ORION is derived from the brightly shining star of the early mornings of winter. It is a mixed day and boarding school established in 2008 with an initial enrolment of 27 students to offer opportunity to needy AIDS orphans and other disadvantaged children to attain quality primary education. The enrolment has grown to 380 pupils but with only 96 needy orphans on scholarship due to minimal funding.
Located in Nawanende village, Bugulumbya Sub County, Kamuli district in Eastern Uganda, Orion Junior School become a priority following the embarrassingly poor standards in the rural relatively affordable public schools. This poor standard would render the children incapable of competing at the national scale to the next level and even the few who made it would find it hard to compete for the available opportunities. The Goal of Orion junior School therefore was set to be “To tap and exploit the learners’ full academic potential.”
The school is the first not for profit school project established and managed by Child Empowerment Programme-Uganda (CEP-Uganda) run with support from donations from friends, and community cash and in-kind contribution. We allow community children of able members of the community to benefit from the quality of the services and this community contribution is used to supplement the donations offered to finance school activities and forms part of our sustainability plan.
CEP-Uganda will be excited to collaborate with any individual or organisation as community development partner as we continue to address education needs and equitable development for our community.