April 2022 Update: School re-opens and heads for independence

Written on April 15, 2022 at 9:29 am, by patharper

We can’t thank all our supporters enough for continuing to support Kakunyu School throughout the difficult last 2 years. With their unwavering support, The Friends of Kakunyu School Charity (FroKS) has been able to keep all the teachers on half salary while the school has been closed, thus ensuring that the school was staffed and ready to open when life in Uganda returned to normal in March 2022.

We are aiming that the school will be independent from December 2022, and so it will no longer need our regular salary support from that date. 

FroKS will continue to provide salary support until then. We will also continue to support specific expenditure and projects at the school, as agreed with the School Management committee, until December 2022. The Charity’s Trustees will then wind up the FrOKS charity early in 2023.

The wonderful support we’ve had over the years has allowed this amazing school to thrive and grow as it has done, and we are so grateful.  

October 2019 Newsletter is here!

Written on October 22, 2019 at 9:43 am, by patharper

The latest newsletter about Kakunyu School is now available. Lots of news about visitors, gaining the support of the Masaka Marathon, and the mending at last of the underground tank. Hurrah! Click here for the October 2019 Kakunyu Newsletter, or download it from the link on the left of the page.

WI talk raises funds

Written on September 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm, by patharper

Pat Harper, one of the Trustees of Friends of Kakunyu School, gave a talk about the school to the Marlborough WI on September 4th. She took some baskets and purses which had been made by the Kakunyu community, and some binyebwa (ground nut sauce – yum) for them all to try (which most did and agreed it is DELICIOUS). The fee for the talk, and the generous donations made by the ladies there, raised £108 for FroKS. Thank you VERY much, Marlborough WI, for giving FroKS the chance to talk about Kakunyu to a wider audience, and for your generosity.

Kakunyu School celebrates 9 years

Written on May 14, 2019 at 11:17 am, by patharper

What a journey it has been to reach the photo below, taken in November last year!

FroKS recently received the Headteacher’s monthly report for the start of the new academic year. He said how proud he was of the Primary 7 students who had left the school in December 2018. Fifteen students who have successfully completed their Primary Education due to the expertise of the teachers and school management. The Trustees are in no doubt that at least thirteen of these children would probably not have achieved anything like this if Kakunyu School had not been established.

 A few of these children will move on to Secondary school, but the majority will not. The achievement of completing their Primary Education and passing their PLE (Public Leaving Exams) will give all these children a really good head-start into life in rural Uganda. One of our students (Gertrude) was awarded a scholarship to attend a Secondary boarding school some distance from Kakunyu. She will join another of our ex-students (Solivia) who was awarded a scholarship there last year. Both of these inspiring girls are hoping to become doctors – let’s hope they achieve this!,

 The report goes on to talk about the 122 students who have returned or started at the school in the new academic year, and of the 13 school staff and 3 support staff who work so hard to make sure things run smoothly. Of course, we still have lots of challenges and problems to solve but we just wanted to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has walked with us and supported us in so many different ways on this journey.

September 2018 newsletter is here!

Written on September 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm, by patharper

September’s Newsletter has been written by Rachel, one of our Trustees, who visited Kakunyu earlier this year with her husband and two friends. Read all about the experiences of Lisa, one of her friends who became part of the Kakunyu family for a while in February. You’ll learn about our P7 class of 14 (FOURTEEN) students as they prepare to leave the school, and you’ll see that the selfie craze has hit rural Uganda…..

To read the latest Kakunyu School Newsletter, click on the link on the left, under LATEST NEWSLETTER in the green box.

January 2018 Newsletter is here!

Written on January 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm, by patharper

Read about Solivia, tailoring diva, Rachel’s drain and how well Bacca is doing. Also news about a very special B&B opening up for just one month in Masak at the end of 2018, ready to host your visit to Kakunyu…

Download it by clicking on teh link to the left, under LATEST NEWSLETTER.

Kakunyu School Newsletter June 2017 is here!

Written on June 28, 2017 at 9:03 am, by patharper

Read all about Charlie’s visit, the school’s wonderful Management Committee and how our new “P7” class is doing. Lots going on, as usual!

FroKS Kakunyu Newsletter June 2017

Physiotherapy block finished!

Written on January 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm, by patharper

Goodness what a difference 6 months make! The amazing physiotherapy block is now finished and open for business. Situated Down, where the boarders live, the new building has a working shower (with the very first shower head in the village) and sink as well as a large, clean floor space. It’ll be a great place to undertake physiotherapy with the disabled students, but will also be used as a dining room for all the children; as a common room for the boarders in the evenings; and as a classroom during the day. It’s entirely guttered, with the gutters leading to a huge watertank which supplies the shower and sink, so is pretty much self-sufficient.

Neil and Kate Miller’s extraordinarily-generous donation also enabled the school to build a wall round the perimeter of the Down compound, so now everyone and everything is kept safe and secure within that wall. And is if that weren’t enough – there’s now a clean, locked garage for the Airtel car (previously kept 7 miles away in Masaka) and the boda-boda, so they’re secure as well as instantly accessible.  Check out the photos and be in awe!