BACKGROUND OF TOOWA VILLAGE
Population and Housing
Toowa (pronounced Toe-ah!) is a small village found above the hills of Lugazi (one of Uganda’s busiest industrial towns). Toowa has a population of about 6000 people of which the biggest percentage of the population are women and children.
Toowa Primary School lies on the hills behind Lugazi and is the only centre for education for the children of some of the poorest families in the region.
The people in Toowa live in temporary and semi permanent houses. A few families can afford constructing their own houses. This means that most of them rent houses where they live.
The sanitation facilities for the people are not very good as a few families can afford constructing good pit latrines and rubbish pits. Getting water is also a challenge since most water sources are very distant and are in valleys, children are usually sent for water which they carry in plastic cans on their heads. We have recently benefitted from a generous donation of a water tank and clean water facilities from the Ugandan Water Project.
The major economic activity in Toowa is subsistence farming [peasant farming] where people grow food on a small scale for home consumption and the rest is sold to cater for the families other needs like buying soap, medicine, clothing and educating the children. Farming is a challenge for certain families that are very poor that they can not afford buying land to practice farming. These families therefore rent land and cultivate it so that they can get food for their families.
A local stone quarry provides some employment for mothers, these women sit all day with small hammers and a pile of large rocks reducing them to aggregate for making concrete. It is hard, taxing work but necessary if these mothers are to find a way to get their children to go to school…their only way out of the perpetual generations of poverty that have afflicted the community.
Other employment activities are brick laying, poultry farming and for those who can afford a motorbike, providing a basic taxi service using motorbikes known in Uganda as a Boda-boda.
Toowa village has only two legally licensed schools. One of these schools is a public school called Kiteza primary school. Parents of this school do not pay any money for their children’s education but the quality of education provided is very poor. This results in children failing national exams taken at grade 7.
The other school is our school called Toowa Community Primary School. The school was started by the church after realising the need for a better quality education on the village.
The challenge that the school is facing is parents not being able to pay school fees for their children in time. When parents realise that they owe money to the school, they either take their children to the public school or stop schooling and resort to farming. This has resulted in many children to dropping out of school and boys tend to resort to drink and drugs whilst girls are married off while still very young.
At Toowa, children pay about £15 pounds per month to have an education and also have a good meals at school.
Some of the children live very far from the school and it takes them about 3 hours to walk to school every morning. To address this (in February 2021) completed the build of a dormitory for such children so that they can sleep on the school premises.
Toowa Primary School currently supports over 450 children from the rural village of Toowa, which lies in the hills behind Lugazi in Uganda. The school caters for children whose families are so poor that they cannot afford to send them to school were it not for the support they get from the donors who help the school. The school needs funding to help it and the children develop for the future, making it possible for more needy children to benefit from the education provided. If you can help the school develop and help a child access education please view our Sponsor a Child page. Every donation large or small will make a difference for the children of Toowa.
Friends of Toowa Charity and the management of Toowa School wish to thank those who support their work in providing quality education to children who could not otherwise access it.