Maggie’s visit to Hosanna 2016

Greetings from Hosanna School – A letter from Maggie 

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On my recent visit to Hosanna Primary School in the Kisenyi district of Kampala I was again reminded of the incredible impact the school has on its pupils and their families. Kisenyi is not a good place to live. It is dirty, noisy, smelly and dangerous for children, with open drains crisscrossing the ground. The dwellings on the whole are just one room with no sanitation or electricity. Hosanna School provides a safe space within its boundaries with free access to toilets and clean water, as well as a good standard of basic education and a caring environment The school fees are deliberately kept low and pupils are not turned away if their families are unable to pay. Thus funding from the Support Group charity plays a vital part in the viability of the school, enabling it to function efficiently. Thanks to your continuing support the school is able to provide free daily porridge for each of its 900 pupils, supplement the teachers’ salaries, provide stationery and teaching materials, pay for exam fees and keep the buildings maintained. Those paying fees for ex Hosanna pupils at Secondary School are enabling these young people to continue their education and improve their chances of gaining  meaningful employment, something not normally possible for children from Kisenyi. As my visit coincided with the end of Term the Trustees agreed to provide funding for each class to have an end of term party, a real treat for staff and pupils alike!

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The staff, parents and pupils have asked me to tell you how much they appreciate your interest and support for them and for the work of the school. On behalf of the Trustees I too would like to add my thanks to all our supporters. With regard to the ongoing dispute about the ownership of the land, the final 2 days in court are scheduled for 24th and 25th January. The Lawyer representing the school is very confident that the judgment will go in their favour. So we look forward to this issue being satisfactorily resolved in 2017 and for a bright future for all at Hosanna Primary School

Maggie Maclean                  Jan 2017