Bundibugyo

Bundi Pride School

The Bundi Pride School began as a dream in 2003 when NEIGHBORS WITHOUT BORDERS founders visited Uganda and met with local volunteers to assess community needs and develop projects to alleviate them. The brainstorm session lasted a few hours and out of the dozens of recommendations for projects, one stood far out.

A teacher from the Bundibugyo (affectionately known as Bundi), a Ugandan district neighboring the Republic of Congo, suggested starting a school for orphans and said he wouldn’t charge to become the teacher.The task to build a school could have seemed insurmountable, but given the volunteers’ commitment to build, run and organize the school, and given the fact that a US dollar can go a long way there, we decided to start the project.

We began selling holiday cards and doing fundraisers at people’s homes, the efforts were bilateral as Ugandan volunteers came up with creative ways to raise funds there and recruit building volunteers as well. Within a few months, the seed money to begin was available and we sought donations for everything from books and pencils to uniforms for the children.The Bundi Pride School opened its doors in 2004 and now serves over 75 children. The school and is a testament to the strong spirit of Bundi’s residents and to the high regard for education in a country where attaining one is practically impossible for a large percentage of the rural population. By the second year, NEIGHBORS WITHOUT BORDERS was able to provide funds to send two women to become certified teachers and continue their efforts at the school.

We are grateful to all who have helped the children of Bundi with their financial donations and welcome ongoing support so we can expand the efforts of the school and the amount of students it can help. Many of the orphans own only the shirt on their back, if they have that at all, so all donations to help them achieve an education and to improve the quality of their lives is greatly appreciated.

In Memory of Lady Rose Bulimpikya

Rose Bulimpikya exemplified the spirit of NEIGHBORS WITHOUT BORDERS; one of community and giving, of hard work and diligence—a spirit of compassion. At the beginning of December 2007, the devastating Ebola virus took her life.Lady Rose was the most senior nurse in Uganda’s Bundibugyo district and would have celebrated her 60th birthday in 2008. She was a fierce woman and a fierce nurse whose first concern was for her patients. Her death is a result of that fierce love for them.

“She has left a very large family with six children,” said her husband, Hassan Bhatungi Kabho, 60. “I have lost a beloved wife.” Her son Francis said lady Rose died a heroine. “She wanted to help people. I feel proud because she died doing her job and she behaved with professionalism.” She was given a hero’s burial with honors.NEIGHBORS WITHOUT BORDERS will remember her through her legacy of courage and love and through our ongoing volunteer-based community projects with her son Christopher Friday, who takes after his mother’s sense of social responsibility. We will also remember her kind smile and hearty laugh and that burning desire she had to serve and help others.

To commemorate her life, NEIGHBORS WITHOUT BORDERS, is officially launching the Lady Rose Health Initiative in 2008. Please check back for details on this new Neighbors health project.