Stephen Jota School
In 2008 some members of the school staff visited the Stephen Jota Children’s Centre in Uganda at the beginning of the summer holidays. The purpose of the trip was to become more familiar with the work that is going on out there and to decide if and how we as a school could support this work into the future.
The school has about 400 children, all of whom live in the very poor neighbouring villages or are from the “slum” areas. About half of these children have no parents and live in the school’s hostel. The children are incredibly well behaved with about 66 children in each class! The children are focused and work very hard, the school provides them with not only an excellent education but also aims to increase their self confidence and their Christian spiritual well being. The secondary schools that the children move on to always comment how different the Stephen Jota children are – much like our local secondary schools also make this comment about St John’s children!
There are a number of ways I feel we could support the children of Stephen Jota’s school:
We were able to see first hand whilst we were there how they had used the money we raised during Lent last year. Beds and mattresses at the hostel have been purchased and they were hugely grateful for the donation we made. We are the only school partnered with the Stephen Jota Children’s centre and the children there were so proud that St John’s in England are supporting them, even to the point that they wanted St John’s printed on their bottles rather than Stephen Jota’s children centre!! We will keep you all updated on a regular basis about how we will continue to support this work, if you have any further ideas please email or find Miss King to chat to about this.
Thank you for your on going support.
Please also see the official web site of the project www.nsumbi.org