YANA is an acronym for You Are Never Alone, a mixed day and boarding school established in 2017 to offer opportunity to disadvantaged children to attain secondary education while our vocational component shall offer employable skills such as fashion and design, hair dressing, early childhood development, computer science among others, to students who will prefer skills training or who will not be able to continue to other level for one reason of the other.
The school is a programme under Child Empowerment Programme-Uganda (CEP-Uganda) which supports carefully selected disadvantaged children especially orphans and children from very poor families although for sustainability, we allow community children who can sponsor themselves to benefit from the quality of the services we offer and this community contribution is used to supplement the donations offered to finance school activities.
Child Empowerment Programme (CEP) Uganda is a grassroots non-profit organization serving in rural eastern Uganda. We have been in existence since 2005 under the name ‘The AIDS Generation Uganda (TAGEN), originally to address the increase in vulnerable children and orphans in the village as a result of their parents dying from AIDS. We served to help the orphans and their elderly grandparents by providing means of alternative livelihood such as poultry, and through community sensitization about the transmission, causes and effects of AIDS and how to prevent the youth from contracting HIV. Over the years we have expanded our programs to focus on education in the community because we realized that the lack of access to good quality affordable education was hindering the communities’ progress. Through education, CEP realized that they could have a lasting and sustainable positive impact on their village.
In 2010 with funding from Tusubira-We Have Hope, CEP provided scholarships to 15 students, 13 of them in high school and vocational school and 2 of them in primary school. At the end of 2016 when the last high school scholarship beneficiaries graduated, CEP carried out a community assessment survey to see how much impact the scholarship program had had on its community. The findings of the community assessment showed that there was still a great need for secondary education and that the youth who were not in position to go to school lacked skills to be employed. In order to fill this need CEP-Uganda started YANA Community High School, in 2017, with the aim of providing good quality affordable secondary education, vocational training, and to be a center for community events related to education, health, and development. They currently have the high school up and running with over 120 students.
CEP 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 the community of Nawanende village, Bugulumbya county, and Uganda at large.