The HOPEFUL School is a primary school built and supported by Fields of Growth to provide a free education for over 275 Ugandan children.
Anyone that has ever participated in a volunteer visit to the HOPEFUL school in rural Masaka will tell you it was a very special, powerful experience. The school started from the humblest of beginnings; a temporary structure made of tree branches and papyrus mats. Over the past several years, the school has come a long way through the collective work of the visiting student-athletes and the local community. It has been a slow, gradual process with development taking place as we received funding from donors and support from our volunteers and the community.
We have been on a long Mission of Accompaniment with community partners to build this school, and brick by brick we have constructed more then a school, we’ve built a Family of Friends that are continuously growing and learning from each other. The quality of relationships that have been established by working hand-in-hand with the children, parents and staff at the school has led to a special spirit and culture of solidarity that permeates our shared work. Our work at the HOPEFUL school reminds us of the African Proverb, Ubuntu (meaning “I am because of who we all are.”) In an interdependent world we know that when we are in service to others, we are very consciously in service to ourselves because we are making the world a better, more peaceful and more just place to live.
In our early conversations with community leaders in Kkindu the number one priority that people desired was improved access to quality education. The HOPEFUL school reflects serve this need and our commitment to education. The HOPEFUL school also reflects our commitment to service and youth sport development. Pursuant to recent changes in made by the Ministry of Education in Uganda, physical education is now a mandatory part of the curriculum. We work hard to provide the HOPEFUL school with the resources it needs to help children develop their talents outside the classroom in sports, arts and culture.