Little Angels is a privately run primary school and orphanage in Mityana, Uganda, about fifty miles west of Kampala. The majority of schools in Uganda are private due to the poor standard of education at government schools. The school was started by a local community member, Sarah Kiggundu, in 2002 to meet the needs of families and their school aged children in her local community. When Little Angels first started it provided for the needs of 14 orphans in the local community. The school has grown over the last 8 years and today the school meets the educational needs of 400 students in pre‐primary through primary 7. Of these 400 students, 200are orphans, and 70 of these orphans board at Little Angels.
Project Kesho has been working with Little Angels since the fall of 2007. Since then Project Kesho has supported Little Angels through several projects: construction of a new bathroom, rainwater catchment system, SODIS water purification, classroom structural repair, health needs, and food, sleeping, and educational supply purchases.
Little Angels has a solid base upon which to build. The school leadership is creative, energetic, and refuses to concede defeat. Since the school was started by local people to address their own needs, they have an active stake in seeing it continue. The students who attend school, and especially the orphans who board, do not suffer from neglect; school leadership is very concerned about their wellbeing. There are, however, several current pressing needs:
Health/Education can be expensive. Continued funding is needed to adequately feed, clothe, and meet a child's health and educational needs. Those that are HIV positive need special care and attention, including expensive medication and frequent trips to the local clinic.
Infrastructure projects are underway. Several projects have already been completed (new bathroom facilities, classroom construction and repair), but there is still work to be done, especially building proper classrooms and sleeping areas.