In 2011 The Giving Circle was asked by the Ugandan Government to visit a village and people referred to as “the forgotten people” Uganda’s poorest village Kagoma Gate Village. Since that visit The Giving Circle has made Kagoma Gate home and its village family. Today while Kagoma Gate is profoundly poor it is no longer Uganda poorest village and no longer forgotten.
Kagoma Gate Projects
The Giving Circle Kagoma Gate Friendship School
The first school block is completed and bringing the first for of education to the children of Kagoma Gate. This first building houses baby school – P 3.
The Giving Circle is currently working to raise the funds to build the 2nd school building, which will give the village a full primary school baby school – p7. Please click here to learn how you can partner with us to make this dream a reality.
The school building also serves as the village’s church and meeting center.
In the Kagoma Gate village school, our students are learning and enjoying the program recently adopted called MiniChess™, an instructional tool for math and higher order thinking skills. This remarkable curriculum coming from South Africa is about numeracy, thinking skills, planning, and other executive skills for school and life. The young children have a teaching session once a week for about an hour with Robert Katende, from Kampala. He is a math teacher, chess player/instructor, national soccer player and subject of the book THE QUEEN OF KATWE. from Kampala. Robert taught Phiona Mutesi at the age of 9 and she became a national champion for Uganda. He travels hours to teach our children and we are most appreciative. Life skills associated with playing chess include: concentration, focusing, problem solving, creativity, spatial awareness, logic, reading and interpreting graphs, language and reading skills and gender equity. All lessons at each level are taught on a large magnetic chessboard with the pieces used as teaching tools. Students learn math through counting, direction of play, following instructions, and working with their classmates and teachers. Children's verbal skills and fluency using English have greatly improved in the short period of learning. Six of our chess players were invited to Kampala with a few other Ugandan chess players May 2014 to play Grand Master Garry Kasparov. They used what they had learned and impressed Mr. Kasparov! Mental capacity is a developed when starting the program between 5 and 9 years old and teaching is done in a fun and interesting way. We hope to continue in our first school in Kagoma Gate and expand to our Busoga Junior school as well. Funding is done with donations through The Giving Circle right now, while we look for donors and perhaps corporate funding for support if possible.
Saratoga County Soroptimist birthing building & Village Health Clinic
This clinic is this village’s first source of medical care and home office to The Giving Circle’s Midwife and nurse Elisabeth.
Special thanks to the members of Saratoga County Soroptimist for this most important building.
Also a special thanks to Hope Neikirk and Caren Baker and their “ Party with a purpose” thanks to them and their friends for funding our Midwife / nurse Elisabeth.
"The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden;
heaven is a playground." - Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Giving Circle believes every child laugh, sing and play and know the joy of a swing, and for that reason has installed playgrounds in Kagoma Gate, on our land in Wairaka village and at our Busoga Primary school.
“We never know the Worth of Water, till the Well is dry.” Thomas Fuller
The Giving Circle maintains wells at 4 of our locations.