As Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland (GBNI) approaches its 125th anniversary, it has partnered with Fields of Life and generously committed to raising funds to build a school and provide education, opportunity and hope for 366 pupils in Karwa Centenary Primary School, Kisoro, South West Uganda.
In November 2016, GBNI President, Lyn Campbell, Vice President, Latifa McCullagh and Chairperson, Linda Buchanan, travelled to Uganda to spend time with Bishop Cranmer and his wife Mama Hope, the Fields of Life partners on the ground in Kisoro.
During their trip they visited the existing Karwa Centenary Primary school structure, where they were welcomed with traditional singing and dancing. However, the warm welcome did not disguise the poor school structure they were entering. The GBNI representatives witnessed first-hand the lack of facilities and observed lessons being taught in make shift, overcrowded classrooms. This only highlighted the extreme need for a new school and made the GBNI and Fields of Life partnership even more timely.
On 22nd May, 2017, GBNI and Fields of Life had the opportunity to welcome Bishop Cranmer and Mama Hope to the GBNI Head Office, Antrim, to unveil the exciting new school plans and discuss the project further. The £125,000 fundraising project will enable the construction of classroom blocks complete with furniture and textbooks, a nursery block, a kitchen, a clean water source, staff and student accommodation. The gift of water is both life changing and lifesaving. By gifting this school and community with safe clean water, children will no longer have to spend hours walking long distances to collect water. It will also allow young girls to attend school, reduce the number of water related diseases and ultimately deaths, and also reduce young girls being at risk of attack walking through remote areas to collect water.
Fields of Life CEO, Richard Spratt, states; “I am personally very excited that the Girls’ Brigade throughout Northern Ireland has committed to raising sufficient funds to build a school in Uganda. This is going to transform this community and change the lives of thousands of young people in the years to come. Karwa Centenary Primary School performed highest among all schools in the Kisoro District last term. We are really encouraged by these results and are looking forward to seeing what these children will achieve in their new school.”
Lyn Campbell, GBNI President responded “This partnership is a very tangible way to mark the 125th Anniversary of Girls’ Brigade and to share our blessings with our friends in Uganda. We hope that our relationship with the school will provide opportunities for GB mission trips for many years to come.”