Building a Dining Hall

Building a Dining Hall

In the 90s and early 2000s, this rural corner of Uganda was hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, leaving behind many broken families and a vast number of orphans. In 2010, Stephen Ssematiko decided to open a primary school in order to prevent the younger generation from growing up without an education. Stephen shared his dream with his father, Vincent, who donated the land for the school. In 2015, St. Philomena School opened with only one classroom. St. Philomena School Survives with No Government Funding.
In 2016, Vincent donated more land so they could build a church as well. They wanted to teach the children to read and write, but they also knew how crucial it was to teach the children about the love of God, too. Today, the school and its little church have become the cornerstone of this community. The school currently has 450 students, with more wanting to enroll every year.
Today, the children of St. Philomena School eat their daily meal outside, on the ground. Their nutritious food is then exposed to dirt and insects. This is a major health concern! This dining hall will accomodate 500 students and will be built to last 80-100 years. Students will have access to wash stations, their food will be stored safely, and best of all–they’ll be able to enjoy their meals at a table with chairs!

Building a Dining Hall

Building a Dining Hall

Here’s a Peek at the Construction Progress

Winter 2020

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