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Our New Start

Forever Friends of Uganda has been very quiet on the publicity front recently, and for that I can only apologise. An enormous change in our lives has meant that our attention has been focused elsewhere.

As most of you know, we lived in Normandy, France, for 23 years. During that time we welcomed tourists in a range of ways, and it is something that we enjoyed immensely. However, we reached a stage in our lives when we believed that the time had come to finally retire from the business. For a variety of reasons, we decided to return to our roots, and so it is that we are now established back in Stockport.

That does not mean we shall ease off in our efforts to help the Ugandan children in need who have been at the centre of our work for the past 15 years. Quite the contrary.

So ……. watch this space!

Teachers’ Accommodation

We told you earlier in the year of the problems teachers at Bulumbu have to put up with because they must live on the premises and there is no accommodation available for them. It is something that has engaged our attention since we saw first-hand how they were having to sleep in a classroom or in the church. It was unacceptable and unsustainable.

Teachers’ Accommodation

This is where the teachers have had to sleep

I am delighted to report that funds have now been transferred to Uganda to enable work to commence on a block of three bedrooms. The funding is very much one of partnership, with money coming from us in UK; from our colleagues in France (with support from our ever faithful Uganda charitable foundation friends) and from our Dreamscheme Uganda colleagues who have managed to become a full partner in this work.

We are so much stronger working together.

The Story of Florence Namatali

Nine years ago, it did not seem likely that Florence would have much in the way of a future. She was just starting her penultimate year at primary school, but only because our colleagues had taken her into their orphanage at Bubebbere and were taking as much care of her as their limited funds would permit.

Fortunately for this charming girl, we had just started our sponsorship scheme and she was among the first children to be able to benefit from it. She was regularly at or near the top of her class and was encouraged further when her sponsors bought her a blanket and mattress to improve her comfort.

At the end of Year 7, she passed her Primary Leaving Examination with a Grade 3 – easily good enough for her to progress into secondary education. As long as the funding was available. Once again her sponsors came up trumps with the increased amount that the next level of education required.

Forence when she was a secondary school student

Florence did well at first, but as the years passed, she found the academic setting more challenging. That being said, she managed a pass in her Uganda Certificate of Education (the equivalent of “O” levels).

It was at this stage that we were able to offer her the possibility of a secure future and career with a two-year course in Early Childhood Education at the Nangabo Vocational Institute on the outskirts of Kampala. She was funded by a combination of her sponsors (once more) and our charitable Foundation partner which has been generous enough to support us in a whole range of ways.

Florence took full advantage, passing the course with a grade A score. An excellent result for a girl whose origins were so difficult.

So far so good – but things got even better. After graduation she was happy to return to Bulumbu and to commence her teaching career “back home”. Not only was she a great success in the classroom, but she loved the work. She has now progressed to take charge of the nursery section and to become deputy headteacher.

A successful teacher at Bulumbu

Well done Florence. And thank you to everybody who has helped to make this such a success story.

 

A few bits and pieces

The completed latrine block

The latrines that we financed earlier in the year are now complete and in use.

The children at the wildlife centre

A small group of children were able to benefit from a trip to Entebbe Wildlife centre.

Is the escalator in a shopping mall more impressive than a wild animal for a village child?

 

Our next major project – necessary but a real challenge – will be to find the funds to reroof the classroom block at Bubebbere. The rooms have been renovated, but if the leaking roof is not replaced all of the good work will be undone.

The leaking classroom roof is a hazard to the children and risks undoing the renovation work already completed.

 

The first fund-raising attempt since our return has just taken place. We sold our Ugandan crafts on the Cheadle Hulme Artisan market.

 

Our stall on the Cheadle Hulme Artisan Market

A Happy Christmas and New Year to everybody

Keith Mills

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An Autumn Roundup

The New Latrines at Bulumbu

Another essential project completed. The school now has use of the new latrines that were so urgently needed. The construction still needs plastering, but it is in use.

