History

2015The new primary school has been constructed.

2014The construction of the final girls dormitories for 120 girls is finished. The vocational school has received 500 kilograms of tools from The Netherlands. Preparations are made for the construction of the new primary school.

2013The dining hall is finished. Also the infrastructure on the project is expanded, and new roads and parking lots are constructed. Also a perimeter wall of 200 metres has been erected to protect the school grounds. The last phase of the dormitory for 120 girls has begun. The Director for Financial Control and his family terminate their leadership role fat the mission, after training a Ugandan Accountant. With help from a Dutch school in Amstelveen, a large amount of money is invested in educational materials, like schoolbooks and another thirty computers for the computer classroom. The chemistry lab and the library have also been invested in.

2012The dormitories are expanded with another 120 places for NSVS girls and even further extension. Also we have started constructing a new kitchen and dining hall. 23 pupils from the primary school tour through the Netherlands for the fund raising of this large construction project.

2011The renovation and expansion of the clinic is finished. New sleeping accommodation including toilet blocks and a water tower are built for 120 girls of the NSVS. Also three extra classrooms for the vocational school are constructed. The national directors Ferdinand & Joyce decide to pass on their tasks. The leadership over CWM is divided between a Ugandan Operational Director, Mr. Eric Ssempa, and a Dutch Director for Financial Control & Reporting: Mr. Yme Holwerda.

2010Four extra classrooms for the vocational school are built. Renovation of the clinic is initiated.

2009The project is expanded with three classrooms, teachers rooms and toilet blocks. also the infrastructure is renewed, and the construction of four more classrooms for the NSVS is started. The mission now houses 567 children. The national directors Gert & Esther decide to pass their task on to new national directors: Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand & Joyce Weijs.

2008A new water tower for 20.000 litres is built, to provide the entire grounds with clean drinking water. The renewing of the electrical installation is started, and the first solar panels are taken into use. The NSVS is expanded with three new classrooms, a reception and administration offices.

2007Extra dormitories and toilet blocks are erected to house 160 more children. The mission can now take in 450 children in total.

2006The oldest dormitories are renovated. The 10 houses are made higher and provided with new roofs, windows, doors and sanitary. The national directors Mr. and Mrs. Cor & Grace Koelewijn decide to pioneer a new similar project near Tororo, and pass on their task to new national directors: Mr. and Mrs. Gert & Esther van den Boom.

2005The Namugongo Secondary Vocational School is formally opened under this name.

2004Further construction is made to the NSVS, and houses for the teachers are built.

2003The sports field is levelled and grass is planted on it. A two-storey office is built.

2002In January, the Secondary School opens for the first 30 students. Also two new circular dormitory units are finished that can house 150 more orphans.

2001The bordering lot of 15 acres is bought. The first classrooms for the secondary school are constructed. The children will receive vocational training along with their O-level Secondary education.

1999A multifunctional hall which can hold over 600 children is constructed. The roads, sidewalks and playground are asphalted to prevent them from changing in to mud puddles after rainfall.

1997-1998During this year, the kitchen is expanded, four additional classrooms are built to reach a total number of 7. The power supply is expanded, and a maternity room is added to the clinic. More houses are built on the compound to accommodate the growing number of staff.

1996The mission is expanded with a first aid clinic that can offer medical care to the children and to locals from the area. Alongside that, the construction of the dormitories begins. Small houses are erected, to form circular compounds, in which the children will stay under the supervision of a ‘matron’.

1995-1998During these years Kinderhulp Afrika is confronted with the aftermath of the civil war in Rwanda. Until 1998 the foundation supports around 100 children, who are boarded in a school in Butare, Rwanda.

1994-1995Progress is made at CWM. The mission is connected to the electricity grid and the sewer system and the water supply network are expanded.

1993The ‘Samaritan Primary School’ is opened, consisting initially of 3 classrooms. Around 50 children live on the compound now.

1992The first orphans are taken into the first building! A well is dug, and pure drinking water is found at 40 meters depth. This is sufficient to provide for the mission and the people who live in the area.

1991Due to the absence of agricultural machinery, the land is being prepared for construction by hand. This work is done in teams of 50 to 100 men, after which the first buildings can be constructed.

1990Kinderhulp Afrika buys the first 25 acres of land in Namugongo, to accomplish its vision.

1989Kinderhulp Afrika continues as an independent organisation in Uganda called ‘Children’s Welfare Mission’ (further called ‘CWM’), managed by Mr. and Mrs. Cor & Grace Koelewijn.

1988In cooperation with the American foundation ‘Ambassadors of Hope’ Kinderhulp Afrika starts to take care of Ugandan orphans.

1987Kinderhulp Afrika is founded by Mr. Mathijs Piet, in response to a visit of the African children’s choir that sought protection in The Netherlands against the war situation in Uganda. 

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