Thursday, 28 March 2013

1000 what?!

When I tell people about my Girl’s Empowerment Project, most cannot believe how much it costs to send these girls to school… It is Uganda after all.  In a country that has so little, you wonder how anyone can afford to go to school! 

Since our girls are in boarding school, this project not only pays for their tuition, it also accommodates all their living needs.

To sustain one girl for one year costs roughly $1,000.

Yup. One thousand dollars. And this is why:

Tuition fluctuates, but is between $200 and $250 a trimester, and therefore $600 and $750.

At the beginning of each year, they are required to bring the following:
  • a mattress!
  • bathing bucket
  • towel
  • underwear
  • school uniform and sports uniform
  • shoes for school, shoes for sport, flip flops
  • lantern
  • sheets
  • pillow
  • blanket
  • mosquito net
  • trunk for their things, with lock
  • 2 brooms (one to sweep outside, one to sweep inside)
  • a plate, bowl, cup, knife and fork
  • a peeing bucket (for nights)
  • sweatshirt or sweater (a “luxury” I believe they need)
  • required textbooks (these can be up to $25 each, and because of the lack of funding, they often share, making studying more difficult)
  • a notepad for each of their ten subjects
  • calculator
  • dictionary
  • an eraser
  • a certain number of pens
  • a certain number of pencils
  • a sketch book
  • colored pencils
  • cement (to continue building the school?)
  • printer paper
  • cornmeal
(If they don’t bring such things, they are sent home)

Living necessities to be replenished each trimester:
  • toilet paper!
  • tooth brush
  • toothpaste
  • sanitary pads
  • soap for bathing
  • soap for laundry
  • fuel for lantern
  • tea
  • medicine (they all have ulcers, some have other conditions)
  • an allowance to buy snacks since they are only fed beans and cornmeal twice a day.
Medical: Since disease is a part of life in Uganda, it is common for the girls to need to go to the hospital to get treatment-which is unjustly expensive.

Holidays: Since the educational system allows one month holidays between trimesters, the girls that go back to their villages (which are often hours away) need money for transport to and from, plus an allowance to sustain them. Since a few of the girls have nowhere to go, or do not feel safe returning to their villages during their holidays, we rent out a hut for them to stay in.

I’m sure there are many things I have left out. I just wanted to highlight the fact that because these girls have nothing and no one, this project supports them entirely. If they had to work, they would not be able to focus on their studies, and this project is about giving them a chance. 

If you are willing and able, please consider donating (any amount) via PayPal to:, or contact me for more information.

With much love and gratitude,


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