Our Partnership with St. Mugagga School

Supporting Projects that Make a Difference 

Church of the Blessed Sacrament is partnering with St. Mugagga School to fund projects that are making a positive impact in the lives of St. Mugagga students. 

Project: New Girl's Dormitory 
 
THE PROBLEM:
 
St. Mugagga school opened in 1934 as a boys' school.  Over the years, increased interest by local families in educating daughters as well as sons has led to increased enrollment of female students at St. Mugagga. Currently, the ratio of male to female students is approximately 50:50.  This is wonderful news!  However, the lack of adequate dormitory facilities for female students has become a significant problem.

The current girls' dormitory at St. Mugagga was designed to accommodate 40 students. Eighty girls are now housed there, with the remaining female boarding students allocated to small rooms in different corners of the school. This extreme overcrowding continues to pose numerous challenges for students and staff,  including difficulties in monitoring maintaining discipline among students.

THE SOLUTION:

Construct a new girls' dormitory that will accommodate 300 female students at St. Mugagga School.

COST:

Total projected cost for this project is $15,412.00  U.S. Dollars.

Local contribution: Parents and school administration will provide materials equivalent to $800.00 U.S. Dollars

Parents, students, and Brothers will be fully involved in providing unskilled labor during the construction process.

  • Amount needed from donors to complete the project: $14,612.00  U.S. Dollars

A new girls' dormitory facility will provide numerous benefits to students, teachers, support staff, and parents of students at St. Mugagga School:

  • Elimination of overcrowding, leading to safer and more sanitary living conditions for girl students
  • Centralized housing of students, leading to improved monitoring and discipline by teachers and staff
  • Improved academic performance due to safer, more comfortable sleeping conditions for students and closer proximity of students to teachers
  • Potential increase in enrollment of girl students due to the increased availability of on-site housing

Project: Renovation of School Buildings (Completed 2013)

THE PROBLEM  (April 2012):

Dilapidated classroom buildings roofed with old leaking asbestos sheets and tiles posed a serious threat to the safety and academic success of the 400 students who attended class in those buildings.  The asbestos tiles in particular were very catastrophic to the lives of students and teachers.  Worse still, timber supporting the roof had become very old and was in danger of collapse.
 
During the rainy season, the leaking roof caused students and teachers, as well as their learning/teaching materials to get wet, thereby causing lessons to be interrupted.  This obviously negatively impacted the academic performance of the students and concentration during class sessions.  In addition, the old  asbestos iron sheets and tiles of the classrooms had sometimes become a breeding place for rats, snakes and bats, posing a danger to the lives of the students.

Classroom Buildings in Need of Renovation: 



THE SOLUTION:

Renovation of the two classroom buildings:

  • Replacement of old, asbestos tiles on roofs with new, galvanized iron sheets
  • Repair and replacement of  windows and doors
  • Replacement of old, decaying roof timbers


COST:
Total cost for this project was $18,009.00  U.S. Dollars.

Local contribution:

  • Area Member of Parliament (MP) promised $442.00 US Dollars toward the completion of the project
  • The local community contributed poles, water, unskilled labor, and food for the workers during construction
  • Although most families in the area live below the poverty level, parents were encouraged to contribute funds to be placed in a school account for the continued maintenance of the renovated buildings.

This renovation project was completed in 2013, thanks to a financial partnership with Church of the Blessed Sacrament!
 
Classroom building under construction (left), and renovated with new sheet metal roof (right):
 

IMPACT:

The renovated classroom buildings have provided numerous benefits to students, teachers and parents of students at St. Mugagga School:

  • Safer learning environment due to the replacement of damaged roof timbers and hazardous asbestos roofing materials
  • Protection from the elements for students, staff, and school materials
  • Improved academic performance due to the safer, more comfortable classroom conditions
  • Increase in student enrollment from just over 400 students to over 600, due to improved classroom facilities

 Project: New Latrines & Shower Facilities (Completed 2011)

THE PROBLEM :

Old, dilapidated latrine buildings and a lack of shower facilities were causing considerable difficulties for the students and staff at St. Mugagga School.  A  lack of proper sanitation facilities were creating increased health risks, which is an especially serious concern in an area with limited access to medical facilities.
In addition to contributing to health concerns, a lack of adequate sanitation facilities had been contributing to a decrease in school attendance among girl students, especially as they reached puberty.  A lack of shower facilities meant that girls needed to wash in school common areas, without the benefit of privacy.  Girls’ understandable reluctance to do this often led to their choosing to leave school before their education was complete.
 
Old latrine building:

 
THE SOLUTION:
 
A financial partnership with Church of the Blessed Sacrament allowed for the construction of new pit latrine buildings and shower facilities at St. Mugagga School.  These basic shower facilities do not have running water, but do have rows of stalls that allow users privacy while washing themselves using a bucket of water and sponge.
 
Construction of new latrine and shower buildings, completed in 2011  


IMPACT:

New shower and latrine facilities have provided numerous benefits to students, teachers and parents of students at St. Mugagga School:

  • Safer and more sanitary shower and latrine facilities
  • Decrease in health risks posed by unsanitary conditions
  • Increased enrollment and retention of students (especially girls) due to increased privacy in sanitation facilities