The Ssubi Foundations Annual Fundraiser will be held at Hotel Arts on Thursday, June 5th 2014. Please join us in a celebration of play, where we highlight the Foundations efforts to support play at primary schools in Uganda. More information coming soon.
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The Rwot Rubanga Lakica Women’s Group (RRLWG) recently provided us with an update of the Ssubi funded training program they are facilitating. To date RRLWG has trained six womens groups through our initiative, including sessions on village savings and loans concepts, guiding rules and regulations for group governance, registration process, record keeping and group vision. The Ssubi Foundation would like to continue to support the training program over the next year, including return visits to document success, changes and additional training needs.
The Ssubi Foundation would like to thank Tanya Eklund for her continued support. Tanya has been a long time friend to the Foundation and has played an active role in our success.
We are thrilled to announce that one of the sponsor children we support, Beatrice, who has been with us since P3 (Grade 3), recently graduated from primary 7 in Gulu with a 1st grade in national exams. Last week she joined Winnie in Kampala at secondary school. We are very proud of Beatrice and appreciate her hard work and effort.
The playgrounds are still experiencing a high level of use, this week Joni and Evelyn visited Lela Obaro Primary School to check on the playgrounds. They found the swings out of order, the seats were no longer useable, having come apart from the chain. A local solution was quickly developed, they used parts from a truck chassis to create a really strong metal seat (see pictures). This seems to work like a charm and the kids are happy to be on the swings again.
Teddie Primary school was recently visited by Save the Children whom have agreed to pay salaries for seven of the community teachers. A big success for the school as the parents struggle to keep all the community teachers going. The parents will continue to pay for two community teachers at the school. Since the new infrastructure was built by The Ssubi Foundation school enrollment has increased and stable teaching staff is essential for the school to be effective. In the longer term, The Government of Uganda is working on coding Teddie as a government primary school where by paid teachers would be assigned to the school. The community has requested this action and has signed the land over to the government so it always remains a school and to show their commitment to education in the region.
Dusman, Evelyn and Joni recently visited the playground to check up on maintenance. They report that the palenga playground continues to receive high use up until midnight and including use by adults. The swings are a favorite. With heavy use comes the need for regular maintenance. At Palenga all the bolts were tightened, missing ones replaced and all the bolts were welded into place as some of them had been stolen. It seems some of the bolts fit the oxen plough system perfectly and well growing food trumps play:) In addition extra chains were added to the swinging bridge to increase support. There has been talk of fencing the playground off, but this really goes against the idea of building it for the community. Alternatively we might have to hire a night watch man to keep the playground off limits at night and to reduce theft.