Subject: Time to celebrate

National Exams plus Covid are no match for the might Mustard Seedians

Mustard Seed Seventh-graders Triumphed!

Friend, We are thrilled to share some good news from Lukaya.

Because of the first Covid lockdown, students in the Mustard Seed Primary School Class of 2020 and their teachers faced challenges like no class before them. 

They took their national exams at the end of March, and the results were just published last week. Can you imagine, more than half of the class (19) got the top grade, called a ‘First’ or Division One. Twelve students were in Division Two, one in Division Three, and one in Division Four. No one failed. They are all qualified to go on to secondary school as soon as schools are reopened. 

Results like these are not surprising at some of the better schools in Kampala, the capital city. However, at a school like Mustard Seed that exists to nurture ‘the least of these,’ they are rare indeed.

Two girls were in first and second place in the class– another first for MSA and evidence that gender equity is being realized. 

The story of one student who earned a ‘First’ is representative of Mustard Seed.  This boy was nearly doomed to become a peasant farmer after his mother lost her job in Lukaya during a school break. She took Bruno to her village in a very rural place. The closest school was a long walk away. It was also of poor quality with overcrowded classrooms, few teachers, and a dearth of resources. So, Bruno worked in other people’s gardens. When Mustard Seed reopened, Bruno did not appear. Our social worker tracked down the family and brought him back to Lukaya as a boarding student. His mother expresses her gratitude every chance she gets. 

Without you, RPU, and Mustard Seed, Bruno’s great potential would have been wasted. But now, big dreams are possible.

You deserve credit for his success and the outstanding results of the whole class. It was your support that provided food, home visits, assignments, and medical care during the lockdown. And, once students were allowed back in school, you helped provide boarding. By living at school, the students were able to make up a lot of lost educational time. Being well-cared for with plenty of food, a peaceful, safe place to sleep, friends to study with, and teachers to guide made a big difference.


In partnership and gratitude,


Executive Director, Real Partners Uganda

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A Mustard Seed student with her family.

Namanda, an MSA Nursery School student, is in front. Her grandmother takes care of six children in the small mud hut. Look at the smiles of gratitude for the food. Jjajja (grandmother) has rarely experienced such kindness.

A boda boda being loaded with maize meal, beans, and soap for several families.

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