Another Visit to Bugabo


This summer, I was given the opportunity to lead five students involved with BT chapters on a trip to Uganda. We ended up staying in Bugabo and therefore got to spend time with Christine and the community members building the school. This was not the first visit to Bugabo for me and therefore gave me the opportunity to see both the progress made and the challenges that remain.

Visiting the temporary school, it became obvious that the BT Academy can’t open soon enough. The current structure, made of little more than branches and straw, is barely big enough to hold three classes and the chalkboard has been all but washed away by rain. The community had discussed adding a much-needed P4 class, but with the school already maxed out on space and resources this was just not possible.

The BT Academy will alleviate many of these issues by providing ample classroom space, seven classrooms in all, in a sturdy building with a chalkboard that can actually serve its purpose. The students will be able to learn without the limitations that they currently face.

I saw some familiar faces in Bugabo from my last visit including Isaac and Trevor, two young and always-cheerful students who, as I later learned, are actually brothers. Both have grown and are eagerly awaiting the opening of the BT Academy – set to take place in the next few months. I can’t wait to see the day when they will attend the Academy and be able to learn and thrive in a properly equipped classroom.


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