Uphill from the Air!

Towards the end of 2020, Uphill Junior School hosted a team from Kirabo Africa Foundation, a US-funded non-profit organisation partnering with community-based organisations in Uganda to effect grassroots change. The visitors were particularly interested in learning about water harvesting systems, the new Uphill handwashing station, making liquid soap and to find out how to raise pigs in a small scale enterprise. In return, one of the team members deployed his camera drone over the school and presented school director Elius with some fabulous photographs showing Uphill from the air, along with a video diary of their visit.

Uphill aerial viewUphill Junior School, with its trademark blue roofs Uphill aerial viewView showing the Kindergarten site, with the extended wooden classroom block and playground.

New kindergarten site: There is plenty of space behind the wooden kindergarten building for permanent classrooms – when we have raised the funds. The original latrine block will be become the dedicated kindergarten latrine, and the site will be accessed by new gates. Before the COVID pandemic almost half the school roll were in Baby, Middle and Top classes, so it will be good to give these youngsters their own space in which to learn and play.

Uphill from airThis aerial photograph shows off the Primary school buildings.

With the Kindergarten classrooms gone, the lower primary children now have more space to play when they return to school in 2021. There are still building projects to complete¬† – a new latrine for the primary boys, plus a permanent kitchen and dining hall – and then the courtyard area inside the main entrance can be landscaped. We can’t wait to have a school without piles of bricks and sand lying around the place!

Uphill from airMain entrance to Uphill Junior School – we hope that the school wall will be painted very soon!

The Kirabo Africa team visit was a great success.

Thank you, Cranimax Films, for sharing the video diary of their visit to the school.

Director and family Director Elius, his wife Shalot and their two daughters.Soap makingShalot demonstrating soap making to the Kirabo team


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