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2017 ANNUAL REPORT

A Year of Transformation.

 
 

In one word, 2017 was a year of transformation. We are transforming from providing the basics of education, to contributing to the overall quality of life for an entire village.

 
 

Letter from the President.

 
 

Greetings! I hope this finds you in good health, spirits, and well on your way to enjoying a blessed 2018. We at The Somero Project felt that it was imperative to keep our most valuable asset, our supporters, informed and up to date on what is happening across the world at our Evergreen Primary School in Kotolo, Uganda. At the beginning of the school year 2017 we had 212 students. As we began 2018 we now have 220 students; 92 are sponsored, 13 more than last year. We have 10 teachers, 1 cook, 1 guard, 1 maintenance manager,  and 1 school director. We have 100 students in the boarding section. One of the biggest and most important projects completed in 2017 was the installation a new water well at the school to help ease the burden of water provision to the school and community. The well is a “borehole” which is easy for the children to pump. In May 2017, along with myself, and 5 Somero board members and volunteers traveled to Uganda to visit Evergreen School students and staff and the people of Kotolo.

One of the goals for 2017 was the the construction of a new playground, which was completed with the help of the Somero volunteers.We also painted the classrooms and buildings on the campus. The Ugandan Ministry of Education is pleased that we continue to provide quality education and meet government requirements for proper sanitation and safety and our financial commitments to teachers, staff, service providers and the government. Without your generous support, we wouldn’t be able to continue our mission of providing education for children in a small rural village in Uganda. 2018 is already a big year for us, and we can’t wait to continue to share our progress with you. On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, our students, and the community of Kotolo, THANK YOU!

 
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92

Sponsorships

212

Students

 

10

teachers

14,000+

miles

 
 
 
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Our future.

 
 

Our vision for Somero has always been–to provide an all-inclusive educational environment for our students, while working towards our long-term goal of the school becoming self-sustaining. In order for a community and society to thrive, access to a quality education becomes vital. We want our students to grow up feeling empowered as the future decision-makers of their country. 

In 2018, we hope to accomplish a number of short-term projects. We have plans of constructing a coop to house chickens and turkeys, which will provide an additional food source for the students. We also plan to construct a security wall that extends around the perimeter of the Evergreen Primary School campus, as an added security measure to keep our students, staff, and campus safe. 

When we consider long-term proposals, the focus is on projects that will directly impact our vision of self-sufficiency and sustainability for the school. In the upcoming year we will continue to cultivate the bead entrepreneur venture with the women of Kotolo–building local partnerships with boutiques and farmers markets in Washington State. Working with the community in Kotolo on a proactive approach to health and wellness has been at the forefront of our minds and been the driving motivator behind previous project accomplishments such as the water tank and well. We will continue to do annual medical exams with a local nurse, and are exploring the idea of bringing a medical facility into the community. 

 

Our next volunteer trip will be in 2019, and we expect that to be our biggest group of volunteers to date. With the anticipation of many first-time travelers to Uganda, board members will be conducting training with potential visitors to prepare them for the trip and what to expect. Volunteers will be participating in various construction projects, and lots of playing with our students. If you have any interest in traveling with us in 2019, please email thesomeroproject@live.com for more information. 

Somero has evolved over the years, from a small organization with one primary donor, to a thriving and growing organization with 100+ donors and two fundraisers annually. Our hope is that Somero continues this evolution, staying true to our vision and remaining steadfast in our commitment to providing access to quality education. 

 
 
 
 

Be apart of next years change.

 
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