“Our aim is to advance education, and protect and preserve the health of pupils attending Hosanna Primary School in Kisenyi, Kampala, Uganda: in particular, but not exclusively by provision of financial support.”
Interest from the UK began in 2002 when Maggie Maclean’s sister visited the school while working in Kampala. She sent her a photo of the wooden classroom with nothing in it except benches and very smiley children. Maggie who taught in a comprehensive school was very struck by the contrast between Hosanna school and her own teaching environment. She wrote to Nsubuga Anne and suggested they should correspond and form a link. Anne agreed and the Hosanna School Support Group was set up in Jan 2003. At this time there was no water supply on site, the school toilets were pit latrines and there was one wooden building in use as Church and School.
In her first letter Anne explained that as most of the parents could not afford to give their children breakfast, the school provided a cup of maize porridge daily at a cost of the equivalent of 3.7p. Many families could not afford this. She wrote ‘I would always love this cup to be free of charge but the school can’t afford it.’
The cost of free porridge for all the pupils at that time was about £1,000 per year. Maggie started showing the photos and telling work colleagues, friends and family about the school, several of whom said they would like to help. So a bank account was set up and by January 2003 Anne was able to announce to the parents that every child at the school would receive their daily porridge free of charge.