At Con+2 and Con+3 you helped raise over £9,000 for The Butterfly Project in Uganda which uses board games and roleplaying games to change the lives of some of the poorest children in the world. During lockdown those donations played a key role in directly saving the lives of over 30 children, as well as enabling the children of The Butterfly Project enact their mission of bringing about meaningful change in their communities.
When the team behind The Butterfly Project got in touch with us to tell us about their mission to bring the project to even more children in the form of a new school in one of the remotest and underserved parts of the world, we of course wanted to help make sure the school had a games room!
Our mission is to raise enough funds to build a new dedicated board games and roleplaying activity centre at the school. A task which will require around £15,000-£20,000.
The Chrysalis School sets out to be more than just a school, it aims to be a centre for regional transformation and social entrepreneurship, designed from the ground up to encourage its students to see themselves as the architects of change in the poorest parts of Uganda.
Primary school education is sparse in this part of the world and secondary education is non-existent. Many of Uganda's schools operate in an old fashioned manner where the children fear beatings from teachers and are affraid to ask questions. The Chrysalis school is bringing a modern education where children are encouraged to ask questions and can learn without fear of capital punishment.
In addition to Uganda's national curriculum the school aims to teach children to become leaders and change makers in their local communities which in part is achieved by learning about the outside world. It does this by teaching subjects in addition to the standard curriculum.
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Current Affairs
- Climage Change
- International Relations
- Female Empowerment
Additionally they have athletic and music facilities which are incredibly rare in this part of Africa.
It's no easy task building a school in a remote area when the only access road is submerged underneath a stream and you have to transport building materials to the site.
The plans for the school provide for a modern facility powered entirely by self generated solar power.
Whilst some students travel from local villages the school also has dormitories for more remote students, including some of the students on The Butterfly Project.
To date the first buildings have already been completed and the school is open with students! With your help we can complete the school as it is intended to be.
The house currently is the only building with power so is also being used for some lessons.