Awegys Secondary School was started by the mother of Hornbill co-founder Andrew Wegoye. Alice Wegoye, a former teacher and administrator, came out of retirement when no other secondary school existed in her village, and turned her home into a school.
What began with four students taught in her own living room has grown to educate 175 students and now includes classrooms, a library, a science lab, dormitories, a village water well, and a village clinic. The school provides sponsorships for local youth in need, including children affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS.
The school is located outside of Kampala, Uganda. Supplies and donations are always in need and greatly appreciated. Travelers with Hornbill Treks & Safaris are invited to visit the school as part of their journey, see a day in the life of Ugandan youth, meet the communities that their safari supports, and make genuine cross-cultural connections.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Composition Notebooks, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Solar Lantern Lights
*Acrylic Paints, *Acrylic Paint Brushes, Watercolor Paints, and Watercolor Paint Brushes
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops
Checkers, Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble
Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, *Inflation Pumps, *Jump Ropes, Netballs/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
*Antibiotic Ointment, *Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
Pencils, *Pens, *Solar Calculators, and Staplers
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally: *Beans, *Breakfast Porridge, *Fruit, *Oil, *Rice, *Salt, and *Vegetables
Multivitamin Tablets, *Sanitary Napkins, and Toothbrushes
Kigo Primary School in Uganda, near Kampala, provides an education to 700 elementary-school students from the ages of 7 through 12 years old. The school is a day school located across from Awegys Secondary School, and the majority of families in the community are affected by poverty. Items donated to Kigo Primary School directly benefit the school community and its students.
General School Supplies:
*Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, Composition Notebooks, *Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, Markers, Rulers, *Solar Calculators, and *Solar Lantern Lights
Laminated Wall Charts:
Age-Appropriate Story Books
Acrylic Brushes & Paints and Watercolor Brushes & Paints
Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Puzzles
Castanets, Cymbals, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones
Frisbees, *Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netballs/Basketballs, *Soccer Balls, *Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Pencils, Pens, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers
*Toothbrushes, *Toothpaste, and *Chewable Multivitamins
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.