WOW, WOW, WOW we’ve done it!!! We have raised enough to complete the latrines at St James! What an enormous relief (in more ways than one!), and so amazing!
I wrote in my last newsletter that I had been invited into Lower Park School here in Poynton to take part in their Harvest Festival and to supervise a coin trail around the corridors in aid of their friends in Uganda, which was sure to help towards the latrines. Well today was the day. The Harvest Festival was led by Key Stage 2 children and was centred round what harvests mean in different places around the world. They sang wonderful harvest songs which I was happy to join in with and after I gave a short talk about St James and the way the children harvest rice up to their waist in paddy fields, we finished with the Jambo, of course! At the end of the Harvest Festival I was presented with several lots of money from different groups of children or individual families so I was feeling very grateful even before we started the coin trail!
The children were so excited placing their offerings along the corridors which stretched the full length of the school and back again! Tonight I had a message from Mrs Gallagher the teacher in charge of the event and she gave me the amazing news that the school had collected a total of £530 which along with other donations that have come in since I wrote to you last has taken us above what we need to finish building the latrines. This is such a relief and means while I’m out in Uganda they will be completed which will allow the children to return to school in February the beginning of the next school year. Absolutely wonderful!
So I should find out what the Schools Management Committee mean about me ‘commissioning’ the latrines!!
I want to thank every one of you for your help! Any surplus money will be put towards completing Joy Clinic which has been put on hold while we replaced the latrines. You cannot run a clinic without facilities being available for the patients.
I’m almost packed and will be leaving Poynton at 3 am on Thursday for my flight out to Uganda. I cant wait to tell them the good news and to see the money put into action.
I will be keeping in touch while I am away via the website so do send me messages as I do appreciate them!
Asante sana from all the children at St James to all their friends here in the UK. Love to you all.