What We Do

Out now! Approaching Holy Ground: The Sisters of Notre Dame Uganda Mission, a book by Sister Mary Margaret Droege, SND

St. Julie Mission, Uganda

Sisters of Notre Dame from the East Africa Delegation provide quality Catholic education and vocational opportunities in Mpala and Buseesa, Uganda.

 

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The impact of an education knows no geographical bounds and is a universal tool for personal, societal, and economic mobility.

At St. Julie Misson in rural Uganda, East Africa, we have seen firsthand the transformative power of education.

When we founded the mission in 1995, we saw entire families impacted by their children’s education at St. Julie Primary School. When we built Notre Dame Academy and offered O-Level courses, we saw young women realize their life opportunities had multiplied and that their academic and career goals were finally attainable.

As the mission has grown, so too have our students. They have found success as nurses, accountants, teachers, and government employees. In just over two decades, St. Julie Mission has grown from a small plot in the isolated bush area of Uganda to a primary boarding school, a free-standing nursery school, a formation center, a farm, and a top-ranked, all-girls secondary boarding school. 

The Beginnings

In 1992, Sisters of Notre Dame from the Covington, KY and Thousand Oaks, CA provinces responded to the request of Bishop Deogratias Byabazaire of the Diocese of Hoima in Uganda, East Africa. He asked for the SNDs' help in providing education for young women. After considering several sites for the establishment of a school, a very remote location in the Uganda bush area was chosen. In 1995, the first Covington and California Sisters arrived in Buseesa, Uganda to establish St. Julie Mission. 

First, an elementary co-educational school was built at St. Julie Mission followed by an all-girls secondary school and a pre-school. In addition to the schools, St. Julie Farm came into being and provides employment for local people and food for the children.

About Uganda

Uganda, one of the 54 countries of the continent of Africa, is approximately the size of Oregon in the United States. The capital city is Kampala and the airport is at Entebbe (EBB). Uganda's total population exceeds 35 million, with 6.9 million citizens under the age of five. 

The equator crosses the southern part of the country and the land varies from semi-desert in the northeast, to the lush and fertile shores of Lake Victoria, and the beautiful mountains of the southwest.

The tropical heat is tempered by the altitude, which averages over 1000 meters. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy.

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda, on the west by Democratic Republic of Congo, and on the north by Sudan. Lake Victoria in the south-east, is the second largest fresh water lake in the world.