Former colleagues of a woman who was murdered in Qatar have paid tribute by funding construction of new classrooms at a Uganda school.
Lauren Patterson had worked for St George’s International School in Hamm from 2008 to 2011 before moving to Doha, where she was killed in 2013.
In 2014 the school planted a tree in her memory and more recently the Friends of St George’s raised €5,100 through community events.
The money was matched by Awesome Cause Foundation, so that €10,200 was given to support St Mary’s Kabawaala infant school in Uganda, known today as the Patterson Memorial School Uganda. Specifically, it paid for the construction of a permanent, three-classroom block.
“The money they raise gives hope to fellow Ugandan parents by helping them pay school fees for children in need, sponsoring children, setting up commercial projects for the parents and so much more,” St George’s said in a press release on Friday.
Around 350 children, aged from 4 to 12, are currently enrolled in the school. “The main challenge of the school has been lack of classrooms,” Suubi Community Projects Uganda, which supports the school, said, adding: “Children either had to learn under tree shades or in temporary mud structures.”
Patterson was last seen alive at a nightclub in October 2013. She was stabbed to death and her charred remains were found near a farm the following day. She was 24. Two men were convicted of her murder.