A school started in 2005…

In 2005 a school was housed in two small rooms at the home of the Association’s founder. There were six children, most with multiple disabilities and some orphaned. Since then, the Parents’ Association has undertaken numerous programmes to ensure the development of the school, and for the last four years, the school has provided an exemplary model educational program.

The school has also provided a site for social workers’ training and practicum, especially for students from Canada and Ugandan universities. These social workers, and some volunteering parents, have continued to carry out sensitisation campaigns to fight stigma and discrimination of disabled children in the surrounding communities.

This resulted in a significant growth of the school, and there are now 69 children at the school (January 2012) , and 430 parents registered as members of the Parents’ Association. Most of these registered parents have children who would wish to join the school, but because of limited resources, they cannot yet be taken on.

In an effort to expand the school to accommodate the increasing need, the Association received support from Canadian well wishers (who were students volunteering at the school). Other contributions were collected from members themselves, and 2 acres of land were bought in October 2008.

November 2008 – funding received to build the school

In November 2008, the Association received funding from Ms. Janet Lowe, a well wisher from the United Kingdom (UK), through an international non-governmental organisation (Send a Cow) to facilitate the construction of a specialised school for nursery children and children with special educational needs.

September 2009 – nearing completion

At her visit to Uganda in September 2009 to check on the progress of the school project, Janet was amazed at the work the school’s management had achieved. A three-classroom block and an office had been constructed and were nearing completion.

July 2010

On the 6th April 2010, children with special educational needs and staff were welcomed  into the new school building, making a step of independence from the home of Mary and Moses, where the school had been housed since it started. The children in the photo are in their new classroom, and are showing their new text books which were donated by Candice, a friend from Canada.

February 2011

Aat the start of the new academic year, a new nursery class was added and the school welcomed the first nursery school children.

By the end of the academic year in December 2011, there were 69 children enrolled at Kakunyu School – 28 boarders and 30 day students, with 11 based at home.  There are 3 teachers, two caretakers, one cook, a matron, a porter and a security guard. Kabiito Mary is the Association’s Director.