During the fall of 2005, John Mary Lugemwa, the founders of Hope Integrated Academy, along with the Uganda Rural Fund envisioned providing quality education to the children of his home village, Kyetume, Uganda (about 40 km South of Masaka). These children, many of which have fallen victim to AIDS, have grown up with no hope for a future.
Hope Integrated Academy’s progress began with having successfully raised funds to build a 5,000 SF school with 14 rooms. Construction began in 2006, and the academy today provides a primary school and after school programs, as well as a successful community library and computer lab. Other initiatives include a piggery program, soccer jerseys, textbooks, and sponsorships for children.
Future plans include the implementation of water and sanitation facilities in conjunction with the Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders in June 2008, and Solar panels with the EWB chapter at Virginia Tech University, December 2008. Vocational education is expected to begin with addition of new facilities in 2008.
The long range plans call for expanding the school population to 500 students (possibly double this size), and the integration of a vocational program, Hope Integrated Academy expects their expansion to include:
BLOCK I (current building, 14 rooms) Two co-enjoined structures Each structure is 7 rooms 10 classrooms 4 offices in the front arch Temporarily two rooms at far right (when you are facing the building) are used for community library and computer center. This leaves us with eight classrooms. One of the office rooms will be temporarily used as the school medical clinic. This leaves us with three offices. * This building might eventually become the administration block. The rooms are small and not really very good for classrooms. BLOCK II (new proposed building) •Three story building ( 3 floors) •Ground Floor: •Community library •Computer Center •Medical Clinic •First Floor: •Girls’ dormitory •Rooms of six students each on bunk beds. •Second Floor •Boys’ dormitory •Rooms of six students each on bunk beds. BLOCK III (new proposed building) •Three story building ( 3 floors) •Ground Floor: •Science Center – laboratory •Dining hall/Conference hall/Theater (multipurpose room) •Storage room •First Floor: •Local teachers residence •International volunteer housing •Second Floor •Local teachers residence •International volunteer housing BLOCK IV (new proposed building) •Three story building ( 3 floors) •Ground Floor: •Shops for vocational courses e.g. carpentry shop, etc. •Merchandise shop/store – selling products made by students from farms and technical workshops e.g. furniture, fabrics, etc. •First Floor: •Classrooms •Second Floor •Classrooms BLOCK V (new proposed building) •One floor – ground building •Chicken house BLOCK VI (new proposed building) One floor – ground building •Kitchen •Food storage roomThis program corresponds to the accompanying sketch by the academy founder John Mary Lugemwa.
To date, the current school building is too small too accommodate the class sizes needed. A new facility will need to provide adequate space for classes. There is also a need for dormitories for both students and teachers. The available site is approximately 2 acres, directly south and east of the existing school. Architecture For Humanity's charge, is to develop designs for the new facilities as well as a master plan for the site.
Further information about Hope integrated academy and the Uganda Rural fund can be found at the following web links: http://www.hopeacademyuganda.org/ www.ugandaruralfund.org http://www.ugandaruralfund.org/news.htm