LightForce International has worked in Lira, Northern Uganda, since January 2004 initially working in the displaced peoples camps at the height of the civil war which devastated people’s lives in Northern Uganda. After a holding peace was in place, those displaced moved back to their villages—rebuilding their homes and working their land. LightForce International supported the return process and worked with communities with special emphasis on the education and health sector. LightForce has enjoyed partnerships with UNICEF, Memisa Belgium, and the Government of Belgium.
Since 2004, the work of LightForce in Uganda has increased substantially. We have settled, purchased land and built projects in a village called Telela, just outside Lira District in the North of Uganda. We employ over 50 local people to support the running of our projects which include office head quarters, Nursery & Primary School as well as an Agricultural & Vocational School, Care Home and Health Centre.
LightForce Nursery & Primary School
In Telela Village, Lira (Northern Uganda) we have built a Nursery and Primary school within an impoverished area. Children start in our Nursery at the age of 3 and will attend right the way through until the end of Primary education, around the age of 15 years old.
The school has developed greatly over the years with more children attending thanks to our School Sponsorship Programme as well as the support of schools, teachers and education professionals from the UK. With over 200 children attending the school, we are working to change the futures of the children in the area.
LightForce Agricultural & Vocational School
People in Uganda need sustainable livelihoods and so in 2017 LightForce opened an Agricultural School to equip the youth of this rural area to be effective in farming. The school lies within LightForce International land. It provides students with courses in Crop Management & Livestock and a Certificate in Agriculture. Staff and students of the school maintain and farm on the land surrounding the school as well as our 200 acre farmland. Over the next year, we will be purchasing animals for the farm and school. These will help to provide the students with hands on skills in livestock.
Alongside Agricultural studies, students can also learn the skill of tailoring.
LightForce Children’s Village
LightForce Children’s Village is the home for 10 of the most vulnerable children in the community we serve. The children are under our guardianship for term time and some of their school holidays. Living with us gives them access to school sponsorship, health care and a loving home where food is always served.
LightForce Health Centre
In 2016, we opened up a clinic within the grounds of the LightForce projects. The aim of this clinic is to provide healthcare for locals who normally would need to travel some distance to access quality medical care. In an area where people live in poverty, locals experience illnesses and conditions linked to this as well as suffering from malaria. The clinic aims to provide basic health, pre natal and post natal care as well as offering anti venom for snake bites and general health support and advice. The clinic also serves our Nursery and Primary School giving our children access to regular health checks, vaccines and also access to medical help during the school day.
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