Stockport County Bucket Collection

A great – and enjoyable – success.

On Saturday 23rd September, we paraded around the stands at Edgeley Park asking spectators to throw coins into our buckets.

Our sincere thanks go to the SCFC Community Foundation and to Stockport County for helping to make this happen. On the day, our 12 “bucketeers” worked hard and cheerfully to persuade the fans to hand over their money. The £560 that we raised will go a long way to help us with our future projects

The bucket team at Stockport County

Teachers’ Accommodation

During our visit to Uganda early this year, we were absolutely delighted to open the new classroom block at Bulumbu, to meet the sponsored girls and boys, and to welcome the progress that was being made in the education of these needy children.

That being said, our schools are still very poor and the income is inadequate for everything that needs to be done. A major difficulty is in the recruitment of competent teachers. The lack of money to pay salaries is one part of this problem, but so too is the remote location of our schools. Young men and women are not keen to stay in isolated villages.

But just as important is the problem of where can they live if they are not from the area. One of the things that disturbed us most was the lack of sleeping accommodation for these teachers. At present two of them sleep in one of the new classrooms – which of course means that they have clear out all of their things every morning before lessons start. Others sleep in the neighbouring church. Hardly an ideal situation!

So …. we intend to make a start on improving things by constructing a block of three small bedrooms. That will be the next call on our funds. Watch this space for further details!

University Education

Our first sponsored student to go to university is now completing her second year at Kyambogo, Kampala. We are delighted to report that two more young women who were supported from primary school through to the end of their 6th form studies also attained excellent “A” level results.

Diana Nakimbugwe

So we are pleased to report that Diana Nakimbugwe has been admitted to Mbarara University where she is studying medicine and Maria Nanyonga is studying for a law degree at Kampala International University.

Maria with Danny

Our congratulations and best wishes go to all three of them.

 

 The teddy bear girls

In our last edition, we told you about the wonderful initiative from two young girls who raised funds by donating two teddy bears and organising a guess their names competition.

It is with pleasure that we can report that we kept our promise to ring-fence the money they raised to purchase books in support of the reading for pleasure programme.

Books bought thanks to the teddy bear girls

Child Sponsorship

I never tire of telling you that at the heart of our work is the child sponsorship programme. At the time of writing we have in the region of 100 children supported in this way. They range from the little ones in the nursery section, through the seven primary school years, into secondary school and vocational courses and now, as you will have read above, into university.

It is a great satisfaction for FFOU as an organisation, but possibly even more so on an individual basis to those who support these children. What can be more wonderful than seeing a little one who possesses nothing turning into a successful young man or young woman who with their help has the opportunity to make a real success of his or her life?

Two happy little girls show off the sportswear bought for them by their sponsor.

For only £70 a year (or by instalments if necessary) you can give a boy or a girl a year’s education. £1.35 a week is a very small price to pay to give a child with nothing the possibility of a meaningful future.

If you are interested, please send us a message on: foreverfriendsofuganda@gmail.com . We shall be delighted to give you more information.

Two children looking for sponsors.

Nalubega Sharon is 6 years old. Her parents are missing. She was just dropped off at her grandparents’ home.

Mutaasa Kafeero is 4 years old. His parents are divorced. Mother has abandoned him to his father who finds it difficult to care for him because of a “drink” problem.

Membership

Another way to help for a very small amount is to become a member of Forever Friends of Uganda. We promise to ring-fence the money in this account to help children directly – often those who get support in no other way.

We ask an annual minimum of only £5 per person for this. Although – of course – there is no upper limit if you want to be generous.

Forever Friends of Uganda – the way forward

As you all know by now, I have written it often enough, these are exciting times for Forever Friends of Uganda. However, I also have to admit that they have been difficult times. As transparency is important to us, it would be wrong to try to hide the problems we have been facing.

The way things were. Cooking under the trees to welcome us 12 years ago.

The way things were. Cooking under the trees to welcome us 12 years ago.

