During the July crisis of 2016 the villages adjacent to the UNbase Nakituni and African Queens were harassed and attacked, the area was heavily contested over a four day period resulting in the looting of most of their belongings and total destruction of community areas including the local school. Village elders have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to rebuild their lives, unfortunately with a dire economic situation, fragile security and scarce employment they have been unable to reestablish their lost school without assistance.
CURRENT SITUATION: In direct cooperation with the community of African Queens village, four buildings have been sourced (three classrooms and an office/store) two teachers have agreed to return and funding has been agreed to open the school and provide free education for three months, after which the school will be self-funded by the community - as it was prior to Jul 16.
At the 5th of February 2018 the school opened with 51 children but they expect to attract up to 100 within weeks and potentially numbers will rise to several hundred or more within months.
Being in school gives children some protection from being recruited as child soldiers or forced into other dangerous means of survival, such as selling sex.