All of the proceeds from Run 4 Uganda will go toward purchasing labor and building materials for school building in Kirindi, Uganda. The community’s St. John Deo Balabyekkubo Nursery and Primary School was built in 2007 originally for 104 children but has already grown to more than 300 students. Impact Travel’s task―which they planned with the teachers, local government, village elders and a team spanning the globe―will be to build classrooms for Primary 6 and 7 (Grades 5 and 6 in the U.S.) so that students will be able to properly finish primary school and be eligible for a secondary education.
“In a community where 35% of the students are orphans, it is incredible how people come together to share and lift each other up,” said Lanna Nawa, co-founder of Impact Everything. “The community’s dedication to leaving no one behind and their commitment to education as an investment in young people make a uniquely deserving place to build a school. Impact Travel wants to help the leaders of the village invest in their children and break the cycle of poverty.”
Impact Travel was founded in 2015 in response to the crisis following the Nepal earthquake. The organization raised money through fundraisers like 5k races and was able to rebuild a school in Ramche, Nepal. The current project in Kirindi began with an assessment trip in 2017 when Impact Travel went to the village to learn about the community. They brought in a team, including an architecture major from Brown University and a design major from Rhode Island School of Design, and designed and modeled proposed additions for the new school. In June 2019, the team went back to present the project plans with the 3D model of the school. In 2020 they plan to return to Kirindi to continue working with the community in a partnership with the Uganda-based organization The Kafeero Foundation.
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