We stayed in Gulu for a few days after the handover ceremony to relax, enjoy Ssubi’s accomplishments and meet under the shade of a beautiful 100 year old tree with the project engineers, school administration and sponsor children. The Ssubi team had some time to reflect on this year’s work plan and a few themes jumped out; this year was invaluable as a learning experience for the foundation on all levels and we have a vision for improving and strengthening our impact, and we fully appreciate the importance of building solid relationships and partnerships. The structures we left behind are more than bricks and morter, when we think of the effort from The Ssubi Foundation, Lela Obaro school, Gulu District Education Office, funding partners (Heritage Oil, Rick Theriault Memorial Fund, Crowfoot Village Honda, Big Rock Brewery and BacksideBetty.com), project engineers and workers, Parent Teachers Association and the Lela Obaro community we realize we have built a foundation of partners to inspire success.
The buildings are symbolic of a process, still ongoing, to further the educational opportunities of children in the community of Lelo Obaro.
They have a goal of becoming a model school in the District by achieving 5 first grades on the Grade 7 national exams.
Inside new library
Inside new library
Kids outside the library
Teachers quarters, with separate cook units, toilets and shower block.
The best 15 from Kampala- thank you.
We also had the opportunity to visit Opio George at Gulu High School, he is now in Senior 4 (grade 10) and doing well. He is a well spoken confident boy that we think has the determination to complete secondary. Last summer he helped his grandmother move back to her traditional land and built her a hut to live in, this year during school break he plans to go home and build himself a hut. We also had a surprise visit from Irene Ajok, she was one of our sponsor children that we supported through Primary 7 to secondary 1. However near the end of school, she met a man, dropped out of school (age 13) and now has a young child. Dusman and Madame Openy were very disappointed in her decision to leave school as they had spent a lot of time counseling her about the importance of school. When Irene saw us, she cried and was unable to speak for some time. Life is tough; she is a single mother trying to raise her young daughter. Sometimes we miss opportunities in life; hopefully this makes you stronger….
The ratio of girls moving onto secondary after Primary is 1 for every
2 boys. Less than half the students that start in primary 1 will graduate in Primary 7.
Opio, Phil and Dusman at Gulu High School
Philip with Irene and her new daughter.
We are now back in Kampala and are preparing to go to Kibale to see our friend Jules and solar lights for to light up the Discovery School. On the way back from Gulu we purchased something on the side of the road just so I could take pictures for Ken (Ssubi web programmer).
For Ken- really big mushrooms