For 12 years, our British supporters did not have the recognition that their goodwill and generosity merited. During that period everything was done under the auspices of our French partners at Les Amis d’Ouganda. But as we grew, it became useful and then necessary to separate the two arms of our support for DreamScheme Uganda.

That is where things began to prove difficult even though we understood the importance of doing such a thing.

Developments at Bubebbere with the school hall and the orphanage.

Developments at Bubebbere with the school hall and the orphanage.

For circumstances totally outside our control, we had to move to a new British bank and that in itself created uncertainty for a much longer period than we should ideally have wished. Nevertheless, by the end of last year we were back on course after that setback.

Then we became victims of our own success. The original idea had been to set up as a Small Charity. It is a pleasure to report that, with your support, our income in the last financial year far outstripped the limits of that form of organisation and we had to face the far more rigorous registration obligations that go with such progress.

The great thing is that we now have in place a small body of dedicated trustees in UK who are working tirelessly for our good cause. With their help, we are well on the way to getting the administration side of things sorted out, so that we shall be able to look positively to the future.

We need to do so. Our aim is to get our Ugandan colleagues to the level where they can become totally self-sufficient. Quite simply – our intention is to do ourselves out of a job. However, we have to be realistic and understand that there is a long way to go before that objective can be realised.

We are optimistic that we shall get there in the long-term, but in the meantime we need your continuing support and to try to expand our sources of income to reach that end. The children whom we support have nothing. First and foremost our desire is to give these boys and girls a childhood worthy of the name and after that to give them a meaningful chance in life that without our support would be far less likely. Please help us to help them.

At the heart of what we want - helping the boys and girls to enjoy their childhood with a playground.

At the heart of what we want – helping the boys and girls to enjoy their childhood with a playground.

We promise to continue to keep you informed about the work and the progress that is being made. Beyond that ….. if you have any suggestions or thoughts about anything to do with the country or about the children in need whom we are here to support, please tell us. We want Forever Friends of Uganda to be your charity, your good cause, as much as ours.

What we achieved in 2015

Sponsorship The only disappointment during 2015 was that we failed to attract as many new sponsors as we need. Although this is a great challenge for 2016, we must not allow it to mask the real pleasure we gained elsewhere.

With Florence at Nangabo - in her college uniform.

With Florence at Nangabo – in her college uniform.

It was so simple in our early days. All of the children were in nursery or primary school, but success gave us a real challenge as the youngsters moved on beyond this level. We now have 14 children at various stages of their secondary education; with several more due to join them this year. Several young women have gained a certificate in early childhood education from the Nangabo Vocational Institute. The latest success from there is Florence Namitala who gained a Grade A pass. Florence has progressed as a sponsored girl from the village to secondary school and now beyond.. She has returned to Bulumbu to work with the little ones there. She is determined to give back something of what she knows has been done for her.

Ronald on his welding course

Ronald on his welding course

We have had other successes: a young woman is now earning her living as a hairdresser and a young man has just qualified from a welding course. A third is about to start his second year on a hairdressing course at the YMCA in Kampala. Perhaps the greatest pleasure rests with a girl who has been sponsored since her primary school years and has become our first ever university entrant.

Majorine is now at university. Here she entertains us during a visit to her home.

Majorine is now at university. Here she entertains us during a visit to her home.

Of course, none of this could have happened without the generosity of the people who support them. Each level of education naturally becomes more expensive. Our congratulations go to the students; but our gratitude goes to their sponsors who have often built up a relationship with the boy or girl whom they are helping, and that in itself is a real delight.

Gifts Our thanks also go out to those who over the year were even more generous with the purchase of gifts for their child: clothes, shoes, school uniforms. One sponsor bought mosquito nets for his child and for his friends, to try to help them to avoid malaria which is a constant threat. Another, whose boy had been intermittently ill for many years, has helped with the payment of medical fees to help him to overcome the problem.

The new water tank being installed.

The new water tank being installed.

