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Trinity Children’s Centre


Nursery, pre-school, kindergarten and Primary 1 to Primary 7 in Kabowa, Uganda

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Trinity Children’s Centre


Nursery, pre-school, kindergarten and Primary 1 to Primary 7 in Kabowa, Uganda

Trinity Children’s Centre

Trinity Children's Centre is a certified primary school in Kabowa, Uganda, a slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda's capital. Founded in 1986 by  Romans and Sarah Serunjogi with just six children in their living room, Trinity now educates more than 1,300 students on four campuses in different areas of Kabowa. The school also maintains dormitory facilities for some 300 boarding students, many of whom have been orphaned to AIDS and other diseases.

Trinity offers nursery, preschool, kindergarten and primary level classes through Primary 7.  Operated by the Serunjogis, Trinity is a thriving alternative to Uganda's failing public primary schools, which are plagued by overcrowding, inadequately trained and overburdened teachers, early drop-out rates and poor student performance.

By contrast, Trinity's teachers are all certified or hold university degrees. Its students consistently score in the top 15 percent nationwide on annual standardized exams. Because Trinity recognizes that students need to know a world language in order to succeed, classes are taught in English once students pass into Primary 3.

A joyful place, Trinity incorporates sports, games, dance and singing classes and sewing instruction into the school week. Trinity also has an impressive brass band to which students vie for membership. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Centenary High School


An exceptional high school located in Masaka, Uganda

Centenary High School


An exceptional high school located in Masaka, Uganda

Centenary High School

 

 

 

The Serunjogis opened the doors to Centenary High School in 1998 with 20 students, one classroom and an office. Today, the school in Masaka, Uganda – about 80 miles southwest of Trinity Children's Centre – accommodates more than 800 students in secondary grades S1 to S6. In addition to an ever-expanding number of classrooms, Centenary's campus includes two dormitories, a science building, a main hall, a library, a computer learning room and several offices.

Like Trinity, Centenary is staffed by dedicated and well-qualified educators and is among the top-rated high schools in the country. Its students consistently score in the top 15 percent on national exams with many qualifying to enter university.  In 2007, Centenary ranked 56 of 2,400 schools on the National O (Ordinary) Level tests; in 2010, it was listed as one of the four best schools in the area. Centenary alumni have gone on to become business owners, engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers and artists.

 

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Double Cure Medical Centre


Providing health care, emergency services, disease education, and dentistry to the people of Mpigi, Uganda

Double Cure Medical Centre


Providing health care, emergency services, disease education, and dentistry to the people of Mpigi, Uganda

Double Cure Medical Centre

 

The health of rural, impoverished Ugandan familes has long been threatened by HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other tropical diseases as well as by poor nutrition and sanitation habits and a lack of health services. The town of Mpigi on the heavily traveled, dangerous road connecting Trinity Children's Center and Centenary HIgh School was especially underserved. About 30 miles south of Kampala, the town and surrounding villages had little or no medical facilities for childbirth and maternal health, immunizations, preventive health education and emergency medical services.

To address that need, the Serunjogis opened a small medical clinic, Double Cure Medical Centre (DCMC), in Mpigi in 2007, employing only a nurse, a midwife, a visiting doctor, and an administrator. With support from ECHOES and other donors, DCMC has since expanded to include a maternity ward, a small general hospital ward, a basic pharmacy, a dental clinic, health education programs (both onsite and in the surrounding villages), an ambulance, a small chapel, an emergency surgery center, and certification as an HIV/AIDS center.

In 2014, Double Cure reached an outstanding average of 90 baby immunisations per month, served 1900 people through outreach, and, in total, served 8399 people from neighboring villages. 

 

 

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St. James School


Supporting education in Philadelphia

St. James School


Supporting education in Philadelphia

St. James School 

In the summer of 2011, ECHOES began its first United States partnership, choosing St. James School, a new independent middle school in the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia. A faith-based school in the Episcopal tradition, St. James is committed to educating traditionally under-resourced students of all faiths in a nurturing environment. In order to be accepted, students must live nearby, have financial need and come from families committed to their children's education and to the St. James community. The school is tuition-free and a registered non-profit organization. To learn more about St. James School, visit www.stjamesphila.org.

Shortly before St. James welcomed its first class of fifth-graders in September of 2011,  ECHOES purchased a van to transport students to school activities and field trips. In 2012, ECHOES made a major gift to the school's art and music programs. In 2013, ECHOES' board members and friends volunteered at a Community Service Day at St. James. ECHOES' financial support has funded the purchase of textbooks and school supplies, shuttle-bus transport for the school choir and a Thanksgiving feast for students and families.

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Project Ensonga


Introducing ECHOES Newest Initiative

Project Ensonga


Introducing ECHOES Newest Initiative

Project Ensonga

Keeping girls in school - no matter what time of the month it is. 

Ugandan girls without sanitary supplies often stay home from school during their periods, missing up to two months of education and opportunity each year. 

Project Ensonga makes and distributes sustainable feminine hygiene kits for students at ECHOES' partner projects: Trinity Children's Centre, Centenary High School, and Double Cure Medical Centre. 

Designed by Days for Girls International, the kits are washable and last up to three years. After kits were distributed in other Ugandan schools, girls' absentee rates dropped from 36% to 8%. 

Here's how you can help:

  • Make kits (shields and liners) yourself or attend a Project Ensonga kit-making event. (Contact Leslie Roy - leslie@supportechoes.org - for instructions and simple sewing patterns.)
  • Make a donation toward fabric and supplies.
  • Purchase items for kits: underwear, wash clothes, ziploc bags, travel-sized soap. (Contact Leslie Roy - leslie@supportechoes.org - for specifications.) 
Donate to Project Ensonga