CAMDEN — New Camden-Rockport Middle School Eighth Grade Social Studies teacher Guy Hamlin has been teaching a unit on Ajibu Community in Uganda.

They brainstormed a number of ways to spread awareness about this worthy not-for-profit organization, including writing a story for the newspaper, which follows. The story was written by Cleo Johndro, Elijah River, Liam Carlson-Nelson, Ava Pease, Morgan Wolfgang and Gabriella Drew.

In social studies this year, Mr. Hamlin began by teaching us about altruism and being altruistic. We started to explore the Ajibu Community in Uganda and got to Zoom with Timothy.

Timothy Wambi founded Ajibu Community because he grew up without the basic needs of childhood and is empathetic to kids who are growing up like he did. He decided the best way to help was to influence children’s education.

Unfortunately many parents don’t send their children to school in Ajibu. There are many reasons why parents don’t send their kids to school, such as not having enough money or needing their kids to stay home and work.

Ajibu Community in Uganda is a not-for-profit that offers education and meals to students. Many children in that nation cannot go to school for lack of money to pay for school or because they need to work. Source: Ajibu Community website

Timothy and his team are working to help support these families and convince them to send their children to school. His team has developed five programs that they are currently working on: Zero Grades, Uplifting Women and Raising Villages, Skilling and Empowerment, Early Childhood Education, and Meals for Schools. These five programs were designed to meet the needs of all the children and women in the community.

Reading is what most children need help with academically; 65% of primary schools are rurally based learners and they do not have access to schooling. Sadly, more than half of the youth population cannot read or write. That’s why the Ajibu community has a project that offers education that people need regardless of their age and grade level.

Unfortunately, the mothers of Ajibu students do not have proper income. One program Timothy started is called Uplifting Women and Raising Villages. It aims to give more women more jobs to support their families.

Timothy started a program that is called Skilling and Empowerment. He and his crew teach teenage students information about technology and computer skills that they will need for jobs in the future. This project is important because people will need these skills to get important jobs to support their families.

Many elementary age kids in Uganda aren’t able to go to school due to not having enough money for basic education. Studies have shown that kids who don’t have the opportunity to participate in primary school have a difficult time in secondary school and even end up dropping out. That’s why the Ajibu Community has a project to supply kids with learning opportunities and small learning centers for kids who otherwise would not have that opportunity.

Timothy started a program called Meals for Schools. The goal of the program was to teach children agricultural skills that they could use at home and at school to grow food. Most children also don’t have enough money for food during school which is an important part in fueling them to learn and focus. Unfortunately weather conditions last year were a major problem, and it prevented their crops from growing, but they are determined to try again.

The Ajibu Community is an amazing organization that helps people who need it. In all of the programs, Timothy is doing his best to try and make living in Ajibu better. Having a place where people can access education and employment is the goal of Ajibu Community.

For more information or to possibly donate, please go to: ajibucommunity.com.