In one of those not-so-common occasions, members of a Whatsapp group have come together and developed an idea of giving back to their former school.
In October last year, Class 1983 Old boys and Girls of Buganda Road Primary School decided on forming a WhatsApp group that would bring them together.
They didn’t have in mind at the time, plans to give back to the school in a way they have, 10 months later.
On Thursday, 83 members in the WhatsApp group donated 21 computers to Buganda Road Primary school at a function held at the school.
“We thought that other than coming together for booze and eating, we could do something to the school that laid a firm foundation for us,” said Ronald Mutumba, the brain behind the alumni group.
“We realized that as reasonable members of society, we could contribute some money to buy computers for the school.”
Anne Muwumba was the chair of this project. She says in January this year, they came up with the idea of stocking the computer laboratory for their former school.
“The 83 members contributed whatever little they had until we were able to have money for 21 computers,” said Muwumba, who is also the Executive Director at D’alessandro Logistics.
She says they named the computer laboratory after Joseph Almedia, who was the school headmaster during their time.
Speaking at the hand over function, Buganda Road Primary School headmaster David Ssengendo applauded the former students for the good gesture.
“In the past, 16 children shared a computer but with this donation, we can reduce the number to 4 per computer,” Ssengendo said.
“My children can now effectively learn with the fully equipped laboratory.”
Ssengendo however warned that children need to be guided so they are not exposed to wrong and unnecessary information on the inter webs.
The group founder Mutumba says now, their next target is fundraising to make it 100 computers.