The Lions Step In
Local Lions in Uganda wanted to serve the community around them. Seeing the need, they began a nursery school to help working moms who didn’t have a place to leave their kids during the day. “In our community, there’s a need for a school of this type,” said Herman Joseph Musiitwa of the Masaka Lions Club. “There are lots of schools around, but they don’t really take into consideration each and every need of a young child.” With a $62,000 grant from LCIF, the Lions of Masaka were able to build and operate an early childhood education center.
The Lions Club Children’s Center Masaka is the only nursery school in the city. The Lions are heavily involved in the school and make sure the children have all the tools they need. Many Lions volunteer on a regular basis, helping in the classroom and other areas.
The school staff has tremendous energy, and a real gift for capturing the children’s enthusiasm and respect. In class, children learn essential skills that prepare them for their next stage in life. The children also enjoy working with the Lions. The love that fills the school overflows, and keeps both children and grown-ups happy, healthy and coming back for more.
Everyday, Lions and school staff greet 210 eager and joyful preschool children, ranging in age from 3-6 years old. Together, they work to prepare them for grade school in a fun and engaging way. Admittance is on a first come first serve basis and there is usually a waiting list to get in.