Fund a Child's Education

Here is Lillian Ayiyo (middle). She is nine years old. She wants to study and become a nurse to heal sick children. Unfortunately her dreams have been put on hold. She has not gone to school for more than two years.

You see, Lillian’s family was evicted from their land in Rwamutonga village, Bugambe Sub County, Hoima District. In October 2014, at least 225 families were evicted and forced to settle in an IDP camp in Kakopo village, Katanga Parish, Bugambe Sub county, Hoima district. Her old school and her old friends became something of the past. Her books and uniforms were burnt along with her family’s property when land grabbers raided her village and broke down and burnt their homes. Together with her friends Alice Anirwoth, Francis Okello, Samuel Oki and 415 children in the camp, they have missed two years of learning because there is no school in the camp; two years that would have put them ahead.

We must not let them wallow in the IDP camp without a good education. If they cannot go to school, we at Global Rights Alert are saying that let us take school to them in the IDP camp as they wait for justice.

In Partnership with parents at the IDP camp, and local leaders, Transparency International (TIU), Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and Civil Response on Environment and Development (CRED) and Global Rights Alert (GRA) are running an education fundraising drive to support a makeshift school started by parents in the Rwamutonga IDP camp. The makeshift establishment has 415 pupils. Another 15 children in this camp are post-primary students. This fundraiser is intended to enable the children to study so that if and when justice prevails, they can comfortably catch up with the rest so that they do not miss out on the right to education. We want to put Lillian on the path to realising her dream of becoming that nurse. These are my children, your children, our children. Join us; let’s give them an education and a smile. We want to raise Shs 47,844,935 million to support 415 pupils.

Genesis of the land conflicts leading to eviction

The clashes that led to the eviction of the people from their land in Rwamutonga started in 1968 when farming communities settled on the land started having issues with Joshua Tibagwa, a cattle keeper whose cattle would destroy people’s crop gardens. However the conflicts escalated in 2009 when Tibagwa wanted to sell his land to investors who wanted a bigger piece of land amounting to some hundreds of acres.

The residents say that all was okay until Robert Bansigaraho, another resident, went behind their backs and secretly surveyed and registered their land in his own name in November 2011. A year later, Joshua Tibagwa also secretly obtained certificate of title that encompassed the customary interests of the locals. In 2013, Tibagwa and Bansigaraho came into consent and Bansigaraho sold his land to Tibagwa who got a court order that was wrongfully used to evict all the people.

On 25th August 2014, at around 8:30am, 31 police officers commanded by the District Police Commander, Hoima, the Officer in Charge Hoima Police Station and 120 strong men led by Masindi High Court-Court Bailiff KaratungaTadeo stormed the village of Rwamutonga, Bugambe sub county armed with a court order and evicted over 350 households destroying their homes, crops and granaries. Some 350 families were evicted from Block 7 Plot 44 (measuring 103 hectares) and

on neighbouring Block 5 Plot 34 in the names of Joshua Tibagwa (measuring 382 hectares). The land was to be leased to American Company McAlester Energy Resources who want to build an oil waste treatment facility.

Over 100 families ran away and 225 stayed. After the eviction, the situation became worse because the eviction was abrupt. The local people of Rwamutonga sued Bansigaraho Robert and Hoima District Land Board challenging the unlawful issuance of a land title to Robert Bansigaraho for land comprised in  FRV 1051, Folio 16,Plot 44 Block 7 land at Rwamutonga, Katanga, Bugambe, Buhaguzi, Hoima District. The local people claim that they own customary interests in the land which were never taken into account in the issuance of the certificate of title. They are seeking for an order for cancellation/rectification of the Certificate of Title issued by Hoima District Land Board to Bansigaraho Robert.

They also sued Tibagwa Joshua and others plus Hoima District Land Board challenging the actions of the defendants which denied them enjoyment of their legitimate customary interest(s) in land comprised in LRV 1228, Folio 18, Buhanguzi County, Hoima District. They want an order for cancellation/rectification of the said Certificate of Title to exclude their customary land and an order for a permanent injunction restraining Tibagwa from evicting them from the suit land as customary tenants.

After the eviction, Families were scattered while others were stranded with no place to sleep. They were forced into an IDP camp sitting on 2 acres of land surrendered by a Good Samaritan. Children who were at school dropped out and this created gaps between the camp people and the local community. The church where the children were studying was burnt. The distance to the nearest school was over 7 kilometres which is too long for children.

The court has since declared the eviction to be illegal and unlawful but unfortunately the question of restitution of the affected people on the land awaits judgement. In the meantime people continue to suffer.

People cannot work to earn a living to support their families and their school going children. This forced the IDP people to start a makeshift school in the camp.

They invited a qualified nursery school teacher who was joined by three other volunteer teachers to help teach the children at the makeshift school. The camp has 230 adults + 714 children. Of the children, 235 are currently in the school at the camp of which 131 boys and 156 girls. Some 180 children are in the nearest UPE School at Katanga Primary School but only 80 go to school constantly.

Another 247 children, some of whom are under 5 years, are not in school. While some are below age, others are not mobilised to join school.

This is why we must join hands and support these children to continue with school and continue with their lives.

You can donate in cash or Physical items for one year

 

BUDGET FOR RWAMUTONGA EDUCATION FUNDRAISING

 

Unit Price

Units

Frequency

Total

         

Books

7500

200

3

4,500,000

Pens

6,000

80

3

1,440,000

Pencils

2,000

80

3

480,000

Story books

20,000

50

1

1,000,000

School Syllabus books

25,000

200

1

5,000,000

Blackboard

100,000

6

1

600,000

Chalk

3,500

60

3

630,000

Markers

6,500

10

3

195,000

Desk Sharpners

35,000

6

1

210,000

Rubbers

500

30

3

45,000

Rulers

1,500

60

3

270,000

Rim of Ruled paper

12,000

50

3

1,800,000

Clear bags

1,500

50

3

225,000

Manila paper

500

50

3

75,000

Duster

2,500

10

3

75,000

Colour pencils

1,000

80

3

240,000

Art books

2,500

80

3

600,000

Balls

10,000

3

1

30,000

Dictionary

60,000

6

1

360,000

Lesson Planner

30,000

8

3

720,000

Uniforms

40,000

415

1

16,600,000

Iron sheets for the school structure

20,000

80

1

1,600,000

Nails and Poles

     

700,000

Benches

10,000

90

1

900,000

Pads for girls

2,000

156

12

3,744,000

Water tank

800,000

1

1

800,000

Clock

80,000

1

1

80,000

Bell

100,000

1

1

100,000

Teachers Allowance

200,000

8

3

4,800,000

Containers

10,000

6

1

60,000

     

TOTAL

47,879,000

 

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