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Archive for July, 2011

Planting Trees

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Today we planted trees at Lela Obaro with the parents. The school management committee (parent run) organized to purchase trees to help create a windbreak and identify the border of the school property. The school grounds are really starting to take shape. Classroom construction is also making progress as you can see in the pictures below.

Working Together – Ssubi personal and parent’s work together to plant trees.

All Alone – I’m planting alone because it started to rain and all the parents ran for cover. Much smarter move really.

Helpers – An aerial view of parents weeding the newly formed garden. Check out the little footpaths to the latrines.

Up High – Framing the roof of the classroom block and staff room at Lela Obaro.

Lilly Kindergarten and Primary School End of Term Concert

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Philip, Dusman and Ian were in Kampala to attend the end of term concert at Lilly Primary School. The songs, plays and dancing put on by the students impressed them. The school continues to do well and continues to support 26 orphan children who do not pay school fees and live as boarders. One concern this year is the high cost of food in Uganda; the school is spending three times the money from the same time last year on their lunch program. As a result they are closing the school 2 weeks before the end of term as they are out of money to purchase food.

Here are some pictures of the performances.

Lilly Performanace

Lilly Performance

Lilly Performance

Lilly Performance

New playground installed earlier in the year by Lilly School

Lilly Kindergarten class – so very cute

Cleaning up Lela Obaro

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Well those of you that know Philip will not be surprised to hear that the school grounds and classrooms were not clean enough :) Soooo the Head Teacher and Philip have started a Keep Your School Clean Campaign. Here are some pictures of the head teach  and Philip lecturing the kids on why it is important to keep the school grounds clean and take pride in how your school is kept.

What Not to do: Philip demonstrating eating corn and then throwing the corn husk on the ground.

Ready Set Go: kids were given 5 minutes to pick up as much garbage as possible from around the school

Helpers from Canada

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Construction at Lela Obaro is going well, here are some pictures of the Gibeau family from Canada helping out.

Unloading Bricks

Painting the teacher quarters

Cleaning up the library

Gibeau family, Philip, Mwnada (chief Engineer) and Ian with classroom under construction in background

Lukoto Primary School 

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

We are also planning on building 2 classrooms and latrines at Lukoto Primary School in Gulu District. This is a remote school located 1.5 hours drive north of Gulu town. Philip, Dusman and Ian visited the school recently and found classes in session, mostly in outside classrooms. Construction is starting soon at this site.

Outside Classroom

Teacher Dusman – Dusman instructing primary 2, strategically placing the really tall kid at the back:)

Philip in Class

Taking a Rest – a little girl takes a rest on her sister while she takes part in class

Community Spirit Overwhelms Ssubi

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

One of the goals of Lela Obaro this year is to develop a school garden where they grow food for teachers and hopefully are able to sell some of the extra produce to generate income for school programs. The head teacher of Lela Obaro, District Education Officer and The Ssubi Foundation encouraged parents to get involved in the school and help it thrive by volunteering their time to help initiate the garden. Ssubi agreed to provide the seeds for the garden and nourishment for any volunteers who come to help. Yesterday was the first parent day and 212 parents turned up with hoes and shovels to clear 3 acres of ground for the garden. Here are some pictures of the day, I think this is very moving and the commitment of the parents is a huge success for Lela Obaro.

Ready to Work

Sleeping babies

Clearing land is hard work

Philip thanks parents

Progress

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Construction is in full swing on the classroom block while schools is in session at Lela Obaro. There are 2 classes currently outside, one under a temporary structure between the library and classroom and the other outside under a mango tree.

Workbooks: A lot of workbooks to mark

Karate Blackboard: Blackboard in use for outdoor classroom. I think it looks like someone was practicing a side kick:)

Foundation: laying the foundation for the classroom block, Dusman checking if it is level.

Working Hard: Tougher than a kickboxing workout??????

Ssubi Foundation featured in local news website

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Ssubi Foundation director Phillip Ndugga was recently quoted in New Vision Online, Uganda’s leading website,  speaking about the work Ssubi is doing.

Click here to read the full article.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Lela Obaro

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Today ground was broken at Lela Obaro Primary School in Gulu District by the community, students and government officials to initiate the building of a classroom block, office and latrines by The Ssubi Foundation. The Foundation was very honoured to have Jacob Oulanyah, Speaker of Parliament for Uganda and Vincent Ocheng, Gulu District Education Officer at the event today.  Both these individuals continue to be supportive of Ssubi and provide invaluable guidance to help ensure our work is a success on the ground in Uganda. Here are some of the pictures from the day.

A Few Speeches: Gathering of community, students, teachers and government officials at ground breaking ceremony

Empowerment: Dusman providing a few words on the foundations expectations of the Lela Obaro Community and empowering the community to get involved and help the school to become a model learning environment

Beautiful Colours: Parents performing a dance at the ground breaking ceremony

Officials: Ian (Ssubi Volunteer), Philip, Honorable Jacob Oulanyah, Dusman, Vicent Ocheng at opening ceremony.

It's Official: let the work begin

Construction starts today

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Construction at Lela Obaro starts today, the engineer from Kampala (Mwanda) and his team are on site and local workers have also been hired. Our other engineer from Gulu (John) will be helping with Lukoto Primary School this summer. Opening ceremonies are planned for Tuesday. Here are some more pictures from Lela Obaro showing the temporary classroom they are using, which we plan to replace.

Temporary classroom structure at Lela Obaro (overcrowded) and no school for these kids when it rains. Latrines Ssubi build in 2008 are in the background.

Teacher and students in temporary classroom

Lela Obaro school administration (head teacher, deputy head teacher, chair parent teachers association) watching a Ssubi video in the Richard Theriault Memorial Library of past work.