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. 😊