A special thanks to Pamela, Joanne and Consy for volunteering their time to help The Ssubi Foundation out this year. They have helped with translation, running errands around Gulu and helping to organize the sports day. Here we are playing around on the computer before visiting the schools in the field.
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We would like to thank team Boardwalk and team Village Honda for their hard work on site. The workers look forward to the day we hand out t-shirts and ball caps from our generous supporters – I would be worried if we forgot them one year:) I think this is our best building ever, as we continue to learn how to improve the structures. Many of the people helping us with the build have been with us for many years, including the eight women hired to help cook and build! They know next year is our 10 year anniversary, that is how long many of the workers have been with us.
Alec from Canada has joined us on site after a European tour. He is helping the workers at Teddie Primary School and has been named the Excavator by Mtogo, the comedian on site – “thank you Philip for bringing us an excavator to help move dirt around. Now when are you bringing Ian back!” Ian Hagerman has visited Uganda a few times and the regulars who help us build are missing him this year.
Isaac, his mother and The Ssubi Foundation visited Issac’s new school – Ocer Champion Secondary School in Gulu this week. The school is relatively new and received high praise for it’s results in S4 national exams – they were first in northern Uganda. We were impressed with the environment and the schools focus on developing well rounded students with a focus on community and giving back. We thank the District Education Officer of Gulu for helping us connect Isaac with the school and ensuring a smooth administration process. Isaac’s mother says nothing is more important than her sons future and she is so proud of him, as he has reached the highest level of education in all their family. They look up to him. is this a feel good story or what!
I can not get over the state of Gulu highway – for the last seven years they have been fixing portions of this road and yet it seems to get worse every year – it is the same distance as from Edmonton to Calgary which takes 3 hours – but here it takes you 6.5 to 7 hours. In the photo we are moved way over so a large container truck can pass up the middle where there is a better line for moving. They use humps of dirt to slow traffic down where construction is taking place – very effective but there are so many of them it is completely annoying!
So this year we have three schools involved in the Sports day. This Friday Lela Obaro and Palenga play each other in netball and football. The winners of each match will be transported to Teddie Primary School in Amuru District (2 hours away) to play against Teddie teams. All three schools are preparing – Lela Obaro even hosted a friendly match with a new by primary school where they won both matches. There is alot of trash talk going on – ok truth be told – it is Uganda so it is all very polite – but each school really really wants to win! Stay tunned. Each school received sports equipment to help with training.
Today head teacher Wilfred from Lela Obaro introduced us to Issac newton, a student who received a first grade in P7 national exams! He was accepted into one of the best secondary schools in Gulu, but the sim sim bags he and his mother had grown to sell to pay his school fees were burnt in a fire. He therefore did not go to school and has missed the first two terms for senior one. Lela Obaro teaching staff were distressed about Issac missing out on further schooling and asked The Ssubi Foundation to step in. Tomorrow we are taking Issac and his mother to visit two secondary schools in Gulu to determine where he will be going to school with support from The Ssubi Foundation! In photo is Wilfred, Issac Newton, his mother and Philipo.