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The Bunjakko Needlework Project

Launceston College, working in partnership with Launceston Rotary Club have been working to support the education of students at Bunjakko Island Vocational School for the last 3 years. This year, the project was to set up a ‘Needlework Class’ and create a vocational faculty that will provide opportunities for students to pay their school fees and develop new skills for future careers. With support from Rotary UK we were able to transfer a grant last week to Uganda and with permission from the President of Uganda’s office, the machines were purchased on Monday. Due to the current situation, our annual trip to Uganda was cancelled and we are hoping that we will be able to see the impact on this work in 2021.

We would like to thank Rotary for all their continued support, this project will be life changing for the students in our partner school, and we are excited to see the progress of this project.

Objectives of the project.

  • To set up a sustainable business model and learning opportunity for students at Bunjakko Island Vocational School.
  • To extend the current classroom block to provide a dedicated, secure needlework room.
  • Girls are often forced to stay away from school during their monthly cycle due to not having sanitary products. Our aim is for the girls to produce reusable towels, that they can also sell to provide an income to pay school fees.
  • The project will consist of the supply of sewing machines, materials and teaching to allow the students to develop skills to produce garments and sanitary items to both wear and sell. It will provide the students with a skill that will enable them to work in this industry when they complete their education.
  • Students will be required to keep records of all outgoings and incomings in order to evaluate the project. As the project progresses there will opportunities to develop the range of products.