Good news! We’re well over half way there!

Dear friends my Sponsor A Desk appeal has raised funds for 30 of the 42 desks plus the six blackboards needed to furnish the six new classrooms at Good Luck Junior School in Uganda. I’ve not mentioned the blackboards previously but a donation of £10 is needed for each please. The few blackboard the school has always are not in a good condition.

Thank you so much to those of you who donated money for desks either as a straight donation or by giving me the pleasure of looking after your dogs, cats, houses and plants! Four children will be sitting comfortably at each desk when they return to school after Uganda’s latest lockdown. What a wonderful surprise that will be for them!

Once I sent your donations out to Innocent he searched out a suitable tree then had it chopped down, taken to the sawmill where it was prepared into timber for making the desks. A few of the desks were made at the workshop then it was decided it would be more cost effective to have the remainder taken to the school where John the carpenter guided Nico on how to build the desks. (You can read the story of how we are helping deaf and uneducated Nico in the previous post). And as you see by the photos below, it’s all happened, very swiftly!

We are still short of donations for the last 12 desks (£20 each) and a blackboard for each of the six classrooms (£10). If you would like to donate towards a desk or blackboard, please get in touch.

Don’t forget you can dedicate your desk as an alternative gift for someone’s birthday, anniversary or Christmas, or have your favourite saying painted on it as long as it’s short and appropriate. Ideas so far have been Education Matters, Keep on going, Shine like a star,

Every expert was once a beginner. Kindness is power.

The children at Good Luck Junior School will certainly enjoy reading them!

Thank you once again for your amazing interest and support over the years. I do, so appreciate all the help for my projects in Uganda 🇺🇬. Hope to hear from you again soon.

Gerry X

Thanks to Innocent for working tirelessly for my projects in Uganda including sending updates , photos and videos. 😊

Nico and John at the sawmill watching the tree being cut into timber for the desks
These desks were made at John’s workshop in Kamuli town then transported to the school but the remainder were made in one of the new classrooms at Good Luck JS.
Nico is working on the left of the picture
He has learnt so many skills since we started sponsoring him. I do hope it helps him find employment
Nico certainly worked very hard building and now staining the desks. Just your dedications or sayings needed to go on these desks now. Thanks again x

Desks needed for Good Luck Junior School and the story of Nico, the uneducated deaf teenager who is going to help make them!

For several years Nico, who is profoundly deaf, collected my water from the borehole, and always seemed to be around when I needed anything, even helping me put on my sandals! He often sat nearby when I was preparing for school and took a real interest in my books and other educational materials, loving to play dominoes whenever the chance arose! Early last year during my visit to Uganda just before Covid hit, I found out he had had very little education as the local schools couldn’t cope with his disability and schools for the deaf are very few in Uganda and he would have needed sponsorship from a charity or parents who could afford the fees. Nico’s family are very poor.
Nico is too old for school now, but with the help of a teacher for the deaf interpreting, last January during my annual visit to Uganda, Innocent and I found out he would like to be a carpenter. So for the last 18 months he has been under the instruction of John, a carpenter in the local town, who has taught him the basic skills of carpentry. He has been living with the teacher for the deaf who has helped him with his communication skills and other skills he will need in a working environment.
With help from kind sponsors we have provided the money for accommodation, food and clothes. Also paid wages to the teacher and carpenter, and bought wood and tools. Several items have been made including beds, a table and a chair. John has now agreed to help Nico make desks for the school once I raise the money for them. So that’s where you come in, I hope!

The school needs 42 desks, 7 for each of the 6 classrooms. They are a combination of a bench and table, which will seat four children.
I am asking for a donation of £20 for each desk. If you wish you can have your name or that of a friend painted on your desk for the children to know who gave it to them. Or the desk can be used as an alternative gift to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, and of course it’s not long until Christmas! You will receive a photo of your desk either to enjoy yourself or pass on as your gift. Another idea is to have your favourite saying painted on as long as it’s appropriate and only short.

The news from Uganda is that schools are still closed because of lockdown so getting desks in the classrooms will be a wonderful surprise for the children’s return when that happens giving them a comfortable seat for their lessons. So please sponsor a desk to go in the new classrooms that many of you helped build.
Please contact me for ways to make your desk donation and if you would like your desk dedicated to someone.
Thank you once again for your support. 🤗

Nico, he could collect three heavy jerrycans of water when he borrowed Innocent’s bike.
Nico at work
Nico beside singer of the beds he helped to make
Two of them many desks we provided Braintrust Primary School with in 2018.

Good news!

Dear friends

Great news! The shortfall for the latrines and classrooms for Good Luck Junior School in Uganda has been met! I am so grateful to all those who helped to achieve this from several very kind individuals, donations from the wonderful owners of the dogs I look after and only last week an amazing donation from the children at Marton & District C E Aided Primary School in Macclesfield. I can’t thank them all enough!

Uganda is still in lockdown so the children have been off school since before the building work commenced but hopefully by the end of the month they will be using the classrooms and of course the latrines!

At the launch of my 70th birthday appeal in March, and the amazing response to it I was hoping to finish each of the classrooms with 7 four-seater desks and a blackboard. Unfortunately with the increased costs this was not possible so

I am making plans to launch a

Sponsor A Desk Appeal!

More details about this soon!

Thank you all again for your interest and support. X

Lower Park School donated these desks to Braintrust Primary in 2018
Sheila donated this desk and gave the children mosquito nets too. Thanks 😊 Sheila

Quick work at GLJS!

Dear friends the building of the classrooms and latrines at Good Luck Juniors is progressing very fast now. The only problem has been the cost of some of the materials as during Covid, and it coming up to the new financial year following the recent Ugandan elections, all prices have risen, including building materials. For instance the iron roof sheets are 5000 Ugandan Shillings per sheet more expensive than a year ago. 64 sheets are needed, 17 for the latrines and 47 for the classrooms. At an exchange rate of 4700 Ugx to the pound, 320,000 Ugx came to an additional £68. I wasn’t surprised at the increased cost as even basic food stuffs in Uganda have risen a lot during the pandemic making it very difficult for many Ugandan families who don’t get any help from their government, ever! According to my Ugandan friends many have gone hungry.

Innocent travelled around to seek out the prices but when he considered the increased transport cost he decided sticking local was the best bet.

Fortunately it hasn’t held up progress. As the foundation of the latrines was left to dry the construction of the three classroom block began with the poles being knocked into the ground. These will support the timber walls and the corrugated metal roof. Then the men continued with the latrines. The latest news from Innocent showed the brick walls going up around the latrines and the roof and the wooden walls of the classrooms starting.

I’m always amazed at the speed of progress but there has to be someone keeping an eye on the workers as it is well known that they take it a bit too easy given the chance! 🤣Thank goodness for Innocent who does such a good job as my project manager!

Thanks for helping me help this village school in Uganda. Your amazing support is what makes these things happen!

I will be in touch again soon. 😊