For over 19 years now, REACH for Uganda and our sister organization in Uganda, the Arlington Academy of Hope, have worked hard to lift education standards in eastern Uganda. Our two primary schools have an enrollment of over 800 students each year, providing untold opportunities for hundreds of kids who would otherwise not have a chance to advance. Students who complete our primary school program travel to boarding schools far away to continue their education. Our dream since we started has been a secondary school or high school of our own, in our region, so our kids can complete the equivalent of a K–12 education before we release them to college. Today, that dream is closer to reality.
In 2021, USAID awarded us an $800,000 grant for the construction of a secondary school of our own. Our leadership team and major donors have pledged $900,000 toward construction costs. Our budget for the first construction phase is $2.7 million, which means we are almost 68% there. We now need to raise $1 million to complete this first phase.
We appreciate any amount of support to reach this goal! Our environmental and monitoring plans were approved by USAID and our team has selected a construction firm. Our President, Dick Burk, is in Uganda ready to sign a construction contract. Your generous support will help provide a secure, permanent learning place for our students and ensure that the academic excellence we have introduced at primary school continues through secondary school.