Official Opening of the School Hall at Bubebbere
Saturday 21st February 2015
The provision of a school hall is a vital step in our efforts to ensure the long-term viability of Little Angels Primary School. At its most basic and essential level, it provides a centre for examinations, both state and school-based.
In the end though, academic considerations are no more than a starting point for its full potential. The Hall will be able to serve as dining room. Until now the children have had to eat outdoors (as we have done on our visits). It will be a place of relaxation for teaching staff and for the orphanage children in the evenings. It can also provide a venue for dancing and drama lessons. In the long term our colleagues hope that a part of the space can be used to provide a small library for the school.
It will also serve as a place to meet with parents and, once it is properly established, the whole community will benefit from the building as it can be used as a social centre; there is nowhere in the village itself.
The official opening took place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st February. Les Amis d’Ouganda was represented by Jeanette and Keith Mills from France and Pamela Winders from London. We were welcomed by our principal hosts Berna & George Senyonga. The excitement was high as the new hall filled up with children, school staff, parents and guardians, as well as local government officials and the head teacher of a nearby primary school.
The afternoon started and finished with the distribution of gifts and clothes to children. These had been sent by sponsors and supporters of our charity. In the meantime there were speeches and, I think, far more important was the entertainment provided by the pupils for the pleasure of everybody. It was right and proper that the children were at the heart of what went on that afternoon, as class after class marched onto the stage to sing for us.
There was a special end to the day for the three of us as we were served with a meal under the trees close to the hall. An important part of this was a dish of tilapia (a local fish delicacy) which had been caught on Lake Victoria from a boat that had been constructed by the young members of the Bulumbu Dream Scheme group.
Several years ago, we provided a solar panel for the orphanage at Bubebbere (this is situated next to the new hall) for both the safety and welfare of the young people living there. Later, a group of supporters of Les Amis d’Ouganda raised some money for us and requested that it should be used to light the hall in a similar way so that the orphanage, the school and the community at large could gain full value from the construction. This was installed in December 2014 and is now providing lighting for the hall.
The building work was started in July 2013 and was largely finished by end of 2014, though there was plenty of finishing work (including painting and the installation of a ceiling) to complete after that time. We are very grateful to the Region of Haute Normandie for the grant which enabled us to complete this project. Without their support, it would not have been possible.