Clean water project at Bubebbere It is with great pleasure that we can report that this project has been completed. Water can now be pumped from a protected spring to the school and orphanage where a tank has been installed to store the water as well as, during the rainy season, taking it from the roofs of the school buildings. We thank the Department of Seine-Maritime for its help with this. Their grant made a great difference to the work.

The school at Bulumbu is slowly being developed.

The school at Bulumbu is slowly being developed.

Fourth classroom at Bulumbu The construction of the 4th classroom at Bulumbu has been completed and a start made on the 5th and 6th rooms. This would have been impossible without the support of a charitable foundation which, although it wishes to remain anonymous, knows how grateful we are for its support over many years.

The same organisation enabled us to purchase an ecological brick-making machine. Not only will this help us to cut costs on building projects but will in due course bring in further revenue at the same time as protecting the environment.

Before renovation. Earth floor, bare bricks, no windows or doors.

Before renovation. Earth floor, bare bricks, no windows or doors.

The classrooms at Bubebbere Because of the shortage of funds, these were never built to an acceptable standard and over the years they have deteriorated. We have started a rolling programme to renovate them in order to try to give the children a decent place in which to study. We have not got the wherewithal to do them all in one go as we should have wished. The first two have been completed and the others will be done one at a time as money becomes available. Finally, we shall need to replace the leaking roofing sheets.

Preparing the windows for installation.

Preparing the windows for installation.

Reading for Pleasure The initiation of this programme has been a great delight. A dozen individual sponsors and Westwood Primary School in Lancashire have provided funds to buy the first set of books and we shall follow the progress of the scheme with great interest. If enough money becomes available, we hope also to be able to purchase text books for the school. It sorely needs them.

Books for the reading project

Books for the reading project

Forever Friends of Uganda After an initially difficult start, a partner charity to Les Amis d’Ouganda is now up and running in UK. We could not have got where we are without the support and work of Pam Winders in London. We shall keep supporters on both sides of the Channel up-to-date with what is going on with this partnership.

At the entrance to the new school hall.

At the entrance to the new school hall.

And Not To Forget In February 2015, three of us (Jeanette, Pam and Keith) visited Uganda. We were able to meet the sponsored children at all levels – always a great pleasure. In addition, we participated in the official opening ceremony of the new school hall at Bubebbere. This was another partnership development, and our thanks go out to the Region of Haute-Normandie for the generous grant that contributed significantly to the success of this project.

 

There is so much more that we should like to achieve but at present cannot. If current supporters/readers could spread the word it would give us a real boost. The more people who know about us, the more we should be able to achieve.

 

Keith Mills

Happy Christmas & New year

Forever Friends of Uganda

wishes you a

Happy Christmas & New Year

 

See the card of Forever Friends of Uganda in pdf

Classroom in Bubebbere.

Classroom in Bubebbere.

We are delighted to report that our newly registered charity is now up-and-running and looking forward to a bright future helping these children in need.

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.

Forever Friends of Uganda; working to construct a better future for children who possess nothing.

Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to this year.

The format is a little like our old newsletters before we joined the “blogosphere”!

Building a new school Friends of Uganda

Building a new school hall – Friends of Uganda

School Hall at Bubebbere

We are very proud of the construction of the hall. It is the biggest capital project that we have ever attempted. For that we must express our gratitude to the Region of Haute-Normandie. Without its support with a grant, we could never have got this far.

As I write, the final touches are being made. It will then serve as a facility for the school itself, as a place for the children from the orphanage to relax in the evenings, as a centre for the live-in staff, and whenever needed as a community facility; the only one in the area. Of course with no electricity, its use would be severely limited which is why we are currently making arrangements for solar lighting to be installed. This will continue the lighting revolution that we helped to get under way in the orphanage three years ago. We plan to have it in place in time for Christmas.

