The students at Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) Nursery and Primary School, preschool through grade seven, are refugees. Their families have fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and crossed the border into Uganda to find safety and food in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. The children, who mainly speak Swahili, need to learn English because it is the primary language in Uganda.
When Linda Espenshade visited in February with freelance photographer, Matthew Lester, schools had just reopened a few weeks earlier. (The Ugandan government closed schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.) They were there to gather stories and photos for Mennonite Central Committee, which supports P4T’s two preschool programs ─ P4T school and New Hope Nursery and Primary School.
“Children love it here,” says Daniel Ameny, executive director of P4T, which is not only the name of the school, but also the Ugandan nonprofit, P4T Youth Organisation, which Ameny helped to start. As a refugee himself, Ameny is committed to using his compassion and university degree to empower his neighbours.
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