Hi all! This is Judy and welcome to What’s Happening. Here is where we keep you up to date.
We have lofty goals for the 2019 year. I, and one volunteer, Richard Dunn, are headed to the Nabembezi Primary School in Mityana Town, Uganda at the end of May 2019. The following items are a partial list of the things we hope to accomplish while there. I will be there for five weeks, while Richard will be there for four weeks.
- Teaching: I will be teaching both bible and English classes.
- Sewing: We will work to initiate a sewing class. This class is not only for the children but for some of the adult women as well. By also teaching adults the skills necessary to make clothes, we develop skills that can be passed down to the younger generations. We will be purchasing 6 used sewing machines. These machines will be unique in that they are run by either electricity, or by treadle if the electricity is out.
- Agriculture: We are starting an agriculture class to teach the children how to grow their own food.Currently, the school children get only two meals a day and those meals consist of beans….. and more beans…. plus a white flour mix that staves off feelings of hunger. While the meals are meager, this is much more than children at public schools get to eat. They get NOTHING! Volunteers Richard and Patty are avid gardeners and are sending many varieties of both vegetable and flower seeds with Richard for this trip. The head of the school, Daniel, has already had a garden plot, about ¾ of an acre, tilled and made ready for planting.
- Art: As you are probably aware, not everyone has an aptitude for computers. Many times, people have other skills that someone may excel at. We are also starting an art class and hope to hire an art teacher while there. We have oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, charcoals and pastels, table top easels, art books, brushes, and colored pencils. We hope to determine which children have artistic skills and work with those children to further their skills.
- Poultry: Daniel, the headmaster of the Nabembezi Primary School, is building a facility where some students can be taught poultry farming. Did you know that the school makes it’s own bricks? That’s right! They make and fire their own bricks for their buildings.
- Textiles: That leads us to the next goal. We are starting textiles classes as an additional skill for a child to learn.
- Projector: We will be making two purchases while there. One will be a projector. This will be used in several different ways. One, the computer instructor has learning DVDs for Windows 10 and Office 2016 but since English is the children’s second language, it is difficult for them to understand an English-speaking instructor, who may at times, speak somewhat quickly. Now the computer class instructor can project the lessons onto the wall, pause the DVD being shown, and explain the lesson in easy to understand terms.
- Copier: Our other purchase will be either a rental or a purchase of a used high-speed copier. We won’t know which until we get prices for each. There are 414 children at the Nabembezi Primary School. Of those, approximately 90 and live on site, and many of those are orphans. Can you imagine the volume of paperwork required to provide printed homework assignments for 400+ children each day? The current copier is in serious need of replacement and cannot print fast enough for the teachers to be able to give homework each day.
- Water Filtration: Every adult and child anywhere near the Nabembezi Primary School must boil water before drinking it. Contaminated water leads to serious sickness and disease. During this year’s visit we hope to design and plan for a future clean water filtration project which we hope to implement either during the following year or while we are there next year.
We think you will agree that this is an ambitious schedule considering that Richard will be there for only 3 weeks and Judy will be there for only 6 weeks.
Follow our progress daily while we are there. Simply come back to the web site and click on the What’s Happening heading and look for daily updates starting about June 2nd, 2018.