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Saturday, 7 December 2019

2019 Visit to Uganda and The Music of Love

The launch of the Christmas Song "The Music of Love" has now raised £838 for the charity and was played on air to over 6 million listeners of Radio Wa who broadcast from Lira Uganda. A great achievement. (£697 came from the launch event in Marple)

Trustees Peter, Richard Joanna and Helen have just returned from visiting most of our schools in Uganda and meeting 29 of our scholarship students.

We started in Jinja with Sebastian and Fred and visited the Madhvani Kakira Sugar factory. We hope to get their help with our new school for deaf children.

Victoria Fred and Sebastian

The factory was most impressive employing 15,000 people, running a hospital and several schools for employee's children and also generating enough energy as a byproduct of the sugar process to power the whole of Kampala. This company really is tacking global warming in a very positive manner.

Then on to meet the architect and builders who will construct St Francis de Sales starting in January 2020.

 Then to meet the parents of children who are deaf or have other disabilities.

And a visit to the site for the new school which is very attractive with great views of the nearby hills.

A long journey with our great driver, Fred, and a lovey welcome at St Zoes Primary and Secondary Schools. After a dip in performance things are really improving and the team are adding new facilities and gave built a new dormitory.

Next stop was Fort Portal for the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Good Shepherd. Great music and dancing and lots of speeches. An inspirational day!  We met the team and discussed a big sustainability project which impressed us all. We gave the go ahead message to buy 5 acres of land. More about this on a later blog.

Dancing at Good Shepherd

Then a long drive and a couple of R and R days in the Murchison Safari Park. Really worth a visit.

And then to Lira but partly along what will be a great new road being built by Chinese contractors. The school team are great and have plans to increase the intake in February next year when the school year begins..

A live goat on a motor cycle

Lira town 
Some of the Lira Womens group
Teachers at the Asili Girls School

The visit was a great boost for everyone. Meeting students who are now employed Civil Engineers but were in Primary 1 when we first met them, students who have real aspirations to become nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers was another testament to the importance of education.

(This visit was not paid for out of your donations.)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It was such a rewarding time when the HUGS Trustees visited Jinja.
We are extremely graceful for this for the amazing journey HUGS has traveled with Jinja Organization of Parents with Deaf Children.