Building a new hall Bubebbere  Friends of Uganda

Building a new hall in Bubebbere – Friends of Uganda

Bulumbu classrooms

We are very fortunate to have the support of a charitable foundation which, over the years, has helped us in a variety of ways. At the heart of this support was the financing of the construction of the first three classrooms at Bulumbu. They have now given us 50% of the money needed to build a fourth one. A start has been made and our colleagues are waiting for us to find the necessary funds to complete the work.

 

Clean water scheme at Bubebbere

Clean water scheme Friends of Uganda

Clean water scheme Friends of Uganda

It is with great pleasure that we can report that the Conseil Général (Seine-Maritime) has agreed to give us a grant for a clean water scheme at Bubebbere. There is a spring within the grounds which will act as the source for this project. Once the area has been cleared and made secure, the water will be pumped up to the school and the orphanage.

At present the boys and girls must carry jerrycans of water from a more distant source every morning and every evening. Once this work has been completed, not only will there be guaranteed provision of clean water, but the quality of life of these young boys and girls will be much enhanced.

As a footnote, it is worth noting that currently our colleagues have to pay for tankers to deliver water to the schools whenever they want to get on with a building programme.

 

Sponsorship Scheme

Friends of Uganda help childenShoes for Nakyobe Mariam at Bubebbere

 We have discussed this many times during the year, so let us keep it brief. That more than 90 youngsters are currently being supported gives us real pleasure. Even more pleasing is how generously sponsors seek to help their Ugandan children with all sorts of extras. Many have bought gifts to improve their lives (among other things, school uniforms, shoes, clothes, mattresses), others are paying for food to enable unfortunate children to be cared for in the orphanage, and there has even been help for families (economic projects, medical care). Without this kind of generous support, these already needy children would have even poorer lives.

Sponsorship of chilfren Friends of UgandaLukwago Johson with uniform, bag and shoes

 End-of-year examinations have recently taken place in Uganda. A young woman (the third now) is in the final stages of her studies in Early Childhood Education at the Nangabo Vocational Institute. For the first time we have a student taking her ‘A’ levels, others are being tested with their ‘O’ levels and, as every year, several are taking their Primary Leaving Exams (they need to pass these to have a chance of progressing to the secondary school level). Our best wishes go to all of them.

The power of the blog. The piece that we wrote on the subject of jiggers had an important and beneficial result. It persuaded many sponsors to buy shoes for their Ugandan children and we have also received a good supply of second-hand pairs. Thank you everybody.

 

Expansion of the farm at Bubebbere

Helping others to help themselves Friends of UgandaProduction of beans and cabbages

 Our motto has always been “Helping others to help themselves”. The expansion of the farm at Bubebbere is a fine example of how this is working. The production of fruit and vegetables for the school children and for those in the orphanage not only cuts down on the cost of purchasing food, but is also a way of improving the diet and so the health of the children.

 

Balade Contée in France

Balade contée of Friends of Uganda

Balade contée of Friends of Uganda

Earlier in the year we told you about the plans for our Balade Contée in France. I am delighted to report that it was an enormous success. We were blessed by the warm September sun, people turned up in good numbers, the setting was beautiful, and our storytellers brought great pleasure to the participants – both young and old – and much-needed income for our projects. Our thanks go to everybody who helped to make this such an enjoyable afternoon.

 

Balade Contée for Africa by Friends of Uganda

Balade Contée for Africa by Friends of Uganda

A small group of us will be visiting Uganda in February when of course we shall be able to spend some time with the sponsored children. This is just an early reminder that if you want to write a message to your child, you need to get it to us before the end of January and we shall hand it over with great pleasure.

 

Keith and Janette Mills at the Balade Contée for Africa Friends of UgandaKeith Mills (president) and Jeanette Mills (Assistant secretary)
at the Balade Contée for Africa – Friends of Uganda

Berna Senyonga + newsletter from Forever Friends of Uganda

 Meet Berna Senyonga

Berna Senyonga is the public face of Dream Scheme Uganda. It is a cheerful and enthusiastic face, but what about the person behind it. We hope that these few questions and answers will explain something about the real woman behind the post that she holds.

