The Nyaka school was founded in 2001 when two acres of land were purchased. Located in the Village of Nyakagyezi, Kanungu District . They began with two classrooms and today teach students in pre-school through Primary 7.
The Kutamba School opened in February, 2009 in the Village of Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, The school is in a very remote area of Uganda. The popular is poorer than the Kanungu District. The story goes that in 2007, "a student named Hilary walked 50km [31 miles] to ask us to assist him and others attain an education, and Kutamba was born!"
Each morning the students begin to arrive at the school area compound; there are no clocks to tell them the time only the roosters crowing and the sun breaking the complete darkness of night. Some students have walked over 2 miles to get to school. They haven't walked on a nice sidewalk or paved road, but a dirt road that is rutted and rocky. Everyday students are responsible for jobs around the compound: cutting grass with a machete and picking it up, cleaning around the latrine areas, polishing shoes, and getting water. Every student participates with energy and enthusiasm because it is truly a blessing and privilege to be at the school. Each school day begins and ends with an assembly of all students and staff.
On March 5, 2013, I was a guest at the morning assembly. Two students read Matthew 8:23-27 : "23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
The P3 (3rd grade) teacher talked to the students about the scripture said. Her theme: "Are We Together?" Though it may not have been her official theme, it is what she repeatedly asked the students. She talked about making decisions and when they need help with the decisions they are afraid to make they need to talk to God. When they need help or when they are scared they need to talk to God. Jesus was there calming the waters and the disciples fears in Matthew's Gospel, he is also there to calm us and take away our fears. He will always be there for us.
Even though I was with the students at Nyaka for about a week I will always have a special place in my heart for them. I was very proud to see the Primary 7 students I met graduated.
To find out more about the schools please visit http://www.nyakaschool.org/