Brilliant news!

The remaining desks are well on their way to being completed.
This week Nico has been working with carpenters near where he lives in Nawanyago rather than in the big town of Kamuli where he had been having his carpentry training. Innocent and I are hoping that as people in his local community see that although Nico is deaf and non-speaking, he is a lot more capable than just for collecting water from the borehole. Though it is a very difficult time for everyone in Uganda at the moment with the Covid restrictions so limiting and jobs of any kind are few and far between. In fact many families are going hungry, in fact Innocent tells me that Nico’s family only has one meal a day, and that will be very basic. I’ve asked Innocent to pay Nico for his work, his first ever real wages. I also asked Innocent to spend 50,000 Ugandan Shillings (approx £10) to buy some staple food for Nico’s family of nine. This bought 10kg of rice, and 15kg of posho which is ground maize that they steam in banana fronds over a charcoal stove. Hopefully this will help feed the family for a few weeks.

Once the desks are completed they will be transported to the school and be labelled. As you see by the photos Innocent has now got the blackboards made and Nico is busy helping to put two coats of black paint on them. Rather different from the interactive whiteboards every classrooms in the UK have! I wonder what the children in Uganda would think or them!

Thanks for all your amazing support. The children are going to be very happy once the Ugandan government give permission for the schools to open once again, hopefully at the beginning of February, the start of their school year.

Nico helping make the desks. They have set up workshop in Innocent’s bar, Wallet Pup, which has been closed since lockdown started in March 2020! This was Innocent’s main form of income.

Love the goat 🐐! Love the sounds, the atmosphere of Uganda. This trading centre is not far from Innocent’s home where I live when I’m in Uganda.

Once they get the opportunity to earn some money to feed their families, the work is soon completed!

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