By Rev Mike Williams - HANDS AROUND THE WORLD PROJECT link volunteer
The Vocational Training Centre at Siriba, Uganda, seems to be making steady progress.
Uganda itself is going through a difficult time with inflation running up to 20%. This is an overall figure and some basic prices, food for example, are seeing much bigger rises. This makes life in rural Uganda very difficult. However the good news is that money being sent to the project is not losing its value because the exchange rate is much better.
One big feature in life at Siriba is the lack of water. Water has to be fetched from the nearest borehole which means a round trip of half a mile. Through grants Hands Around The World has managed to get a new borehole drilled at Siriba. Unfortunately boring has taken much longer than estimated and we are still waiting to hear whether it has been successful so that a pump can be fitted. Once water is flowing it will be a great boost to the Siriba School and to the Vocational Training Centre. The next formal report from the project is not due until mid November. This report will include full detailed accounts. If these are satisfactory then another grant from HATW will go the project in December to cover costs until the end of March 2012.
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