In 2012 Charlene's Project expanded to work in Kahara Primary School based in rural western Uganda. Seeing how little the community had, Charlene's Project was determined to develop a school in partnership with Build Africa, to the same standard as Hidden Treasure.
Kahara Primary School had a mud and straw structure built by parents in which children were taught, however this only served to evidence the impressive commitment that parents and teachers had to improving the lives of the children in their care.
In two years Kahara School has received significant investment from Charlene's Project which has resulted in a new classroom, a borehole, new latrines, teacher accommodation and a community hall being built.
With over 20 children now sponsored, alongside investing in sustainable income generation projects, such as a maize sheller, for the local community, they are now equipped with the tools to thrive in the long term future.
Teacher training and support, particularly in the areas of numeracy, literacy and health promotion have been a high priority for Charlene's Project when we visit our partners in Kahara.
Bernard Surungai Emarket, head teacher of Kahara School shares how investment has made a difference to the whole community.
We have recently completed building a community hall which has been able to host weddings for community members, run a youth forum for the sub county and hold village health team seminars. These were activities that could never be held in our community before and through hosting them, we have been able to raise some money for maintaining the hall.
Investing in capital projects is vitally important to Charlene's Project, however it is always only the first step of a longer term plan. While the buildings are all complete Charlene's Project is focussed on creating sustainable communities through supporting local initiatives alongside investing in the training of teachers like Bernard.
I personally feel honoured and blessed to be getting this chance to increase my learning. I have been planning to go back to school since 2009 however couln't due to lack of funds. I am very happy because many people don't get such chances and my potential as a teacher will now be enhanced by the training. Teaching is a calling for me and this training will help me to be a certified teacher which means I can shine even more.
Demtilla (left) is a teacher at Kahara primary school and she now lives at the school where she has taught for the last two years.
My home is about 15 kilometres from school, it would take me 3 Hours to walk to school on a dry day, when it rained it took much longer.
I am happy to be living in the teachers accomodation, because now I get to school in good time and spend more time with the pupils.