It has been two weeks since my return from Uganda, and I'm still overwhelmed with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the amazing people I met and the experiences I had there. The most rewarding part of my trip was visiting the classrooms, connecting with the children and teachers, and witnessing the transformative impact of the coffee project.
The coffee project has made a substantial positive impact on the school and community, thanks to the incredible support of our customers. We are proud to say that we are currently able to provide funding for all the monthly teachers' salaries and offer food to both the school and the local community. It is amazing to see that the number of children attending school has increased significantly, from 87 to over 240 in just two years. The school has also undergone impressive transformations since my last visit.
One of the most significant improvements is the new kitchen, which features an efficient eco stove and a smoke-free environment, making life better for everyone at the school. The colourful mural on the wall has also made the kitchen a welcoming and inviting space. However, there are still several challenges the school and community face, such as a lack of resources for students and teachers.
To address these challenges, we have committed to providing a monthly budget to ensure that every child has access to pens and exercise books, and teachers have the necessary teaching materials. We have also identified another significant challenge - the sickness among some of the children due to drinking dirty water from a local swamp. To address this, we plan to get quotes for drilling a borehole on the school grounds to provide clean, safe water, which would be a lifeline for many families in the community.
During our visit, we gifted the staff with Kickstart Coffee t-shirts as a token of our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. We are continually strengthened by the ongoing support of our customers, and we remain committed to creating a better future for the school and community in Uganda. Thank you for making a difference!