THE RUHIJA ORPHANAGE.
The Ruhija Little Angels Orphanage is situated in the extreme south west of Uganda near the border with Rwanda. This area is famous for the nearby Gorilla Sanctuary, which has been featured on many television programmes.
The orphanage and school are run by Happy Kyoheirwe and is the largest in the area, providing a permanent home for 350 children, most of whom are AIDS orphans. The children stay in the orphanage until they are 16. Girls are taught dressmaking and boys are taught carpentry and farming so that when they leave they will have a means of earning a living.
The nearest source of water is 2 miles away so if they cannot collect enough rainwater the children have to fetch water every day. The water is not clean so many children suffer from malnutrition because of the parasitic worms in their bodies.
Since 2015, Dr Andrea Rauprich, a member of the Rotary Doctor Bank Management Committee, has been raising money to build classrooms and dormitories at the orphanage.
All the cooking for 350 children is done in 2 small cooking huts, on open fires, with very few utensils.
In 2016 a new dormitory was built
In 2017 4 new classrooms with a rainwater collection system was built
A poultry house has been built, they buy in small chicks, which, in time, will produce eggs. They also grow vegetables, any surplus eggs or vegetables are sold in the local market.
A new sick bay and office are under construction
A motorcycle and trailer has been donated by the Rotary Club of Cwmtawe with the help of funding from the Rotary Foundation District Grant. This can be used to carry goods to market and it can also be used as an ambulance. Training has been given and spare parts have been supplied so that they are able to service and repair the motor bike.
The 11+ examination still exists in Uganda, pupils who pass the exam can attend the secondary school, however, secondary education is not free there, so if they cannot pay they are not able to attend the school. Over the last 3 years 17 pupils from the Ruhija Orphanage have passed the exam and thanks to the generosity of Rotary Clubs and individuals, these pupils have been able to take their places at a secondary school. One of the boys came top of his class at the end of the first year exams.
Andrea with the first 9 pupils from the Ruhija Orphanage on their first day at secondary school in January 2018. Since then another 8 pupils have started in the school.
In 2019, Andrea’s work at the Ruhija Orphanage came to the attention of other charities who have made donations towards the building work that Andrea started. More dormitories, classrooms, kitchens and a dining hall have been built so the orphanage is now in a much better state than it was in 2015 when Andrea’s involvement started.
Andrea is continuing with her project to raise sponsorship for orphanage pupils to attend secondary school; through her contact with the school she has introduced football and netball competitions between schools in the area, surprisingly, girls did not play any sport in this part of Uganda. The schools have also started holding debating competitions.
If you would like to help the Ruhija Orphanage, please contact Andrea Rauprich: firstname.lastname@example.org