St Francis School and Medical Dispensary

Since it's establishment in 2007, thanks to RND's well-wishers the school now provides education for over 220 children from the ages of 3 -8 years.

The school was established in the slums of Masese in Jinja District, with the aim of providing an education to the most vulnerable children and allowing the parents of these children to focus on creating an income for their family, without having to stay at home top look after their children.

With hundreds of children under the age of 5 in Masese and with very few schools in this area, RND felt it was necessary to establish a nursery school and from there expand into a primary school. This has allowed the children to continue on their educational journey, while welcoming the next year's wave of children into the nursery section.

St Francis currently has 3 nursery classes; baby, middle and top class (children between 3-6 years old) and a primary section; primary 1, 2 and 3 (children between 5-8).

The primary section consists of the following classesNumber of Children:
Nursery Baby Class52
Nursery Middle Class55
Nursery Top Class41
Primary 1 Class (children between 6-7)43
Primary 2 Class (children between 7-8)32
Total Number of Children223

In 2013, depending on funding RND is planning to build a primary 3 class and continue to build one classroom each year for the next 4 years, until we have a complete primary school for our children.

Medical Dispensary

In 2012 RND constructed a small medical dispensary attached to our primary school. The school employs a local nurse who administers basic medicine and first aid to our children and their immediate guardians.

After consulting with the teacher's and the nurse at St Francis, we agreed upon charging a small membership fee for child which registers with the School. The reason for this was to ensure that our dispensary is sustainable for the future years to come. With this initiative we have been able to provide the most affordable basic medical care in the area for our children and their parents.

In addition, after partnering with local clinics in the area, the school is able to pay the transport costs of any child who is admitted to one of the clinics for any major health issues, which cannot be treated in the school dispensary. The local clinics have also allowed the school permission to use their refrigerators for medicine, at no fee as the school doesn't have an electricity supply to house its own refrigerators.