Children celebrate their new school hall and community church!

What a difference! The children and teachers at Brain Trust Primary and Secondary School had a lovely surprise when they returned to school at the beginning of their new school year at the start of this month, February. They not only have new latrines but also their school hall which doubles as a community church has a strong new roof supported by concrete posts, a big improvement from the bits of sacking attached to unstable tree ‘poles’! I want to thank Trust Greenbelt, the charitable giving side of the music festival held at Boughton House each August Bank Holiday weekend, once again for financing both the latrines and the hall roof. Both have added a lot of relief and pleasure for all members of the school. I look forward to sitting in comfort while teaching under the new hall roof instead of chasing the shade or shelter around as I had to do during my last visit in October 2017! These simple improvements also better the status of the school within the area and encourage teachers to come to work there.                       Thanks must also go to my young friend Innocent Kayondo who has organise all the work and seen it through to its conclusion. Innocent is now looking at the cost of simple hand washing facilities which are so important.

The recent changes at Brian Trust in photos x 2. Firstly the latrines, then the hall roof: Please click on first photo of each set to move through slideshow and to see captions.






Moses the elderly man who was found living alone in a terrible condition, has now been moved to temporary accommodation awaiting his new home. The bricks from his old home have been transferred to a new site near his brother Asenge who will help rebuild the walls and will also care for Moses from now on. The family and community he was living near when we first met him refused to help him as they thought he was mad! If you remember he had been robbed and beaten and left physically and mentally disabled, he is not mad! Unfortunately lack of education in many rural areas in Uganda leads to much misunderstanding and suspicion of ‘evil spirits’. (Please take a look at the previous posts from 20/12/17 (x2) & 9/1/18 to see the story of Moses)

Thanks to those of you who have already contributed to helping Moses. I have received £120 so far of the £150 needed to rebuild the walls of his his home and put on a new roof as his original one was full of holes! It would be wonderful if you could make a small donation towards this new home for Moses please.  We need to buy 10 corrugated iron sheets for the roof @ 26,000 Ugandan Shillings each (£5); 30 ‘roof timbers’ at 12,000 Ugx (£2.50); as well as nails. cement, etc. Do get in touch if you can help.

Hopefully we can eventually raise a little more cash to cover the mud floor with concrete and plaster the walls. My friend Godfrey has told me that Moses was ‘all smiles’ when he realised what was happening. These recent photos of him certainly show him looking much happier!

Moses update – can we do this?

Dear friends firstly I want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Do you remember me telling you the story of Moses the elderly disabled man who was discovered living in a terrible state when my friends in Uganda were delivering mosquito nets before Christmas?

Amasa when he first met Moses while delivering mosquito net.

Well on the 22nd January the walls of his old dwelling are being transferred to a plot near relatives where he will be cared for at last after the terrible time he has endured in recent years. BUT I need to raise money for the work and for the materials needed. I have donated £40 from not sending Christmas cards and sending my greetings online instead this year, but would be very grateful for your help please.

For example we need to buy 10 corrugated iron sheets for the roof @ 26,000 each (£5); 30 ‘roof timbers’ at 12,000 (£2.50); as well as nails. cement, etc. If you can help me to give this dear old man a roof over his head then please get in touch with me for how to donate. I will make a point of visiting Moses when I go out to Uganda in July but in the mean time would love to make him more comfortable.

FYI Please scroll down and read the initial blogs about Moses along with the photos. I look forward to your response. X

Thank you TrustGreenbelt for New Latrines for Brain Trust Nursery and Primary School

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2018 is a good year for you and your family. The children and teachers at Brain Trust Nursery & Primary School in Nawanyago are going to have a wonderful surprise when they return to school at the start of the Uganda school year in February as they will have new latrines and a new roof for the school hall which doubles as a community church. I owe a massive thank you to Trust Greenbelt who have awarded a grant for the work.

As soon as I let Innocent, my young friend and ‘project manager’ know the good news about the grant, he got to work organising the building work . The first job was to repair the present latrines and urinals that were in a terrible state, if you remember me mentioning in a blog when I was in Uganda, and as you can see by the photos!

Second was to do a completely new build to provide the girls and female staff with their first ever latrines! Both are now complete and ready for the children returning to school early February. Enjoy the photos and also the short You Tube video

Innocent has now started arranging for the school hall that doubles up as a church for the local community to have a new roof. Watch this space!!

The story of Moses. Very sad but hopefully a happier ending!

From Godfrey: ‘About Moses, we got to hear from him that he met his problem when one day in 1996 as he was coming home from a nearby trading center to buy some food items and other things for home use, some thugs grabbed him and beat him up taking all his shopping and some money, about 30,000 (£50p) he had left from the shopping. The beating was so brutal that he could not walk back home; he with a lot of difficulty crawled home as there was not even a soul to offer help. His limbs had been severely battered that he ended up paralyzed for a long time. He was helpless and for long has been unable to help himself to the toilet. He needed the support of family members who after some time couldn’t probably stand that challenge and so abandoned him in his late father’s house. Unfortunately though, the house he now lives in is on the land that was given to one of his brothers as an inheritance after the death of their father. This then makes it tricky for us to put up a new roof on property that is not his. We were informed by one of his brothers that Moses owns a piece of land as share of the inheritence from his late father and there he could have his own permanet home.  As we we shared our intention and wish to support Moses, the brother Mr Asenge Charles said it would be possible to demolish the current house and make use of the bricks to build another house at Moses’ own land. I challenged him to the task to put up the new walls and we would put the roof. He agreed and a timeline was set. He said by the end of January he would have organised that since he also felt Moses needed to be nearest where he could get easy assistance from his family than when he is by himself in the thicket of the sugar cane plantation. A simple calculation for the roof requirement of a basic shelter over Moses is 10 iron sheets that cost 26,000 ugx  each, roofing timber  20 pieces each at 15,000 ugx  and 10 kilograms of nails at 4,500 ugx each. Labour charges will be negotiated once I get the right carpenter. We will go to see the land and also monitor progress on Mr Asenge’s promise to raise the walls. In a further conversation we were told that Moses was an exellent tailor but because of the trauma that he experienced on the fateful day he can longer do anything to earn a living, he depends on the generosity of some family members and well wishers to live on. He had 2 children but one of them  (girl) passed on. She was the greatest support to her father while she lived but second (boy) doesnt really care. He stays in the capital and never comes home because he had demanded to have Moses’ land and he was not given. He hated his father since then. Briefly that is about Moses. Our resolve to support him shall not be hampered by any negative story told, Amasa and I will follow up on the matter and see that a smile is kept on his face.’

So dear friends do you think we could rise to this challenge and provide the funds for Moses to live in relative comfort? You’ve all given so much already through your mosquito net donations,  but if you can donate just a little more to see that Moses has a roof over his head in a place where he can be looked after this would be so so wonderful and would be a great way to round off this year. The cost is 605,000 Uganda Shillings which at todays exchange rate would be £132 plus maybe another £20 for labour expenses. My hubby and friends must have spent half that on a meal yesterday which really puts things in to perspective! I’m determined to share my Christmas spirit with Moses! Please get in touch if you would like to do this too. THANK YOU!

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