHOOL
These are photos of the old school at Kisimenyi as we found it in 2010.