Official Opening Day for Collective Heart Academy - The School Looks Beautiful!
The official opening day of the Children's Academy for the Collective Heart was one of the best days I have spent in Uganda so far. It was so uplifting to see how the community and school committee members came together to prepare a really wonderful event. I enjoyed spending the day with this caring and committed group of people, and I had almost as much fun hanging decorations with everyone, as I did attending and being part of the ceremony. Everyone really pulled together to make it a great day and it made me feel really proud and excited to be part of this initiative. We are especially thankful to the following organizations for their support in building this school as well as our second school project at St. Joseph Magogo: The Collective Heart, The Unstoppable Foundation, and The Mark Victor Hansen Foundation — without these generous and loving organizations, the dream of education would never come true for hundreds of children.
Current students, looking spectacular in their uniforms, prepare for the celebration
The official ribbon cutting takes places!
And a Mango Tree is planted to grow as the school grows
Students give amazing performances, here great Buganda dancing, thanks to the coaching of Head Mistress, Judith and Senior Teacher, Eve
The winner of the first performance does a happy dance with Eve, the Senior Teacher
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A skit by local performers on the importance of sending kids to school
Distinguished guests included Local Government Chairman who provided support and encouraged parents to enroll children in school
Here with hard working and wonderful school committee members of Collective Heart for cutting of the cake
Students are so happy and excited for the gifts as a reward for each of their strengths as students
250 people attending the opening ceremony which consisted mostly of parents and children
Happy girls play on the new playground - children love this new addition to the school
After the ceremony, it's time for some serious dancing and fun, we all had a blast!