Bweranyangi Old Girls Association, along with generous well-wishers, have raised more than Shs 80 million to start a bursary fund aimed at supporting vulnerable girls at the school.
At the fundraising dinner at Hotel Africana on October 14, Education minister Janet Museveni contributed Shs 50m. Jane Ashaba Kanya, a board member of the Bweranyangi Old Girls Association, shed light on the vision, objectives, and strategies of this newly established initiative.
She emphasized their dedication to assisting needy girls at the school with not only covering school fees but also providing essential scholastic materials such as books, pens and sanitary pads for girls facing financial challenges.
Additionally, the old girls will actively contribute to nurturing a girl in need throughout her educational journey. Regarding the measurement of success, Kanya stated that the initial fundraising efforts exceeded expectations.
In a call to the broader community, including well-wishers and former students, Kanya expressed optimism about the fund’s positive impact and stressed that sustainability would be ensured through the monthly contributions of Bweranyangi Old Girls Association members.
To ensure the fund reaches those who need it the most, Winstone Kamugisha, the school board chairperson, revealed that a comprehensive criterion, devised in collaboration with school authorities, will guide the selection of beneficiaries.
“This will involve a thorough background check, including information about the candidates’ families, villages, and consultations with local leaders (LCs),” he said.
He affirmed that information about fund recipients will be disseminated through various social media platforms managed by the associated.
While plans for collaborations with stakeholders and institutions are on the horizon, the immediate focus is on stabilizing and consolidating the fund, according to Kamugisha. Meanwhile, transparency and accountability in fund management will be overseen by the Bweranyangi Old Girls Association Committee.