End of Term 1 Celebrations

Each term it’s exciting for the children to have a chance to receive awards and recognition for their hard work during the term.

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We give award certificates to children from each class, not only for the top academically, but to encourage others–like the “Most Improved” or the “Most Punctual” etc. The small gifts of boxes of coloured pencils, books and such are very appreciated by the children of each class.

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Officials

Because we’re a Community-Serving school, our local officials have been a tremendous help to us, to the point of even being instrumental in recommending us to be able to get a bore-hole well. They took turns at presenting prizes and certificates to the children and some shared some words of encouragement and wisdom also.

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We were very happy with several groups singing and dancing inspiring songs. Then…what is an African celebration without lots of good food! 2 goats were included in this scrumptious meal complete with maize flour, rice, cassava and beans.

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Mr. Oyeta, the head of the Parents Association and Director Robin.

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Our Ceremony was held on the last day of Term 1 so the following day, all the pupils returned to their families for their Term 1 holidays. These motorcycle taxi (bodaboda) drivers are very experienced. Just as well considering the loads they carry daily.

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New Librarian!

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We are so excited that our new Librarian is so well educated and skilled. She is also very good with computer, so when we eventually get solar power  she’ll be able to competently help the children with research, watching video clips, movies and utilizing other programs.

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We had a wonderful donation of 2 million shillings worth of text books from  the SKAL Uganda team! This is a huge help to our pupils as it’s completely on the curriculum and having copies they can read in their study time and during class is going to be a major boost! Thank you SKAL!

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Running and Sports Preparation

Nation-wide we have Inter-school sports competitions this term. Our young people are actually particularly athletic and love volleyball and football throughout the year. This season though, they’ve been quite intensely practising running and relay practice.

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4 Brick Kilns

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We have built 9 classrooms, and admin block, almost 3 homes for children and many other structures–all from the bricks built on our own land. This is the normal technique throughout East Africa and the bricks provide excellent structural integrity.

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Our latest 4 kilns (shot as the sun is just rising at dawn). They fire for 4 days and nights then are kept sealed with the external mud packing to cool down for the rest of the week. Bricks come out fully fired and ready for building.

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Our Wonderful Staff at the School

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Our hard working staff of teachers is a key to the children feeling well-cared for. Most children have hardly even heard English when they join us, many have had extremely difficult lives so far, and most haven’t learnt even basics of life such as bathing, toilet care, sanitary living, not to mention kind interaction with others. It means the teachers’ jobs are more than doubled. We are so grateful for each one!

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We love the concept of Teamworking as each teacher brings very valuable elements to the table and each one has a range of talents and insights we appreciate and need.

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We have a large staff apart from the teachers, and above, our amazing Matrons Nancy and Filder care for the children closely every night. You can see these photos were taken during our annual dry season, when we build bricks and fix grass thatched roofing. It lasts for 2 months, then the rest of the time it’s rich and green.

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Teachers moving from classrooms as the bell rings for break and class change.

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Our Graduates Doing Well in Secondary School

For the last 4 years, we have been not only supporting the orphans and disadvantaged young people as they study at our elementary/primary school, but as they graduate, we have continued fully supporting quite a number who are very focused on going far academically and who have no other support options.
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Above our group studying at Restore Leadership High School–one of Gulu’s best. They each score excellent results year after year and we’re so proud of them!

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Some of our most recent graduates, (along with Director Michael and a couple teachers) headed off to their excellent secondary schools. They worked hard to achieve grades that could be accepted by these schools and we know they’ll continue to excel.

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Ik Tribe Students Joining Us Again

11 years ago, we were involved in a team which took hand-cranked tape recorders with Bible stories in the Ik language up to the extreme north east of Uganda. This tribe had never heard these stories in their own language. The Bible stories meant a great deal to them and we formed a bond that lasted and grew since then.

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At the request of the elders, we had 12 wonderful Ik pupils at our school last year. Because they did so well, other members of the different communities across the escarpment which borders Kenya requested if we could bring more Ik young people to study with us. They are delightful kids so we happily arranged to pick up a total of 20 we are now caring for and teaching.

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As the land cruisers we’d hired moved slowly down the mountain as we headed to our school, we had a very enthusiastic crowd cheering and singing.

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It’s a real privilege for us to work with this very disadvantaged and forgotten tribe, the Ik. Their young people are doing so well, we’re now sponsoring the first 4 in secondary school and the ones studying in our school (some of whom are pictured below) are excelling!

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Fantastic Gift of Brand New Text Books!

What a way to start 2016 off with a bang! Our dear friends at Let’s Go Travel donated most generously, 3 complete sets of Text books for each of our classes!

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These books are exactly what each class needs to help them understand every subject and point on the curriculum. It’s just wonderful!

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Last year the Let’s Go Travel team also sponsored our traveling P7 class to a beautiful meal when they were on their excursion to the capital! We are so grateful!

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Getting Ready for National Exams

In Uganda, we don’t have accumulated grading, with credit for work done throughout the year, so far, until the system updates, it all depends on one exam. This is most impactful for those finishing elementary (Primary) school. Their whole futures in secondary school depend on how they do on the one National exam. That exam this year will be on Monday or Tuesday, so thank you for your prayers for our kids to do well.

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We know each child has been giving it their best. We’re so proud of them, for their efforts, and their determination.

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Life Around the School

We’ve been really enjoying life at the school amidst the very serious studies going on with end of year exams coming really soon. Below–teachers challenge the students to a lively volleyball game. Both sides are actually really good.

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An enthusiastic group of watches loved the antics on the volleyball field!

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A group of girls headed to get their evening meal after a fulfilling day. Living together students develop a lot of warm friendships, which help a lot in the healing of the difficulties of their past.

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Every evening we have our generator light up all the classrooms from 7 till 10 for the oldest students. We’re hoping for solar power for our library soon. In the meantime, teacher Douglas is instructing one of the boys on how to replace the 4T and fuel.

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