If you can possibly believe it the playgrounds needed maintenance again! Johny was in Gulu this week to find the tires and make sure they were put back up. He also gathered some welders to come and enforce the slides and address other weakened joints. Honestly this must be the most busy playground in the world!
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The RRLWG Women’s group, supported by The Ssubi Foundation, has been training other groups in the area on savings and micro-loaning programs. They are currently training 12 new groups. This is a huge success and we are so proud of the amazing sense of pride this brings to the Ugandan’s participating! In UG the name chosen for groups and children is an indicator of social well being, here a few of the chosen names of the groups:
1. ACHOLI PEYWER KI CAN ( Acholi’s have not rested from poverty)
2. NENA NYIM BUSINESS COMMUNITY GROUP (Have a vision for the future)
3. PIT TEK SAVINGS AND FARMERS GROUP-(It’s difficult to be a responsible Adult)
4. TOOROM SAVINGS GROUP-(Death is the same no matter how it comes )
Dusman was recently in Gulu, where he attended a parents meeting at Lela Obaro Primary School, which was organized by the head teacher to discuss how to improve students academic performance and maintenance of the school structures. In addition, Dusman discussed with the parents the new training program for teachers supported by The Ssubi Foundation on to provide teachers with the skills to help council children having problems and to identify students at high risk of dropping out of school.
St. Stephens Primary School already has 51 students registered for the start of term. The teaching staff have been hired and are starting a 10 day training course today. Training will take place at the new St. Stephens School and will help outline expectations of the new school board and review teaching best practices. Samuel Lukasi is the trainer, he is the education officer of St. Stephens and head teacher of a well known primary school in Kampala. Samuel has been extremely helpful in the instigation of St. Stephens Primary School.
Dusman was just in Gulu to check out and repair some damage to one of the playground walls after a truck drove into it. Eeeeck. The playground continue to be popular and maintenance is constant:) Check out the wear on the hook where the tires swing from, and the repair job to ensure kids can keep on swinging. The foundation just hired Deo Okelle to visit and maintain the playgrounds three times a week, to help the schools keep on top of playground care.
My kind of meeting- sharing cake. Philip and Dusman sit with the Rwot Rabanga Lakica Womens Group (RRLWG) in Gulu to celebrate the success of the training program. The foundation handed over our annual contribution to the RRLWG to keep the training program going in 2015. Do any of you recognize Madame Openy – she is a big part of why Ssubi started working in Northern Uganda and is one of the founders of the RRLWG.
We recently visited Teddie Primary School in Amuru District Northern, Uganda. This school is special to Silverado Oil Tools as Jordan and Hollie helped us built it:) It was tough getting there as the regular road is out. But we made it and were thrilled to see the clean conditions at the school and efforts of the teaching staff. They are keen for a few more classrooms in the future. Oh and we passed along the donated Saucony shoes to PE teachers.