Challenges and Smiles | Educating a Rural Ugandan Village
In Nantwala, Buikwe District, Central Uganda, students play at recess on the lush grounds of Erinah Manjeri Mixed Primary School.Ã¯Â¿Â½In service since 2005, the school - like the village itÃ¯Â¿Â½s in - has no power, no plumbing.Ã¯Â¿Â½Yet life here is vibrant.
But completely idyllic Nantwala is not.Ã¯Â¿Â½The HIV/AIDS epidemic has taken its toll here leaving many children without parents. Though Erinah Manjeri and the few schools in the neighboring village of Lweru educate their students as best they can, resources - even basic school supplies like paper and pencils - are scarce.Ã¯Â¿Â½Many students go to school without uniforms, notebooks or breakfast to sustain them throughout the day.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Challenges remain for Erinah Manjeri Mixed Primary School in the village of Nantwala, Uganda.Ã¯Â¿Â½Yet theirs is a story of action - locals pooling resources for change.Ã¯Â¿Â½And if mega-watt smiles of school children are any indication - thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s energy enough here for more.
Photo documentary by TCI Emerging Photographer Kimberly Lauren Bryant
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