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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EVEN BETTER NEWS!

Dear friends, as you read in my recent birthday post, after having a wonderful garden celebration with my family and friends, I was also thrilled to be able to declare my 70th birthday appeal to build latrines for Good Luck Junior School in Uganda, a 💯% success. The full £700 was raised!

Amazingly, donations continued to arrive in the days that followed and I am extremely excited to report that,

in fact, I have now received double what I was hoping for! I am so, so grateful to everyone who has been so kind and generous. THANK YOU 😊!

In practical terms this means that not only can we build the latrines, buy the boar for the lonely sow 🤣 and a few desks so the children have somewhere comfortable to sit to have their lessons, but also we are able to finance the building of another block of three classrooms like the one Poynton Rotary Club donated last year! I can hardly believe it and can’t wait to tell my project manager Innocent, so he can give the good news to the head teacher Ibrahim and the teachers, who have been trying to do their job in such difficult circumstances, and having more space for the children will make such a big difference.

Dear friends, it seems that every time I ask for assistance with a project in Uganda, enough of you come up with the money I need to finance it! You are WONDERFUL!

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This support just inspires me to go on doing what I’ve been doing for almost 20 years, giving people there a little bit of much needed help, enjoying my involvement and loving my annual visits!Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get back to Uganda!

I’ll be back soon to give you a progress report!🤗

(To those of you who are new to my involvement in Uganda I want to mention that my trips to Uganda are completely self-financed. Every penny you donate goes to the projects.)

A few photos from my 70th birthday. A day of fun and wonderful surprises. I feel so lucky!

I’ve not learnt how to add the captions underneath the photos, sorry!!

A family meal at the Farmers – Nicola & Sara had got the day off work so a wonderful surprise. I had an interesting walk home with my enormous balloons!

I had lots lovely gifts.

I love pigs! I requested a real one for my birthday but I will just have to chat to this one!! 🤣

More special visitors, my Ugandan friend Moureen and her lovely family. Jeremy ‘ helped’ me with my turn at Scrabble!! He also delighted in seeing the cake, he loves cake!!

Sara made my birthday cake and what a beautiful cake it was! A lemon drizzle with a lot of special ingredients. It was delicious 😋!

A special warm and windproof changing robe. An ideal gift for the start of my ‘wild swimming’ season next month! No more hyperthermia!!

Ok, 70 yesterday but back to 69 today to look forward to my 70th next year when you can all come to my party, hopefully!!

We did it!!! Good Luck Junior School is getting the latrines!

After 14+ hours of family fun and surprises under the beautiful April sunshine I have some Wonderful! Fantastic! Amazing news to complete my 70th birthday celebrations! WE HAVE MADE IT!!!You have helped me raise £700 to build replacement latrines for Good Luck Junior School in Uganda 🇺🇬! Thank you, thank you, thank you! There are a few more donations due so hopefully I will also be able to buy the boar 🐗 for the lonely sow 🐖 so the school can start producing piglets to sell and raise much needed cash, and even buy a few desks for the new classrooms, built last year with the help of Poynton Rotary Club. I’m so looking forward to telling my friend and Project Manager Innocent, so he can pass on the good news and then get the building work started.

Thanks again for your support. I could never do what I do without your help.

One of my special birthday gifts was a presentation put together by our daughter Sara, of video messages she had got from some of my Ugandan friends including one of Good Luck Junior singing happy birthday who are going to be so pleased and grateful for your gift!

Love to you all 🤗