Jenny and Keith Fryer – February/March 2017

Jenny had been before, back in 2011 and we have photos and small reminders in our house, so I was prepared, or at least I thought so!
We arrived early on the Saturday evening and were soon surrounded by children and from thereon it never really changed. We stayed inside the Convent and were blessed with incredible hospitality throughout our stay. Of course, it’s basic (the power went down on Tuesday morning and didn’t return until Friday), but the love and care more than makes up for any small sacrifices.
We went to the Church across the road on Sunday and the joy of being with hundreds of others, was exhilarating. I’d explained to Sister Phina that I wanted to help with the older children and she took me at my word. Patrick, the P7 teacher, was brave enough to allow me to teach (mainly English & RE) for a few hours each day and that was an incredible experience.
The curriculum is very structured and while I loosely followed it, I also broke away. We learned some songs, we discussed life through question sessions and went into rhyme and jokes; there isn’t really time for things like this in their schedule, so they were often tough concepts for the kids to understand, but we got there.

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2014 Annual Report

Visitors to the School

Vicki and Nick Beach travelled out in February (see posting for details of their trip) and then in May Mary Morrison went out with a Teaching Assistant Lizzie, Tom and Emma McFarland the daughter of Mark McFarland Deputy Head at Dauntseys School – Dauntseys nominated us as their charity of the year for 2014 which was both a surprise and a huge honour. Mary and Lizzie went out specifically to help progress Literacy at the school as it is a big issue with the pupils being taught in English.
During the summer 5 boys from Bath and their leader arrived at the school having been enthused by what is happening and wanting to see for their own eyes. They had a fantastic time helping with technology, sports, music and the like. Their eyes were opened to the reality of life in Uganda, and the school staff and pupils were able to see and interact with Elvin and his friends who are the same age as the oldest girls but from such a different background.
After that Fiona came for a month, in July/August, with Lisa Bernard followed by Kay Hudson (her second visit to the school) and Bernadette. Without exception all visitors to the school have added something of value to pupils and staff alike.

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2014 Half Yearly Report

What a busy year for the charity and the school. First there was the February 2014 trip by Nick and Vicki Beach (see our post about this) and then Mary and Lizzie went out with Tom primarily to help with teaching support and literacy. This is very much needed and will be ongoing. Their trip was a great success but the skills given to the teachers need to be continually updated and refreshed so that it can really bed in.

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