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. 😊

A pig on a motorbike arrives at Good Luck Junior School!

The boar your donations bought was transported to the school on the back of Innocent’s motorbike with headteacher Ibrahim holding it across his knees! (No photo but I’m sure you can imagine the picture!) Looking at the video I think Mrs Pig has accepted Mr Pig, so let’s hope it won’t be too long before they produce a family of little piggies! Click on link to view video.

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Ibrahim the head teacher

WORK HAS STARTED!

Dear friends work has started on the building of the latrines and classrooms for Good Luck Junior School in Uganda 🇺🇬. As soon as I sent out the money you donated, (only 6 days ago!), Innocent, my project manager, started looking around for all the necessary materials. All would be sourced as locally as possible. No B&Q nearby!

Innocent hired a truck & driver and searched out wooden poles for the frames. Then, a tree for sale only 1km from the school, was sliced into suitable size timber for the classroom sides. The sand was from Lake Victoria, 30km from site and some from the swamps a bit nearer. Bricks for the latrines would have been made from clay mud dug, shaped and fired locally too, in the traditional way, providing a family with much needed income. Often the stones are broken up by children as young as five to earn money for food, medicine or school. In fact the young people we now support in school and uni used to do just that. One of my lasting memories is of Bosco sat on the ground outside his little home breaking stones to help his family. Bosco is now a nurse!

And yesterday Innocent messaged me with photos of the foundation for the pit latrines completed and left to dry before the concrete slab is laid in top. Your donations are certainly put to work without delay!

More news soon! Thank you 😊 again for your help.

The shirt Innocent is wearing used to be my husband Normans! I took it out last year and Innocent liked it so much he often wore it to church on Sundays!

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