This is what it is all about
Central to our regular Uganda visits is the wish to meet the children that you all support. However, this particular visit was even more special as we were accompanied by our two sons, Nick and Rogan, who were (long ago) schoolboys in Entebbe. This was their first return “back home” since 1974; a memorable trip for all of us.
Little Angels Primary School Bulumbu
The afternoon spent in this village school was a real pleasure. First of all we saw the children in their classes. Then the youngsters and their teachers sang and danced for us. Of course they did; this is Uganda after all.
A new development, here and at Bubebbere, is that Westwood Primary School in Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire has generously agreed to “twin” with the Baby classes in the two villages. The first fruit of this partnership is their purchase of uniforms for 15 children whose parents cannot afford them. Rogan, as the school’s representative, was photographed with the little ones receiving their gifts (photograph above). He has now reported back and recounted the experience to the English children at Westwood.
Afterwards there was a truly joyous occasion. Supporters in England and in France had donated four full suitcases of clothes for these poor boys and girls. Every single child received something; their shouts of pleasure and their happy faces made the visit worthwhile for that alone.
From here we drove the 6 km to Bubebbere. Once again, the sponsored children gathered to be photographed and receive the messages and gifts that many of their sponsors had sent with us.
Our Ugandan friends operate an orphanage here, and a high proportion of the sponsored children are resident in it. As well as giving them a home, another benefit is that they can learn about, and help with, food production on the school farm.
Until George Senyonga built Golden College at Nsaggu, it was a rare event for the children of his village to be able to attend secondary school. This lack of opportunity distressed him and he went as far as to sell his own business in order to raise funds to achieve the dream of educating these youngsters.
Our first visit was 9 years ago. At that time the place was nothing but virgin bush. Now it is a fully operational school and there are already students in the 6th Form. It is an amazing achievement.
Of the 13 sponsored youngsters at the secondary level, 9 are being educated here. It marks an enormous step forward from just a few years ago, both for the village and for our project.
Nangabo Vocational Institute
A debilitating problem for isolated villages is the lack of qualified people, both on the educational and medical side,who come from and live in them. There are no doctors or nurses for instance.
When a Ugandan colleague came up with the idea of finding three teenage girls to undertake pre-school training, we jumped at the chance.
All three of them are now studying a two-year Early Childhood Education/Nursery Teaching course and will become fully qualified Nursery Teachers.
Two of them will complete their studies this year and a third in 2014. We truly hope that they will help to make a real difference in the two villages.
Truly Wonderful When we set up the sponsorship scheme in 2006, we had no inkling of how successful it was going to be. To have 90 children supported at nursery, primary and secondary levels, let alone in further education, was beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make it happen. Do you know others who might help?
We have started to make a difference, but there is so much more to do. Please ask people to look at the sponsorship page on our website: www.amis-d-ouganda.com, to look at our Friends of Uganda Facebook Page, or to get in touch directly by writing to us at: 4.oiseaux @ wanadoo . fr