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, Jul 30 2019 07:51PM

We have arrived at Rock of Joy Lugala to the warmest welcome yet & having been greeted by Headteacher Benald & Teo, we were taken on a tour of the school to meet each of the classes.

It is really exciting to see the developments at the school since our last visit, particulary the new toilet block.

In 2017 Team 3 were upset by the smelly maggot infested long drop pit latrines used by the pupils & vowed to get them replaced with plumbed in flushing toilets. Lots of people have been fundraising but it has been great for John who ran the Chester 10k & Eve, Sarah & Josh whose little sister sold badges in their schools see their efforts have resulted in the gleaming new facilities being used by the pupils.

I'm really proud of the whole team for pulling out the stops & finding the energy & motivation to keep working hard in our final week.

We are visiting some of the poorest homes we have seen to hang nets which is hot, tiring & challenging but everyone is determined to finish well & make the most of the last few days.

Parents & grandparents can be very proud of all your young people have achieved.

We'll be home soon to tell you all about it!

Love from us all & see you on Sunday.

By rockofjoy, Jul 29 2019 03:34PM

Team 1 had a good journey down to Masaka.

We have taught storybag lessons & shown the farm by the inspirational Fred.

We have learnt a lot about how to grow coffee!

Settling in well & loving the peace of rural Uganda.

Good to have the team together again (medical mission now completed).

Team are well & having a great time.

The past two weeks have flown by. We want to make the most of every moment here!!

Fred's farm with coffee beans
Fred's farm with coffee beans

By rockofjoy, Jul 28 2019 07:15AM

Many people have committed their lives to following Jesus, teaching and the churches are growing each time we visit.

By rockofjoy, Jul 27 2019 12:42PM

We had a great day whitewater rafting down the Nile!

All survived & back safe.

Now looking forward to relaxing weekend & speaking to you all via the live links tomorrow.

By rockofjoy, Jul 27 2019 11:34AM

Greetings from team 2.

Well we've finished our week in Lugala, which has flown by.

We've arrived in Jinja for white water rafting after a very early wake up of 5:30.

We finished yesterday with a gathering with teachers and sodas. Benald the head gave a fantastic speech about the work of the rock of joy family which brought a tear to the eye. He is so failthful & committed to the school.

The team have got to know the classes really well & there were tears from my team & the Ugandan children as we left - & not just the girls!

Debrief has been really important this week as the community tour has been emotionally hard going. One group was particularly hard hit by a house made of metal sheets tacked together with holes in the roof - it had 8 family members. We are going to look into providing some matresses for this family as the kids are sleeping on nearly bare wooden slats & also to find out how much it would cost to fix the roof with some corregated iron.

The team have said it has finally dawned on them just how privileged they are and how grateful they should be.

On a lighter note I have a hilarious video of the team trying to run a sports lesson with nursery children. Herding cats comes to mind!! The team were trying to use stern voices to gain control but ended up running after them. It gives them an insight into being a team leade on a Ugandan trip!

As we enter our third week please pray for as much enthusiasm as we had in week one, as we know they are getting tired now - early nights all round.

Also for you as parents to be aware of reverse culture shock on re-entering "normal" life.

Speak to you all at the live link tomorrow. We shall be ready for our last week!

Love Steph & the team.


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Uganda Celebration will be at 7 - 9 pm on Thursday September 5th 2019 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Telegraph Road, Heswall

Everyone welcome to come and hear about the experiences of our teams