Welcome to the Mary Wood Trust
The origins of The Mary Wood Trust charity date back to 2002, when the initial plan was to improve the fabric at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School (NGSS) - mending the leaking dormitory roofs and concreting damaged floors - as well as finding sponsorship for 10 needy girls at the school (a Church of Uganda girls only boarding school). Since then our support there has expanded and we now sponsor over 40 girls at the school and have also completed a number of major building projects.
We have also been able to support a small number of our girls as they have progressed into further education - university, nursing school and technical colleges.
Ruth Memorial Nursery School (RMNS) in Kihiihi, which provides nursery and early primary education to the needy children in the area, also comes under our umbrella and the Diocesan Health Centre at Nyakatere has had support over the years for their dental unit, laboratory equipment, generator and washing facilities
All this has been possible because of the great generosity of our supporters over many years. Thank you!
Update- October 2021
What a difficult time it has been for our friends in Kinkiizi Diocese.
The pandemic has caused havoc to the education system. Strict rules have been set by the President regarding the opening of churches, schools, and institutions of further education. As well as making sure all safety protocols are put in place (mask wearing, hand washing stations, use of hand sanitisers and social distancing), numbers have been restricted greatly. In the 270 churches within the diocese this has caused problems for the clergy, who rely on the weekly offerings for their pay. From time to time travel on the roads has been restricted, making life even more difficult.
In a remote place like Kanungu there is no possibility for online teaching – lack of I pads, lack of internet, for pupils and teachers alike. Fortunately, the girls at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School who were studying for their O and A Levels, were able to return and despite all this disruption it was wonderful to hear of their successes. Two of our five Mary Wood Trust sponsored girls achieved the top marks in the school for their O Levels and our two A level girls did well enough to be accepted at Bishop Barham Christian University (BBCU) in Kabale for degree courses.
It has been a challenge for the teachers during the school closures, particularly the part time and locally employed ones. Again, they rely on school fees for their wages. Because of this, we have tried to offer a small financial helping hand, knowing full well the importance of keeping the teachers happy and willing to return to their jobs once the schools are allowed to open again, hopefully in January 2022.
Ruth Memorial Nursery School in Kihiihi has suffered the same disruption. This meant that the 75 children who normally attend were no longer getting their daily porridge, milk, and pancakes. We therefore have sent money to buy maize four, rice and beans which was distributed to each family affected, including the teachers.
Our further education students have managed a little better, with some courses offered online. We provided them with reconditioned laptops and sufficient data, which has meant that some have been able to complete their degree/diploma/nursing courses.
We have also agreed to sponsor one more girl at Bwindi Nursing School and, as mentioned above, two girls at BBCU. If you are interested in hearing more about how you might be able offer support to these girls, then please do get in touch.
The vaccination programme in Uganda is moving on, with more vaccines expected in the next few months. Unfortunately, there is still a reluctance among many to be vaccinated. We understand that further education colleges may be allowed back for face-to-face teaching at the beginning of November and secondary schools are hoping that by January next year they will be given permission to resume teaching once again.
It is a very worrying time for the future of education in Uganda and girls’ education in particular. Many girls have succumbed to early marriages or pregnancy. We remain hopeful that with time life will return to some semblance of normality. When that be we can only imagine. The girls need their education!