Another year has passed and it is time for a small team to return to Muko School to continue with some maintenance work. Through negations with Immaculee the Headmistress, the main project this visit is to place some windows and doors in the “holes” of the oldest classrooms to allow some light and ventilation in, and maybe make them a little cooler for the children to work in. Other painting and general repairing will also take place in as many rooms as we have the time for; most of this work will be carried out by local men and women from the village who would otherwise be unemployed.
Storing the rainwater that falls daily at this time of the year is an on-going problem, there are intentions of installing at least two further large water tanks on this visit.
The new nursery that has been set up, with the help of Izzy and Immaculee, is continuing to be a great success with over 40 infants now attending daily, with porridge and lunch supplied by local women. The long-term ideal is to get the nursery self-funding by the local parents with, maybe some help from the government.
We have achieved a lot and seen much success in the last four years at this School. Sometimes the work is hot it and can at times be frustrating, but it can be only continued by the dedication of all involved. Volunteers pay their own expenses but money is always needed for local labour, materials, and the running/upkeep of the nursery.
If you have already donated to this project in the past we thank you; if you can continue to do so it will be very much appreciated, so that we may help these very under privileged children out of their present poverty.
The work at Siriba has had its highs and lows this academic year. The principal reports that a good number of students were enrolled at the beginning of the year, some 80 in number, but that this has halved during the course of the year primarily because students could not afford the fees. The fees are really very small but those who are orphans continue to find raising even very small sums difficult. There are also difficulties concerning buildings because some students travel from some distance and there is no accommodation at the centre.
The principal reports that a kitchen is in the process of being built so that during the day at least the staff and students can be given something to eat. Water supply is still difficult but we have plans to help install a rain water catchment system shortly, with a grant promised through friends of Global Giving.
The major issue facing the VTC is how and when the VTC can become more self-sufficient. The Board of Governors has met to work on this and has agreed that training for staff (so that courses can be of the quality required by the local government Dept. of Education) and training for the Board Members needs to be undertaken so that they can work more efficiently together especially in finding new sources of funding. The hope is that by the end of this December they will have a strategic plan in place for 2014 onwards. We have promised to provide some money by way of grants towards this training because, until this is addressed, the Board cannot effectively manage the project.
The other problem that the principal has had to face is his own ill health both with eye problems and intestinal problems. He does report that he is now improving but health care in Uganda is not free and can indeed be quite expensive.
Sadly, poverty means that many people continue to live precariously on the edge. Please help us support them if you can! Thank you.
The New Life Centre school in Sarberia has been awarded a bursary to build a day boarding centre for girls. Alindra Naskar the Principal of the school is keen for girls to stay on beyond the primary age. When the children begin at the school between the ages of 3 – 4, the classes are more or less 50% boys and 50% girls, but as you go up the school the number of girls decreases. In many cases as soon as the girls hit puberty, their parents keep them at home. They are afraid for their daughters to be out unchaperoned during the day.
In an attempt to overcome this, Alindra decided that a day boarding facility for girls would allow them to remain within the school grounds, until their parents can collect them after work.
In the photo we see some of the girls in the school in an after school sports session. These are a minority, whereas the boys who return for sports are many.
Wouldn’t you like to provide a better future for these girls by sponsoring one of them?