Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Douglas students support special-needs school in Uganda

by Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office
A group of Douglas College students have turned a class project into the gift of education for a special-needs school in Uganda.

During their leadership class, 15 Classroom and Community Support (CCS) program students learned about the Kakunyu School, one of the few schools in Uganda to offer education and care for children with  special needs. People with disabilities in Uganda are rarely educated and often excluded from their communities.

"The students were inspired and eagerly took to the project of fundraising for the Kakunyu School," says program coordinator Lori Woods. "They organized three major events and spent many hours outside of class to ensure they met their goal. I am absolutely impressed with their outcome."

The result? The group raised a total of $3,780, all of which will be sent to the Kakunyu School this month. And in Uganda, a little goes a long way.

The funds will be used to install solar power, taking the school away from dependence on candles and batteries, providing much-needed power and safer conditions for the students. It will also be used to install safety fencing, as well as fund community outreach in the surrounding villages to dispel myths about disabilities.