Children of Madera & Our Impact
Mission Madera supports five schools in the Madera area, located within the town of Soroti, Uganda:
St. Ann’s Madera Girls’ Primary School - 1,062 students, P1-P7
St. Francis Primary School for the Blind - 100+ students, P1-P7, coeducational
St. Francis Secondary School for the Blind - 85+ students, S1-S6, coeducational
St. Mary’s Girls’ Primary School - 900 students, S1-S6
Little Angel’s Nursery School - 60+ students, 3 years
Please note that St. Francis Primary and Secondary Schools for the Blind are the only schools specifically for blind students in all of Uganda.
The children of all five schools are truly amazing and unique. They possess an unreserved sense of joy and genuine happiness. They appreciate their schools which become, over time, their home away from home. Some students are orphans and as such, their schools truly become “home”. For blind students, most of their parents have neglected them and threw them to the streets. In Uganda (and most of Africa), being blind is looked upon as a curse, causing many blind children to be vulnerable.
Each student is given a bed, supplies for class, and three meals a day. Meals include porridge for breakfast and pocho and beans for lunch and dinner. The children take care of their school grounds, often sweeping, cleaning, and tidying up.
In the primary school, the older girls mentor the younger and become extensions of the teaching faculty. Older girls often lead prayers and singing during Mass.
In both the primary and secondary blind schools, children help one another. While some students are completely blind, many have partial sight. As a result, they can be found leading those with less sight from building to building.
A Day in the Life of a Madera Student
7am Wake Up & Wash
8:00am Prayers & breakfast
12:30-2pm Free Time
5pm Pray the Rosary
8-10pm Extra help & Prep Classes
*Uganda Education System Explained:
Similar the United States, Ugandan students are enrolled in Nursery, Primary, and Secondary school.
Nursery - 3 years
Primary (Elementary) - 7 years
Secondary (high school) - 6 years
University after Secondary school
The Impact of Mission Madera
Our goal is to introduce people from America to the amazing children of Madera. While we feel that we make a difference in their lives, they ultimately impact our lives so much more. We always leave feeling that they gave us more than we could ever give them.
PROJECTS FROM 2019 (NEW!)
St. Ann's Primary School (1,065 girls)
dry well repairs near bathing and drinking area
approved funding for new dining hall and food prep area
new ceiling for infirmary
new mosquito nets for students who did not own one
bulletin boards for Primary 1 class (2 classes)
200 books purchased for library
new musical instruments purchased
jump ropes, hula hoops, and other recreation toys purchased
St. Francis Primary AND Secondary School for the Blind (200 students)
ramp with rail for computer lab and offices (approved; not completed)
mosquito net screens
3 large monitors for ZoomText (software for visually impaired students)
painting and window repairs to buildings
new water purifier purchased
Little Angels Nursery School (70 children)
all classrooms were painted
3 mats purchased for each room
toys, books, scholastic supplies delivered
70 new chairs purchased for classrooms
St. Mary's Girls' Secondary School (900 girls)
NEW TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE
Mission Madera's fifth partner school is St. Mary’s! We will begin within the next few months working with Oysters and Pearls (nonprofit that works with blind students and technology) to initiate Technovation, a program that works with select students to further expand computer and ICT skills for future careers. This will open countless opportunities for students, as technology and ICT skills are in high demand within the job market of Uganda.
SUccessful Projects Completed in 2017 & 2018
New computer lab, Primary School
New computer lab, Primary Blind School
New computer lab, Secondary Blind School
New computers purchased- all three schools
Blind student software license (“JAWS”) purchased
New floors installed, Primary Blind School
Classrooms painted, Primary School and Nursery
Dining room tables and benches purchased, Primary School (54 benches and 27 tables)
Preschool painted & refurbished
LSOSF Convent guest houses refurbished
Feminine products purchased, all three schools
Malaria kits purchased, Primary School
19 new doors and locks for St. Francis Primary Blind School classes & dormitories
Soccer Balls for Joy, all three schools (over 60 soccer balls delivered)
Electricity and new tile floor for the Computer Room, Primary School