So much to do

We are proud of our achievements, but they would be nothing without the backing of you, our supporters. You sponsor children from nursery school, through the secondary sector and on to training courses and university. The money that you have helped us to raise has (among other things) built classrooms, teachers’ homes, a kitchen and a school hall. It has funded clean water projects, solar lighting and self-sufficiency schemes. It has put smiles on the faces of so many youngsters.

That sounds good. Yes? Of course! However, I think that you can already sense my next word: But………

Despite the progress that our colleagues have made with our support, it is undeniable that there is so much more that needs to be done if we are going to secure the futures of the schools and their children: Orphans that we cannot care for because we lack the money to feed them.

Two sponsored girls in front of their home. Mother has died from AIDS and father is bedridden. If the worst comes to the worst, we should hope that they can be taken into the orphanage at Bubebbere - as long as we can find the necessary funds.

Two sponsored girls in front of their home. Mother has died from AIDS and father is bedridden. If the worst comes to the worst, we should hope that they can be taken into the orphanage at Bubebbere – as long as we can find the necessary funds.

A shortage of the basics needed to bring success for the children, including the wherewithal to pay for enough high quality, qualified teachers; even everyday items such as books and pencils are in short supply.

The cost of proper medical care. I have emphasised many times that there are neither doctors nor nurses in the villages.

This temporary classroom was very useful during the dry season.

One of the classrooms at Bubebbere. The floors are nothing but dust and a health danger, the walls require rendering and then painting, and we need to install windows and a door. We cannot re-roof the block until they have all been renovated.

These are some of the everyday problems. On a much larger scale, the schools lack enough decent classrooms and even desks.

We want to help in all of these areas, but we cannot do it without support and I hesitate to ask the same people who generously donate over and over again. We need new donors and new areas of funding if we are going to make our colleagues fully self-sufficient, which of course is our objective.

I must ask. Are you able to help us? There are many ways to do this.

Sponsor a child’s education. Our charges are as low as they possibly can be. We know of no other charity that asks as little as we do. We shall send you further information with pleasure.

A sponsor paid for books and pencils for his child's class. They were so grateful for the gift.

A sponsor paid for books and pencils for his child’s class. They were so grateful for the gift.

Make a single donation or guarantee a regular amount. When we know that your money is coming in each month, we can plan ahead in a better fashion.

£5 will buy 30 exercise books

£10 will feed a child in the orphanage for a week – with change left over for other necessities.

£15 will buy a boy or a girl a pair of shoes to protect him or her from the nasty effects of jiggers.

£16 will allow 2 or 3 children to have a desk instead of having to kneel on the floor with their books on a bench.

This temporary classroom was very useful during the dry season. Then the wind and rain came.

This temporary classroom was very useful during the dry season. Then the wind and rain came.

On a much larger scale, we need to build more classrooms, while some of the existing ones are in urgent need of improvement and renovation.

I try to be positive in these blog articles, but sometimes it is necessary to be blunt. There is so much that we cannot do.

A child's grandmother supervising the children while they write letters to their sponsors.

A child’s grandmother supervising the children while they write letters to their sponsors.

If you are at all enthused and feel that you want to do something, what about arranging a sponsored event? Or perhaps a party or quiz night? It can be hard work, but it can also be FUN. Enjoy yourself and help children in real need at the same time.

If you want to know more, just ask. I shall support you in any way I can.

Young People Can Do Wonderful Things. Please help us to give them a chance to do so?

Keith Mills

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3 thoughts on “So much to do

  1. Sue Hartridge

    Given the choice, would a second sponsorship or a monthly standing order be the more useful? I’m thinking a standing order might give you more flexibility…. Great blog, all the best to you both, Sue

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  2. Pingback: A first-hand view of the villages where we are working | Forever Friends of Uganda

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