As we continue to obey, God continues to MULTIPLY our efforts to raise up disciples in Uganda. All of our five schools are thriving, and our secondary school, Katyazo, is preparing to graduate our first full class in December 2016.
When each of our primary schools were started, many children from the village were given the opportunity to go to school for the first time. Each year as the students have progressed, we have added on a grade. This year Rwemikoma sent its first students to high school at Katyazo. Soon, Sanga and Kyassenya will follow, giving every student the opportunity to go as far as their faith and ambition will allow.
Our plans to move our Mbarara school to the land at Katyazo are coming closer to completion with the finishing touches being put on the new school. Gone will be the days of 400 children sharing 3 acres of land. These students will enjoy the beautiful 100+ acres at Katyazo and go to school in respectable classrooms.
In April of 2010, the Lord provided a new land for PCM. Located 10 miles outside of Mbarara town, Katayzo has been an amazing answer to prayer. As the students of our primary schools were starting to promote to higher grades, there was not a PCM secondary school for them to receive higher education. God’s provision and timing is perfect and in February of 2012 the PCM Katyazo Secondary School opened for classes.
The 100 acres of beautiful, rolling hills is home to over 300 PCM secondary students who are exceling in their academic achievements and trusting God to provide for their every need. Katyazo is home to the next generation of leaders who are studying hard in hopes of becoming doctors, lawyers, pastors, journalists and more. They are world changers in the making and we know that God will continue to do mighty things with the students here.
God’s blessings continue to flow. PCM is excited to announce the first ever graduating class. 27 students will complete their secondary education this year at the Katyazo school and begin their university careers in the fall of 2017. It has been incredible to see Lord’s hand as we have watched these students grow and realize the plan He has for their lives.
The Kyassenya school joined the PCM family in the summer of 2011 making it our fourth school. Although coming from humble beginnings, this school is now educating almost 400 students and was our very first to be completely registered by the Ugandan government.
A population of 500 people is estimated to be living in the nearby village. Many residents make their living as maize farmers. Access to education and discipleship will provide new opportunities for the next generation of Ugandans in this area. Just down the road from the school is a very special PCM landmark, the Kate Clinic.
The Mbarara school is where PCM began. In 2007 Pastor Emmy and Supermom sold their three-bedroom house and only vehicle to start this school. On pure faith, they taught us what sacrificial giving looks like when you put it to action for 128 children. Today, every square inch of this property is covered with some type of building structure supporting almost 400 boarding students.
The school is currently located just outside of Mbarara town. Farmers and fishermen from the Rwizi River occupy the area, which is the largest river in Mbarara. About 160 households are estimated to be living in the area with a population of over 2,000 people.
In just a few months, the Mbarara Primary School will move to the Katyazo land where our secondary school and Omwana House are located. The PCM Uganda headquarters are located in Mbarara and serves as the hub for our mission teams.
Rwemikoma Primary School is our second PCM school and located the furthest from our Mbarara headquarters. Although, the road to Rwemikoma has drastically improved over the past several years, the school has faced its share of challenges.
Some of our children here walk 5-10 miles to school getting up at 5am and walking for 2 hours or more before arriving at school. The Lord is doing a mighty work in and through the staff and students in the most remote of all PCM schools.
The Lord is doing a mighty work in and through the staff and students in the most remote of all PCM schools. Creativity abounds here and the children are always eager to perform their skits, recite memorized poems and riddles, and dance when teams arrive. We know the Lord will use these talents for His glory!
The Sanga school is our “school on the hill” located just one hour from Mbarara and in the heart of Lake Mburo National Park. The main source of income in the village is selling charcoal and farming. Farmers struggle to keep the wild animals from the national park away from their crops. The animals also create a challenge for the Sanga students as they walk to and from the school. They are constantly on the look out for the wild animals that have ventured outside of the boundaries of the park.
From miles away the children see us coming. A greeting in heaven must be something like the greeting that these kids give you. In the beginning, there were no desks, no school buildings and no food to provide the children. They now have classrooms, meals to eat each day, and clean water to drink at the bottom of the hill.