Project Cornerstones: Water, Food, Healthcare and Education

We have planned and executed volunteer projects in both Kayenje and Nkokonjeru, Uganda. Please see below to learn about our current project, as well as learn about some of our past projects. If you would like to make a donation to our cause, please visit our donation page.

While we’ve had many successes in Kayenje, we believe the most impactful are around education. Not only are we attracting more qualified teachers, but we receive numerous applications to choose from. Additionally:

  • We recruited a new headmaster who is experienced and energetic about improving the school.
  • There is now an active and involved PTA at the school.
  • There are now 20 students who are boarders. The parents of those children pay for them to live at the school, which provides a better education than their local school.
  • There are new houses popping up around the school. Just as in the U.S., families will move to the best school districts to ensure a quality education for their children.
  • One of our biggest success' is that the school's standardized test scores used to be very low at #56 out of 60 schools in the district, they are now #6!

New Heath Clinic!

We are so happy to announce the opening of the Margaret Birungi Community Health Clinic in Kayenje! Named after Father Lawrence's niece that was a favorite of our volunteers every year when we visited. However, she suddenly died a few years ago from "a fever" due to no available health care, at the age of 12. Additionally, we are so blessed to have also been granted solar energy for the clinic thanks to the Shacter Family Foundation!

And this is Sister Happy (truly her name) our Physician's Assistant that will be running the clinic!

Kayenje, Uganda

In Uganda, a typical village consists of a common school and church surrounded by sparsely located houses, which can be up to 15 miles apart. The village of Kayenje is located nearly two hours outside the capital of Kampala, the last part which is traveled on a narrow dirt road. Located in a plush, steep, mountainous area, Kayenje is located far beyond the last power lines and running water. Before Bright Eyes Uganda arrived, Kayenje children had to walk up to four miles round trip to collect water from the village’s only water source: a contaminated stream. Because water was needed for drinking, cooking, and cleaning, as well as for animals and gardening, village children would have to make this trek up and down the mountain at least three times each day.

A New Primary School

Kayenje’s new school consists of three buildings.

A New Church

Kayenje’s old church was leaning considerably due to a sinking foundation.

A New School Kitchen

A new school kitchen includes stoves used to cook hot meals for the school children.

26 New Water Tanks

Bright Eyes Uganda has installed 26 water-collection tanks throughout the village.

Two New Ground Wells

A Jacksonville, Florida high school raised the funds required to dig two ground wells.

A New Teacher’s Home

It was difficult to attract certified teachers to such a remote area on salary alone.

A New Convent

Bright Eyes Uganda completed a convent that can house up to eight religious sisters.

New School Latrine

During one week out of every month, many girls did not attend school because of inadequate separation of latrine facilities.

A New Clinic

We are so happy to announce the opening of the Margaret Birungi Community Health Clinic in Kayenje!

A Charging Station

Another amazing addition to the infrastructure of Kayenje, is a solar powered cell phone Charging Station!

Nkokonjeru, Uganda

During an unplanned stop in Nnkokonjeru, a remote village on the way to the Nile River, we happened upon an orphanage described as “the place for children nobody wants.” This orphanage not only serves disabled children, it’s also a home for the destitute elderly and a vocational school. The nuns of the Little Sisters of St. Francis run this orphanage like a true home and all residents are loved and well cared for. They learn trades, such as shoe-making, sewing and run a local bakery, a big help to them on their path to self-sufficiency.

Electricity in the Classroom

We installed wiring to bring electricity to the classroom buildings in the compound.

New Water Tanks

To help provide water for a community that has limited mobility, we purchased six 2,500 gallon water tanks.

A New Cooking Stove

The old “stove” was crumbling and the amount of firewood needed cost prohibitive.