Supporting Education in Uganda
Saint Cyprian Chavanod College
In 2003 Caritas Finland set up a programme to help children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda. The project is a collaboration with Saint Cyprian Chavanod College in Luweero: funds from Finland allow the school to provide free education for children from poor backgrounds, making it possible for them to stay in school when they would not otherwise be able to do so.
For a number of years the project was partly funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The last ministry monies were used in Uganda in 2013, but the collaboration between Caritas Finland and St Cyprian Chavanod College in Luweero continues.
The annual fee for one pupil at the secondary schools is EUR 150 for those attending the day school and EUR 220 for those who also board. The school also provides the boarding school pupils with health care and teaches them practical skills that they would have learnt at home if their situation had been different. St Cyprian Chavanod College is a four-year secondary school which is the diocesan school of Ksana Luweero Diocese. The classes include mathematics, chemistry, physics, English and Luganda, but also practical subjects such as office work, bookkeeping and farming. The school is run by Indian sisters of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, a religious order that is engaged in education efforts in a number of countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the AIDS epidemic has caused large-scale problems in Uganda. Children are particularly hit by the epidemic: in 2009 more than 1.2 million children in Uganda had lost their parents to AIDS.
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