The Boda Boda Rider who is helping to build a school in Karamoja
From early September, the entire team at the East Africa office were involved in seeking partners, sponsors and individual contributions from anyone and everyone who would help the Fields of Life (FOL) Alumni build a primary school for 350 children in Karamoja, North Eastern Uganda.
As the date of the East Africa Showcase concert drew closer and late nights in office became common, one worried alumni asked; “How on earth shall we build a complete school?”.
One evening Dan Byaruhanga, a boda boda rider who always picked up one of the staff, wondered what we were doing.
“You are building a school in Karamoja?” he asked, “I would also like to give! Next week when I pick you up, please don’t pay me, but give the money to the Alumni campaign.”
So the next week, Dan donated the cash equivalent of a one hour ride; 6,000 Ugandan Shillings, a quarter of his net daily income, towards the construction of a school he will probably never visit, in a region he has only heard of.
By the time of the Showcase, on 11th November 2016 in Kampala, Dan had already fulfilled his pledge and had promised to talk to his fellow boda boda friends because in his words; “I trust that the school will be built.”
Dan is just one of many individuals and companies who have joined with the FOL Alumni in fundraising for the school in Karamoja. MK publishers delivered a whole truckload of textbooks for the school library when complete, Crest Tanks offered water tanks and Eco Pad offered sanitary pads for the school girls.
The drive to build a school in Karamoja is spearheaded by the Fields of Life Alumni as the first project majorly funded with local support.
How shall we build the school in Karamoja? One partner at a time! Will you join us?