Healing Focus, an amazing story
The immediate beneficiaries are and will be the 250 orphaned pupils at the school. The community of Busiiro Village has benefitted, and will continue to benefit, from the school’s provision for the children, many of whom were homeless. The village clinic has already benefitted from our provision of medicines, both for the school and the community.
The pupils are aged between three and fifteen and follow the government curriculum. Busiiro village is in Luuka District, Luuka County, Uganda, East Africa, a catchment area of subsistence farmers and sugar cane plantations
Healing Focus School is a licensed free school following the government curriculum and subject to Department of Education supervision. Many of the orphaned pupils were homeless and are now boarded with Guardians in the community.The school is non-denominational and non-discriminatory, except that intake is restricted to orphans. This is a requisite of our support. We have instituted budgets, bookkeeping and accounting transparency through the support of a Trustee.
Since 2013, the school has been installed on a new site, bought by Healing Focus Orphanage Centre and in title to the school. We, UKHF, have built separate latrines for staff and pupils, installed concrete floors in the classrooms to eliminate “jiggers’; built a Vocational Training Centre fully operational and teaching sewing and computer studies to both pupils and the community of the village. We have built new classrooms and a secure boarding wing for some of the vulnerable girls. We ensure that each child has a desk and is well fed and we support the medical costs of maintaining the school.
We are now in the process of building a new classroom wing to comply with the conditions of the school licence requirements issued by the Ministry of Education.
Since 2012 we have been able to find sponsors to enable 5 children each year to continue to Secondary education. We are happy to report that the best school and perfectly suited to our students is in Busiiro ,very close to Healing Focus, where we now have 20 excellent students.
UK Friends of Healing Focus’s objective is to help make the school a residential, self-sustaining enterprise: owning its land and buildings, growing its own food, creating its own businesses, integrated within the community and in partnership with Healing Focus Orphanage Centre.
Trauma amongst orphaned children would be recognised and addressed through continuity of care, as would the hidden problem of abuse of vulnerable orphans by a few Guardians. Those Guardians at present struggling to feed another mouth would be given some relief.
We are examining the possibility of opening the larger school to fee-paying non-orphans, thus subsidising the free school.Ideally, a residential block for staff would ease recruitment in this rural area.
UK Friends of Healing Focus is not and will not be “working with children” or “working with those under the age of 16”. We are working with our partner Healing Focus Orphanage Centre to support the education, welfare and development of the orphaned children of Busiiro Village.
Healing Focus Orphanage Centre has a certificate of registration from Central Government, Uganda and is regularly inspected by the Inspector of Schools.