News from Clare and Oliver following their visit in March 2018
Oliver and I have recently returned from a 12 day visit to Kanungu District in S W Uganda. These annual trips are a wonderful chance to catch up with the various projects that the Mary Wood Trust is involved with, as well as showing our ongoing commitment to the Diocese and to the people that we are trying to help.
The Lights for Life project was a great success and it was a pleasure to be able to hand out personal solar lights to all the teachers at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School, to the teachers at Ruth Memorial Nursery School, to some of the workers at Nyakatare Health Centre, to all the MWT Further Education students and graduates that we met up with and to many others whom we felt would benefit from this sustainable source of light. The hydro-electric power supply is intermittent and somewhat unreliable and so the solar lights allow for light at any time. We also left 4 integral lighting systems with the school and we hope that under the care of the Physics teacher, they will work well and benefit all the students. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed towards this.
NGSS is undergoing some changes at present, with a new head teacher recently appointed.
I met Molly Musinguzi the week before she took up her new position and feel sure that she
will work hard to make the school more cohesive and involve the local community more in the
It was great to see the students enjoying their Saturday afternoon football
(in their brightly coloured new strip) and we wish all the sports teams good luck as they start
participating in their various matches around the region.
The proposed new sewing room and male staff accommodation are now firmly on the plans for this year and we hope to bring good news of these very soon.
Our visit to Ruth Memorial Nursery School coincided with a very heavy downpour but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the children. They sang with gusto and tucked into the edible treats that we had taken- hard boiled eggs, biscuits, drinks and lollipops. The front of the nursery school is now secure with a fence to stop the children running in to the road. The new see saws and slide were proving very popular! The director, Ephraim Tumwesigye, continues to provide primary education for these needy children, with minimum income. It is good to be able to help where we can.
Nyakatare Health Centre and the Dental Clinic appear to be doing well. Peter, the dentist, is doing more outreaches, educating communities about oral health and prevention of dental caries. The new patient latrine and washing area is much appreciated and the water connection to the laboratory certainly makes a huge difference. The microscope that we provided some years ago needs some attention and possibly needs replacing.
Catching up with our various ex NGSS girls is always a pleasure and it is good to see a number of them studying at University, pursuing vocational courses, training to be midwives, being supportive wives, being educated mothers. This is surely what it is all about. Helping them to be able to be informed members of their communities, role models for their families and eventually being able to help others who need support, just as they have been helped.
It is a privilege to be part of their journey and we could not do this without your continued love and support. Thank you. Clare