Opening Week at RTRA
Raise the Roof Academy’s Opening Week took place between January 28th and February 1st, and was a huge success! We love hosting this event each year before the school term begins. During Opening Week, RTRA staff work hard to prepare students for the new year. Students receive a general examination from our school nurse, Racheal, as well as a screening from a dentist. In addition, students write letters to their sponsors. This year, Opening Week was especially exciting because we held a groundbreaking ceremony for our Forever Family homes, which will support RTRA students who do not have a caregiver and/or are living with a disability. Chris Moore, one of RTRA’s incredible volunteers, reflected on his experience at Opening Week and the Forever Family homes groundbreaking:
The week I spent in Uganda with the Raise the Roof Academy team was an amazing experience. We started the week working with the GPS kids, and visiting the schools they would be placed in this upcoming year. At these schools, we talked with administrators to better understand the requirements of the school. It was great to work with the GPS kids and their families as they start the next chapter of their lives.
Later in the week, we broke ground on the Forever Family homes. It was an incredible experience to see the excitement at the school and in the community. While breaking ground, the excitement and support we received from the school community was overwhelming. Children, caregivers, and school administrators all gathered as one to celebrate the beginning of this amazing program RTRA is starting. The Forever Family homes are going to be a great addition to the school, allowing children with broken homes to be able to have a place to sleep and focus on school. I had the opportunity to meet with the architect of the Forever Family homes and review the blueprints for the project. The houses were designed to foster a sense of community between the students and the house mom. Children should not have to worry about where they are going to sleep or get their next meal, and that is what the Forever Family homes aim to resolve. I am very excited about the homes, and I hope the kids living there will be able to have a sense of peace during their time at Raise the Roof.
-Chris Moore, RTRA Volunteer, Birmingham Southern College
As Chris noted in his reflection, we had the incredible privilege of celebrating our 35 P7 graduates who are moving into the Global Promise Scholars (GPS) program. The RTRA staff gathered with students and parents to celebrate their success and prepare for the upcoming transition. This year, RTRA was overjoyed to learn that all of our students passed their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with second grades or higher, including 30 students who received first grades! This is an amazing accomplishment for our hardworking students, and we are so grateful to the sponsors who have continued to support them. This week, each of our GPS students will be moving into a secondary level boarding school. We are inspired by each of them, and we are hopeful for this year and the growth that it will bring!