Back to Kumi and ...
Yes, It's back to Kumi for me, to meet old friends, who have taught me so much in the last couple of years about being contented and happy whilst having very little in terms of this world's good, and to make new friends too, I hope. I'll be part of a team building a three classroom block for the nursery classes at Bazaar School, a school with well over 1,100 pupils in just eleven classrooms. Although this is a government school and education in Uganda is free in principle, the school lacks the necessary funds to improve conditions and facilities there and pupils have to be able to afford their school uniforms and all their books, writing materials and so on.
So, we'll be working at the school in the mornings and in the afternoons visiting various projects with which Mission Direct, through its local partner church, is involved in the area, meet more people and maybe take them some practical aid which we've been able to buy locally. (The airline charge for extra baggage has made taking such aid out with us totally impractical). These visits include the town's health centre, the local prison, a school for deaf children (a rare provision in Uganda, a rural development for children orphaned by AIDS or past inter-tribal hostilities and maybe a facility for elderly people.
Then after that I'll be going on to be part of another team helping to provide rather more basic facilities in a remote village school some 25 miles from Rukungiri in the south of the country. The afternoon visits there will include a development for disabled children, another need for which provision is often not made in that country.
I have already paid for all my travel, accommodation and other costs involved in the trip. This means that all the money given here is not for me, but to help pay for the materials, tools and employment of local builders for the main projects. Therefore, thank you on behalf of the pupils and staff at Kumi Bazaar School and Rushararazi School for whatever you are able to contribute to this work.