Welcome to the home of Keframa High School Pupil Sponsorship.
We hope you will find out more about the programme and the background to the sponsorship of the school.
Keframa High School was founded by two brothers, Augustine and Jimmy Francis and their father, Martin and you can find it in the village of Barr, about 15 km east of Lira in Northern Uganda.
This area of the country suffered significantly during the 25 year insurrection by the Lord's Resistance Army and has only been peaceful for about the last 10 years. The after effects are still there and Keframa High School gives a chance of a good education for the poor and needy children of the region. The pupils are mostly orphans or from very poor families and are usually recommended by the local pastors in their village. The School is a secondary school and at present gives education up to O-level standard (similar to GCSE in the UK). There are plans to go to A-level in the future.
At the start the school was funded by the two brothers from their salaries, but soon that was not enough to pay the teachers a reasonable wage. It is a private school, not for profit, and the fees charged are low. The pupils all board and are expected to bring quantities of beans and maize with them. However in the last two years the crops have been poor, mostly due to a changing climate, and many have not been able to bring even their food, far less their school fees.
Keframa has already gained a good reputation in the area because the students are well behaved and they have been performing well in their exams.
The facilities are really not adequate and it is a credit to the dedication of the staff that the pupils still manage to do well. There is a fundraising programme in conjunction with a UK charity Fields of Life and there is more information on this at www.keframaschoolbuild.co.uk However, there is a great need for ongoing funding of the running of the school.
We have set up the Sponsorship Programme so that some of the pupils can be assured of support throughout their time at the Keframa High School. We have set the monthly donation at £20 and this will actually provide enough money to pay the fees, the food and the books etc for one pupil. But more than that it will contribute to the salaries of the staff. So far we have about 26 pupils sponsored and this is providing about 35% of the income of the school. If we had more pupils sponsored then the teachers would be more secure.
Holy Trinity Church has generously allowed us to use their bank account to handle the money, which means that you can give with Giftaid and that makes the £20 you give worth £25 to Keframa. we are not able to take donations direct from the website, but please download the form below and then set up the sponsorship from the details there.
Ian and Shelagh are going to visit Keframa during July and will be meeting the staff and students. We will post more news and pictures when we come back. In the meantime, if you want to send a message to anyone at Keframa please let us know.