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Archive for July, 2010

Announcement

Friday, July 30th, 2010

You are all invited to a football match Friday, August 6th at 2:00 between Palenga Primary School (hosts) and Lela Obaro Primary School (visitors). Jersey, shorts, soccer balls and medals were donated by players from the Tuscany Soccer Association coordinated by Lori Gaffney.  Thank you. Everyone is very excited about the impending match, most of all the students.

Palenga Primary School receiving their soccer gear for the impending match

Palenga Primary School receiving their soccer gear for the impending match

Lela Obaro Primary School receiving their soccer gear for the impending match.

Lela Obaro Primary School receiving their soccer gear for the impending match.

Grains of sand in an ocean

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Today we had a chat with a Brigadier General in the Ugandan Military at the hotel we are staying in. He was impressed with Ssubi but noted we are a few grains of sand in an ocean and we need to find a way to pool resources and become the ocean.  Only then will we see success on the scale necessary to make change. This is in so many ways correct, but I was reminded of a story my friend James once told me about a man walking down the beach and throwing stranded starfish back into the sea. A man approached him and asked why are you bothering there are so many stranded starfish what difference will you make. The man throwing the starfish back into the sea turned and said; well it makes a hell of a difference to this one doesn’t it.  Success is as you define it and small successes can be the catalyst for big change. Cheers to the Brigadier General for his wise thoughts, may we continue the conversation next time we meet.

Meeting the Madam

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Today, the sun came out and we spend the morning touring the site, talking with the engineers and helping to paint the fence posts for the Canada Building (renamed the Bat Building).  In the afternoon we had a meeting with Madame Openy about the schools performance in National Exams.  They are working hard to improve the level of performance of the school during national exams. It is a difficult task, but she has years of experience behind her. There are 1320 students at Palegna Primary School with 23 teachers, with only 57 students in Primary 7 compared with 230 in Primary 1.

Protecting the trees from domestic animals that were planted at the ceremony early in the week.

Protecting the trees from domestic animals that were planted at the ceremony early in the week.

Souzi (orange overalls) purchasing chicken for the workers dinner.  Ssubi provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to the workers on site; Souzi is responsible for this program.

Souzi (orange overalls) purchasing chicken for the workers dinner. Ssubi provides breakfast, lunch and dinner to the workers on site; Souzi is responsible for this program.

Charts of test scores for Primary 7 in the administration offices at Palenga

Charts of test scores for Primary 7 in the administration offices at Palenga

Roofing the library

Roofing the library

Tracy painting the poles with 2 of the women workers Sharon and Innocent.

Tracy painting the poles with 2 of the women workers Sharon and Innocent.

Rain Rain Go Away

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Today we worked onsite, it was very wet and muddy. Most projects took place in doors, but those of us who are hard core remained outside and installed poles for the fence going around the Canada Building which is to become a resource centre with computers. It was hard work and took us four hours to mix the cement and install the poles.

Tracy shoveling cement to install fence poles

Tracy shoveling cement to install fence poles

Teacher accommodations under construction

Teacher accommodations under construction

Special Visitors

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Today, the local government and Ministry of Education signed a MOU to better education in Gulu. We were honoured they chose to sign the MOU at Palenga School because of the progress being made to improve the schools infrastructure. The participants (district LC5 chairmen and school administrators) were taken on a tour of the school construction projects by Dusman and each one planted a tree in front of the newly built teacher quarters.

Signing of the MOU while students from Palenga watch under a beautiful gaintmango tree

Signing of the MOU while students from Palenga watch under a beautiful giant mango tree

Many attendees commuted to the event on bikes

Many attendees commuted to the event on bikes

Chairman Mao and other participants on tour of the Ssubi construction projects

Chairman Mao and other participants on tour of the Ssubi construction projects

Chairman Mao handing out trees for planting in front of teacher quarters

Chairman Mao handing out trees for planting in front of teacher quarters

New Arrivals

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Tracy and Clay have arrived in Uganda and we are now all in Gulu working on the infrastructure projects at Palenga. It is great to be back in Uganda and see the incredible progress being made so far.  We had fun exploring the site and were sad to learn we had missed seeing all the snakes driven away when the sites were cleared for construction. We also missed the bats that had taken up roosting in Canada Building (one of the first buildings Ssubi constructed). We had to remove the ceiling, seal the openings and then replace the ceiling. The mess was really quite unbelievable as there were hundreds of them. There are so many interesting things to see on site about the Ugandan way of life.

Little ones carry water home using a home made sled

Little ones carry water home using a home made sled

Making progress on the library renovation

Making progress on the library renovation

Definitely not the right size bike, but a handy way to transport water.

Definitely not the right size bike, but a handy way to transport water.

The Ssubi Building Team

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Things are going well and progress is being made on the infrastructures projects this year. Ssubi has approximately 100 workers from Gulu and Kampala working at Palenga Primary School this summer. This year we have hired four women to help with the building, this is a first for us and we are excited they found us.

Builders take a break to enjoy some very nice looking pineapples

Builders take a break to enjoy some very nice looking pineapples.

One of the four women hired to help build this year.

One of the four women hired to help build this year.

Eager students- School is still in session

Eager students- school is still in session.

A motorbike transporting humans and chicken on the Gulu highway. Can you count how many?

A motorbike transporting humans and chickens on the Gulu highway. Can you count how many?

Volunteers from Canada

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Desiree and David have arrived on site to lend a hand this week. They are on a tour of Africa which started at the World Cup in South Africa and ends up in Uganda with Ssubi.

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Desiree, David and Philip after painting the inside of the Canada Building

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Where did they get them hats?

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Curious little ones watching the school construction from their near-by home

Ground Breaking at Palenga Primary School

Monday, July 19th, 2010
Philip and Dusman were joined by school administrators and Madam Openy at the ground breaking ceremony at Palenga Primary School.

This year’s infrastructure projects include:

*Updating the Canada Building (built by Ssubi in 2007) into a Resource Centre (computers) for the Gulu School District. It will be utilized by over 10 schools in Gulu District.
*Renovating a classroom block into a fully furnished school library (including solar lights).
*Building four teacher accommodations including latrines and cook houses for each unit.
*Renovating existing classroom blocks into functional classrooms.

    And we all thought this year was going to be less intensive on the building front.

    Ssubi also hit the news this week in an article published in the New Vision Newspaper.

    Dusman, engineers and Madame Openy (school principle) discussing  the strategy for a classroom renovation.

    Dusman, engineers and Madame Openy (school principal) discussing the strategy for a classroom renovation

    Students watch as an old non-livable teacher is about to come down  to make way for a new one

    Students watch as an old non-livable teacher accommodation is about to come down to make way for a new one

    Students from Palenga help sort out the good bricks to be used for building the new teacher accommodations.

    Students from Palenga help sort out the good bricks to be used for building the new teacher accommodations

    Foundation for teachers accommodation

    Foundation for teachers accommodation

    Lilly School Concert

    Sunday, July 18th, 2010

    Philip arrived in Kampala and was invited to attend a school concert at Lilly Kindergarten and Primary School. Each grade performed a song or dance in front of parents and well wishers of the school. The Ssubi Foundation re-built Lilly School in the summer of 2007. What a great way to start his summer work.

    Dancers performing at concert

    Dancers performing at concert

    Philip expressing how proud he is of the schools success.

    Philip expressing how proud he is of the schools success.