Watch the Development of St. Mary’s Primary School, Busaabala, Uganda
Through the generous donations of many wonderful people, the students, teaches, and families in Busaabala now have access to this beautiful school!
The History of St. Mary’s Primary School – Busaabala, Uganda
The Fr. Ssonko Missionary Fund of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, Nebraska was created to assist in the missionary work of Rev. Fr. John Baptist Ssonko, a priest of the Diocese of Lugazi in Uganda. Rev. Fr. John Baptist Ssonko is the founder of St. Mary’s Primary School in Busaabala, Uganda, in the Diocese of Lugazi. The school is located 29 miles northeast of Kampala, Uganda in the Diocese of Lugazi.
The primary role of the fund is to raise money to support the operational and capital needs of St. Mary Primary School in Busaabla, Uganda and to support Fr. Ssonko’s in his efforts to raise funds for the school.
In addition to his work with St. Mary’s Primary School, Fr. Ssonko is a professor at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary in Ggaba, Uganda which is just southeast of Kampala.
Original St. Mary’s Church in 2008
The church and school site are located one mile off the Kampala-Jinja Hwy about 29 miles northeast of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. See the red dot on the photo to the left for the location of the church and school.
Funds were raised through St. Margaret Mary Parish and the Propagation of the Faith to construct a new church building.
Click through the images below to see the building progress, students, teachers, and more. Or, keep scrolling to reach more about the school and the needs of its students and teachers.
Once the church was completed work immediately began to fund a primary school to be built near the church since there was no Catholic school in Busaabala village or in the nearby area. Funds were gradually raised to purchase land next to the church and to construct the first classroom building for the school.
During the 10 years from 2008 until 2018, God blessed the school project with many generous donors and on January 25, 2018, the school was opened with 82 students in the lower primary grades. On opening day, the school staff included 5 teachers and 4 non-teaching staff who filled the positions of secretary/bursar, security guard, cook, and cleaner.
Soon after the opening of the school, the number of students quickly grew and a need for an additional classroom building quickly arose. In 2019 funds were raised to build a second classroom building and construction immediately began. This building was designed to house classrooms for students in the upper primary grades. By late 2020 the new classroom building was completed and now serves our students. The building under construction is seen above.
What are the Immediate Needs?
Today, there are 408 students in St. Mary’s Primary School who need your help! Funds raised will help support all of these ways that the students and teachers are in need.