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Heavy rain destroys houses in Rhino camp, Uganda

By Gaaniko Samson Jerry

Heavy rain storm destroyed houses and school buildings in Rhino camp.

The two hours rain that swept across the refugee camp left several schools, shops and houses without roof.

Adriko Richard, Head teacher of Ofua III Primary School said his school was completely destroyed by the rain.

He said three class rooms including the kitchen and school store have been destroyed by the rain.

“It would have been bad news if the rain had got the children in the school,” he said.

Adriko said all the desks and the school materials in the store were completely damaged beyond repair.

“It has happened at the time when the pupils are planning to sit for the exams,” he added.

The head teacher appealed for support from the education partners, saying the school did not have support from anywhere except the community.

Project Two Five Mission Foundation for hand skills training centre is another school destroyed by the heavy rain in the camp.

Daniel Dafam, Deputy Director of project said the heavy storm caused a lot of distraction in the school including the female dormitory.

“We have already relocated them in to another block after the incident,” he added.

Acini Robert, Education Program Officer in Windle International Uganda organisation supporting education in the refugee camp.

Robert said there were going to lobby with other organizations to repair the school.

“We will request for construction materials and deliver to the school as soon as possible to help the children,” he added.

He said while they plan to provide construction materials, they need labour from the parents.

“In some settlement, parents are playing key role in constructing of their schools for their children,” he added.

Robert stated that for better education for the children there is great need for people to join hands together.

John Loi, one of the parents called on the education partners to support them in providing education to their children.

He remarked that they were in the camps to ensure that their children get better education.

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