The Emi­rates Air­line Foun­da­tion

Trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties in West­ern Uganda

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To­gether with Outreach to Africa (OTA), the foun­da­tion has es­tab­lished a school with three sec­tions; nurs­ery, pri­mary and sec­ondary; The Emi­rates Air­line Foun­da­tion cam­pus in Geme vil­lage near Fort Por­tal, Kaba­role Dis­trict, West­ern Uganda. The cam­pus cur­rently caters for 850 pupils and stu­dents in both day and board­ing sec­tions, but upon com­ple­tion of the on-go­ing con­struc­tion and renovation works, the ca­pac­ity of the school will in­crease.

What be­gan as a col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­vide ba­sic health care ser­vices to res­i­dents in 2010, has grown to be­come a fully-func­tion­ing school. The Paul Devlin School was started by OTA in 2008; an NGO lo­cated in Fort Por­tal, Kaba­role dis­trict, West­ern Uganda with a mis­sion to em­power com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, health care and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment projects. In 2014, The Emi­rates Air­line

Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with OTA an­nounced the com­mence­ment of an over US$1.5 mil­lion build­ing project that would trans­form The Paul Devlin School. The con­struc­tion of The Emi­rates Air­line Foun­da­tion Cam­pus - a new wing of the School, will en­hance the in­fra­struc­ture and ca­pac­ity of the school, al­low­ing more stu­dents to en­rol and re­ceive a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion.

The Emi­rates Air­line Foun­da­tion Cam­pus is ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2018; in time for the start of the new aca­demic year in Fe­bru­ary 2019. The new fa­cil­ity will in­clude dor­mi­to­ries for board­ing stu­dents, sports fields, staff hous­ing, a li­brary and com­puter lab­o­ra­tory, a din­ing hall, and class­rooms.

The Emi­rates Air­line Foun­da­tion is a non-profit char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion which aims to im­prove the qual­ity of life for chil­dren, re­gard­less of ge­o­graph­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal, or re­li­gious bound­aries, and to help them main­tain or im­prove their hu­man dig­nity. The foun­da­tion's aim is to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren re­al­ize their full po­ten­tial by pro­vid­ing them with the ba­sics, which most of us take for granted such as food, medicine, hous­ing and ed­u­ca­tion. Fo­cus­ing par­tic­u­larly on chil­dren trapped in ex­treme poverty, the foun­da­tion, made up of vol­un­teer em­ploy­ees and friends of the Emi­rates Group, strives to re­duce ill­ness and child­hood mor­tal­ity rates. The Foun­da­tion's goal is to use 95 per cent of do­nated funds ex­clu­sively for the chil­dren, with five per cent al­lo­cated to ad­min­is­tra­tion costs.

(L-R) The main class­room block, ad­min­is­tra­tive block and the boys' dor­mi­tory

The front view of the nurs­ery school block at the EAF Cam­pus in West­ern Uganda

The Emi­rates Air­bus A380

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