Berna at the microphone

Berna at the microphone

1. Berna, where and when were you born?

I was born to Federesi Wanyana at Mulago Hospital, Kampala on 5th March 1968. At the time the family was living in Kawempe just north of Kampala, though we moved to Mukono later.

 

2. Can you tell us something about your parents?

My father was an official in the Uganda prison service. He moved around because of his work and he had three official wives. I, their first child, was born after my parents had been married for eight years, but my mother later gave birth to three other children although the last-born died when he was two.

My father was polygamous and had nineteen children from five women. Unfortunately he became alcoholic and my parents separated when I was six years old.

 

3. What was your childhood like?

It was very difficult when my mother was alone. She was weak after two caesarean births. She was rejected by her own relatives and by my fatherʼs family. At one time she had to travel 80 miles on the back of a lorry to get matooke (green bananas) which she could sell to allow her family to survive. She rented a two-room house for the family and for her small grocery business, and she looked after her blind mother all of her life.

We felt worthless. I never had a male figure in my life and for a long time I kept my distance from men because I thought all of them were like my father.

 

4. What about your education?

After seven years at Kawempe Muslim Primary School and four more at secondary school, I went to Teacher Training College and gained a grade three teachersʼ certificate.          I worked as a cleaner in order to supplement the family income and to help with school fees.

I also have a Diploma in Theology and hope to graduate next April with a B.A. in Bible and Theology.

5. And your own family life?

I married George in 1990 and we have four children together, James 22, Esther 20, Maria 14 and Rebecca is now 9.

Berna with husband, George and daughter, Esther à Busega

Berna with husband, George and daughter, Esther à Busega

6. In addition you do a lot of voluntary work, donʼt you?

As well as community work at churches, I have been the Trainer for Dream Scheme Uganda since 2003, I am project manager for Busega Dream Scheme and last year I was elected Chairman of the organisation.

I am one of the founding members of the Little Angels Primary Schools at Bubebbere and Bulumbu where I have acted as Headmistress and volunteer teacher. An important part of my work is to co-ordinate the sponsorship project run by Les Amis dʼOuganda from France and to help to oversee all the work financed by that charity.

 

7. What is your dream for the future?

I want us to grow into a bigger, unified school with more classrooms around the orphanage at Bubebbere; and we need more accommodation at Bulumbu as we shall have a full school there from next year, right through to Primary 7. As well as formal education, we have to teach the children self-reliance skills so that they can help themselves, their families and the community. We have needy boys and girls in the orphanage who have to learn to look after themselves.

Some children still have to kneel on the floor to received their lessons

Some children still have to kneel on the floor to received their lessons

The challenge is to raise the finance; to build, to pay salaries, to feed and care for the orphans. The sponsorship money sent to us helps, but we need so much more if our dream of being a model school at a high standard is to be fulfilled.

 

In case you forget!

Perhaps you will get tired of me repeating it, but that is not going to stop me. If we are going to help our Ugandan friends to make real progress, we need others to help us. Last year the seeds were sown. A group of English friends from S.W. France and our grandson in England raised valuable funds on our behalf. We did not need to ask them. They could see what was needed and they got on with it. This year those seeds have begun to grow and bear fruit.

In England

Chris and Nicole climb Snowden three-legged

Chris and Nicole climb Snowden three-legged

Once again our grandson Chris, this time with his girlfriend, Nicole came up trumps. Their three-legged walk up Mount Snowden in June was not only a great achievement in itself but brought in valuable funds for our cause.

 

Brook house Hotel

Brook house Hotel

In past years Brook House Hotel at Clayton-le-Woods in Lancashire have held raffles to raise money for us. This year, they took an enormous step forward in organising a concert and dinner on our behalf. We backed up their work with our African craft market. Supporters came from all over England to assist us and a loud and lively event made for a very special evening.

