This year John Conroy, Mary Fitzgerald, Catherine Ryan, Pearl Nugent, Michelle Murphy, Bronagh, Paul and Sean, a team of dedicated fundraisers and volunteers from Ireland, raised over £16,357 for British based Ugandan charity Soft Power Education.
Their donation not only funded a brand new kitchen and fuel-efficient stove at the Kyomya Residential Unit and complete refurb and paint for the building itself, but also covered the cost of feeding all 24 children for one year as well as paying for substantial art and craft resources, sports equipment and school supplies.
Kyomya Primary School is one of few schools in the Budondo sub county was initially opened to cater for children with hearing impairments and the deaf.
Fundraising by Sheila McCormick paid for a dormitory for the deaf children in 2006, followed five years later by a therapy room. Following this, the unit opened up to children with other physical and intellectual disabilities.
The 24 children are looked after and nurtured by our loyal and caring matrons, Hajjab and Susan. Supported by volunteers and an SEN team, the children are engaged in after school sports and arts activities.