Upward Academy – School development project

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Situated near the Town of Bweyale,  in Kyriandongo District, Uganda, East Africa.

In the year 2009 the Coordinator of African Action International in Uganda, Pastor Sunday Sula Lasa, was invited to visit Australia. He shared at various churches the challenge of the vision God had recently given to him.

He mentioned that while up in the north of the country, in a place called Bweyale, God had challenged his heart regarding the plight of deaf children in that area.  There is very little help for them and their families rarely educate them as most schools do not have the facilities or teaching staff to educate hearing impaired children.

He was moved to pray that the Lord would enable him to build a school in Bweyale to educate and care for these children, to provide them with future education and employment opportunities.

Sula spoke at a small church one Sunday morning and shared his vision.

The following Wednesday we received mail from a member of that church, and enclosed was a cheque for $20,000  from a lady who simply stated, “I want to build a school for the deaf children” that was the beginning of the development of the school at Bweyale that has continued up to today.

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The Lord led Sula to 14 acres of land for sale that adjoined the land of the ‘Gospel Hope’ church in Bweyale. This was the first step and AAI went ahead and purchased the land. Now a seven class-room building 220’ long and 30’ wide is completed by God’s provision and grace. This initial building will house the Primary School section.  For many years deaf children have been segregated in schools for the deaf but thankfully the Government policy has changed to allow deaf children to learn with hearing children. As a result the school will be a fully integrated school.

The first building is a very impressive structure which is built on a ‘rise’ opposite the hill upon which the township of Bweyale is built. The school can be viewed from the main road of the town, two kilometres away. There is much interest in the school from concerned residents who desire a good education for their children.

Bweyale is also in need of an integrated Secondary School to provide ongoing education to prepare them for Tertiary Education and Technical courses.

Our aim is that the school will be as self supporting as possible and to this end we have committed by faith to purchase another 17 acres of land adjoining the present property to enable food crops to be grown to feed the children and also to raise funds for ongoing expenses from the sale of the produce. Much more is to be accomplished to prepare the present building for use.  A second building for Administration and Teachers is pending.

We are thankful to the faithful people both here and in Uganda who have and are supportive of this ongoing and worthwhile project.

John E. Leak.  Co-Founder/Director. African Action Int. Inc.


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