Our mission is to advance the education, health and well-being of pupils, teachers and communities associated with our three Ugandan schools.

 

We do this through providing teachers, clean water, brick buildings for classrooms, school meals, a boarding house, and large farming projects to enable self sufficiency.

 

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By rockofjoy, Aug 3 2019 09:25PM

We are on our way to the airport. We will lose our Ugandan SIM cards at the airport so will be out of contact until we land in the UK.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow afternoon.

By rockofjoy, Aug 3 2019 06:50AM

It's now early Saturday morning & the teenagers are still asleep as we let them have a lie in until 8:30! They were genuinely excited by this news.

We have finished our week in Lungujja. The young people had lots of notes from the school children telling them how much they love them & will miss them with tears again yesterday. They are so confident in their teaching now & they are not standing for any messing in their lessons!

The boys have been making charcoal briquettes with some classes using charcoal dust & cassava flour to make use of cheap resources. They've almost made tennis size ball briquettes & left them to dry. They tried cooking with them & the teachers were most impressed that they burned hotter & for longer than just charcoal.

Some of the Ugandan children & teachers are thinking of starting a small business selling a bag at a time to make some money.

The girls have continued a sterling job to finish the sanitary pads with about 95 girls despite some schoolchildren taking other girls pads & more needing sewing. It required the wisdom of Solomon to sort it out!

We went to watch an inter-school sports competition nearby: the ref was very biased to the opposing school in the netball match & we had to reign in some enthusiastic English opinions on this from the sidelines!

All the teams have been hand washing their clothes. Our Ugandan hosts wanted to do this for the team, but we felt the experience was good! I do know how to handwash so sat with the boys for a lesson on this. I'm not sure that the clothes were much cleaner, but the scock smell whilst we were eating was slightly reduced!

The team have been in with the boarders most evenings for their worship time, which is amazing. These children get the drum & take turns to lead songs with no forward planning or hours of practice & it usually includes a round of the hokey cokey!

I'll sign off now & see you all on Sunday.

Please say a prayer for Alistair & I as we are back in work on Monday morning.

I have said that I'll send all the teens a message at 7:30 to say "good morning how was the night?" which is how we are greeted each morning in Uganda.

Steph

Lunguujja class
Lunguujja class

By rockofjoy, Aug 2 2019 03:24PM

Team 1 have arrived safely back after a fantastic week in Masaka.

Hung up the remaining nets & taught of loads of lessons, milked a cow, star gazed & had lots of fun!

See you soon, God bless.

By rockofjoy, Aug 1 2019 09:56PM

We can't beleive that we have only one working day left. It has all gone so quickly.

YF have worked so well both individually & as teams. We are so proud of them & many have realised their potential for the first time. Praise God.


Can you recognise these excellent teachers who are clearly inspiring their pupils?

By rockofjoy, Jul 30 2019 08:29PM

Greetings from Steph & Team 2, we can't believe that we are almost half way through our last week! Time is flying now.

We are settled into Lungujja & the Kimbowa's & home being well fed - with chips for tea tonight.

We've had to order more nets as all the 300 have been put up by the terams here. The community are now coming & asking us to come to their homes to put up nets.

We've had fun doing holiday club with all of the nursery section & they all left today with a headband: with large listening ears attached after listening to the story of Mary & Martha.

The team have been working with classes on community clean ups - it feels like a drop in the ocean but it's getting the children thinking about the rubbish that they throw away & using the compost pits. Hopefully over time this will filter through to the whole community.

The girls have been working with approx 80 girls sewing sanitary pads each day. They have nearly finished so we are giving them all the donated knickers.

I was sitting cross legged on the floor for 2 hours so am now looking for 2 new hips. The Ugandan girls were laughing when I was trying to hobble around getting the feeling back in my legs!

Today the water has gone off so the team are learning new skills like how to flush a toilet with a jerry can & not to flush after everytime! We are so eco friendly!

We were going to do washing today but no water & rain on & off it was not possible so one team member will continue to wear one clean & one dirty sock & rotate each day. I will leave you to guess if it's your child!

They are learning to forward plan clean underwear so allow for the unexpected!

So we will continue - slightly more grubby but ever cheerful.

We do have clean bottles of drinking water in case you were worried.

Steph

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