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About the School

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Rubaga Community School is located on the outskirts of Kampala – the capital of the East African country, Uganda. As many other parts of the country, the local community of Rubaga suffered severely during the Ugandan civil war in the 70s and 80’s. During this time, an elderly lady, Jjajja Manjeri, took in 3 orphans and started educating the children, in hope of providing a future for them. Because of her good work in the community, more children who were in difficult circumstances were sent to Jjajja Manjeri. The school, today known as Rubaga Community School, has since progressed very well and has achieved a lot, from starting educating children under a tree to having multiple classrooms.

The school has governmental approval and certification as an educational institution, but it receives no economic support from the state. Since day one, the spirit of the school has been saturated by an unselfish desire to help others, and in that spirit the school continues today. Locals run the daily operations with help from international NGOs like International Child Welfare Service (ICWS) and Rubaga Friends.

Education and Boarding

Over the years, the school has experienced a phenomenal growth and has now grown from 3 students to 280 which today span from nursery school to primary 7.

We have 80 children who are boarders at our school. Of the 80, about 50 of them are orphans who in many cases have lost either one or both parents to AIDS. As a consequence, the school provides full boarding for these children, as the school becomes their home and only means of stability in their lives. We also have day students whose parents are able to pay the school fees, which help to cover the running costs of the school.

An Ordinary Day at Rubaga Community School

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The daily day at Rubaga Community Scool is pretty much the same as any other day and boarding school, but a few exceptions. We raise the children as they would have been raised if they lived at home with their Ugandan families. This means they help with preparing the meals, clean their dormitories, wash their clothes and other chores.

School starts at 8am and ends at 4pm. In between, they have a one-hour lunch break which consists of a typical Ugandan meal. This could be matoke (cooked green bananas), beans, posho (maize meal), cassava, vegetables, sweet potatoes, chicken or dry fish.

After school, the boarders have some free time until dinner at 6pm, which is followed by prep time. Bedtime for the younger boarders is at 7:30pm, while for the older ones it is at 9:30pm.

Voulenters at the School

From time to time we take in volunteers at the school. Most common is a 3-6 month stay for students finishing their teaching education, or anyone else who can contribute with their knowledge or expertise that the pupils will benefit off. The typical profile of a candidate is a person capable of independent thinking, and a will to adapt to foreign culture. Working at the school cannot be considered a vacation, and applicants must be mature and able to perform as part of a team. Volunteers are able to rent a 2-bedroom house near the school.