Archive for May, 2012
Wondering what The Ssubi Foundation is up to this year, check it out at http://www.ssubifoundation.org/plans/index.html.
The Ssubi Foundation recently received an International Development Grant from the Alberta Government. This grant recognizes the contribution of Alberta citizens to non-profits who work over seas and will match donations made by Alberta citizens up to $25,000. We would like to thank the Alberta government and all the fantastic Albertan’s who donated to The Ssubi Foundation last year:)
The four sponsor children (Michael, Opio, Carol and Winnie) at boarding school in Kampala are back in Gulu for a quick vacation, before heading back to school to get in some extra studies before next term. On a recent visit with Dusman, they talked to him about their experience in Kampala ” we shall never be the same people again. We have been able to mix with students from different parts of Africa and we feel for the people left behind at home as the education system here is at a different level.” They told him one story about the seriousness of learning English, if you are caught speaking another language by a teacher or staff, instead of your school uniform you have to wear a sack with the words, “Comrades, I am a total Fool, that is why I wear this.” the school systems and national exams are in English but many of the students only speak English in the classroom. This technique was developed to encourage them to use English as their common language outside the classroom. Dusman says he has already noticed a big difference in their language proficiency and I don’t think any of them have had to wear the dreaded sack.
Bicycles for Humanity has teamed up for a second year with the students at Westmount Charted School. This year the students are hosting a spin-a-thon to raise awareness, funds and bikes to send to Uganda!
Last year they raised $2000.00 and over 300 bikes that have been sent to Uganda. This year they are looking to to better themselves and have partnered with Cycle4: What Matters to hold a spin-a-thon fundraiser on May 3 to raise funds in addition to their 3 bike drives all wrapping up by June 20th. Their goal is 2 fold; to educate their classmates about Uganda and to raise funds and bikes to ship another container load to Uganda.
Ben Stiller and the Stiller Foundation has pledge to cover all in-Africa costs to get their container into Uganda so please help them raise the funds need to get it to Africa by pledging the students efforts. http://www.4whatmatters.com/project/project.aspx?asset=1226
Bicycles for humanity have offered to donate a few bikes for the teaching staff at Lukoto Primary School, a remote school in northern Uganda where we built a classroom block and latrine last summer.