Rogan with some of the children who had just received school uniforms

Rogan with some of the children who had just received school uniforms

In the same community of Clayton-le-Woods, Westwood Primary School has twinned with classes at Bulumbu and Bubebbere. In the spring, a non-uniform day was a unique way for the children to buy uniforms for their African twins. Later in the year, instead of bringing in the traditional harvest fruit and vegetables, they contributed coins. It is incredible how this added up to a substantial amount.

 

Further south in Surrey, at the beginning of November, friends organised a  party at their home. We have received more valuable income from this. And these same people will be selling our crafts on a Christmas market near to their home.

Finally a young sponsor persuaded a charity with which she was associated to make us a donation.

 

In Ireland

Another of our sponsors organised a raffle; and once again it was a superb result. What made this even more impressive was that she had not told us she was doing it. The first we knew was when we received a transfer into our bank account.

 

Incredible! Many thanks to our friends across the Channel

 

In France

Once again, without our knowing about it in advance one of our close supporters sold second hand goods on a foire à tout (car boot sale) and brought in more than we could have dared to hope for.

Thank you to everybody concerned. Here’s hoping that their efforts will inspire others to help us to make a difference in 2014.

 

Helping ourselves

 

We ask you for your support, but of course, we have to make the effort ourselves.

 

Sale of Ugandan Crafts

Les Amis d’Ouganda has set out its stall at two events this year. At the beginning of June, we were present at a Weekend Africain at Forges-les-Eaux and in August our products all but flew off the table at an Afternoon under the African Sun at Lammerville.

 

Balade Contée in France

Balade Contée in France

Early October brought our 8th annual Balade Contée, our Walk for Uganda. This year some 60 participants explored the highways and byways around the village of Sigy-en-Bray. As ever Jeane Herrington-Charlionet led a great team of story-tellers to entertain the participants. Raynald Flory joined us for a third time and Isabelle Modard was a welcome debutant. To make things even more entertaining, we were able to welcome musicians Sophie and Hélène. We knew nothing of their help until they turned up on the day.

 

Thank you to everybody who helped to make it another great success.

 

So where has your money gone in 2013?

 

Chickens at Nsaggu

 

Construction of the chicken house at Nsaggu

Construction of the chicken house at Nsaggu

Every year we try set up another self-sufficiency scheme, something that will teach the children practical skills and which they can keep going by their own efforts. This time it was the turn of Nsaggu Dream Scheme. Their chicken project is now up and running. The building were constructed in the first half of the year and now they have purchased everything else needed to get them going: the birds themselves of course, but also medicines, vaccines, foodstuffs, stoves, drinkers and feeders. We wish them well in their efforts.

 

School Hall at Bubebbere

 

Construction of the school hall at Bubebbere

Construction of the school hall at Bubebbere

This is the biggest project we have undertaken. Capital projects already funded include classrooms, latrines, a kitchen and staff housing, but this is taking us to another level

The construction is important for a whole range of reasons; as somewhere for the orphanage children to eat and relax in poor weather, as a centre for school and community meetings and not least as a centre for school and government exams. At present, Bubebbere children have to attend other schools for the latter.

 

It was going to be an enormous “ask” to raise funds for this project and so we applied to the Region of Haute-Normandie for a grant to support us. We shall always be grateful for their help. The Region will supply 50% of the total needed and we have to find the balance. We sent the first tranche of payment in July and already the foundations are dug and the building has started. We are now sending the second contribution and we are planning for the building to be completed before the end of 2014.

 

Jeanette & Keith with a family of sponsored children

Jeanette & Keith with a family of sponsored children

Sponsorship

Your support of children’s education remains at the heart of what we are doing. As I write, you are enabling 75 primary school children, 12 secondary school students and three young women in further education to benefit from free tuition. That is great. But if you are not already part of our project and think that you would like to help, please talk to us about it. There are many more youngsters in need.

 

The sponsored children at Bubebbere.

The sponsored children at Bubebbere.

Please sponsor a child and give him or her a future.

That will be a real Christmas present  

Or… a seasonal donation towards our work will be gratefully received.  

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