Great news, a baby for Christmas!

Welcome to this world Geraldine Ann Nantale!

‘Thanks be to God for he has given us a baby girl’ – I received this happy message on Monday 20th December from my friend who is also the wonderful man who helps me with my projects in Uganda. Congratulations to Innocent and Betty!

And then today –

‘Hello mum G, I have named my daughter. GERALDINE ANN NANTALE I will always remember the love you have shown me. Thank you for that love.’

When I received this message this morning I felt a mixture of love and pride, and was quite emotional. Only wish I was in Uganda!

Happy Christmas to you all!

(Nantale is the clan surname for all girls)

Don’t the desks look wonderful!

Don’t they look great? The desks and blackboards are complete and have been delivered to the school awaiting the opening of the new school year at the beginning of February. I bet the children can’t wait to come back, they love school and will have had no education in two years because of Covid. Thanks for providing them with six new classrooms, 8 new latrines and all the lovely desks and blackboards. You’re amazing! I hope you enjoy all the photos and videos. I’ll be sending photos of the individual desks to those of you who sponsored them.

Innocent will return to the school next year to bring us an update when the school reopens and the school becomes a busy happy place once again. Wish I could be there!! X

The children will live reading these sayings. Other desks had the names of those who donated them or if someone they were dedicated too.
The old blackboards were few, small and very worn out. They had to be shared amongst the classes!

Each of the six classrooms have a big new blackboard hung up so it won’t get damaged like the old ones that were moved from class to class

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!

Happy Anniversary to my family, 20 years since Kilimanjaro!

HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY to my wonderful family Norman, Nicola and Sara. 20 years ago today we reached the summit of Kilimanjaro 🇹🇿 in celebration of my 50th birthday! This experience is what led me to return to Africa and my wonderful life in and love for Uganda 🇺🇬 Many of you have been ‘with me’ on my adventures and I’ve really loved that too! 😊

My family on the summit. I’m holding the flag that Vernon Infant School gave me to plant at the top. Vernon and the head teacher the late Mrs Dee Cooper, was responsible for my African adventure extending to Uganda!
I’ve shared my story and knowledge of Kilimanjaro with the schools I’ve taught in in Uganda 🇺🇬. The children have really enjoyed learning about Africa’s highest mountain!
And the work they’ve produced has been amazing too. Hoping and praying I get back to Uganda again soon!