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Teddie makes the most of the new space.

October 3rd, 2013

Dusman, Evelyn and Joni just had a visit with Teddie Primary School in Amuru District where The Ssubi Foundation built two large classrooms, a staff room, head teachers office and storage room. As the school moved into their new structure, they made the most of the space. The staff room was converted to a P7 classroom, the head teachers office was converted to a staff room and the head teacher had moved into the storage area. We were happy they had made the most of the space and have utilized it to best fit the needs of the school.

Staff room

Staff room

P7 classroom

P7 classroom

Children sitting under temporary classroom shelter

Children sitting under temporary classroom shelter

For those of you who visited Teddie Primary School with us this summer, the little culvert bridge finally washed out.

For those of you who visited Teddie Primary School with us this summer, the little culvert bridge finally washed out.

Lela Obaro maintains playground

October 1st, 2013

The playground at Lela Obaro is also experiencing high use, again the swings are a favorite. All the tire swings needed work, the tire rings had all been broken, they were replaced by metal rings and are once again functioning. The school has organized teams to clean up garbage and rake the playground sand regularly. We are encouraging Palenga to also develop this system to improve safety and neatness of the playground.

students enjoying playground at Lela Obaro

students enjoying playground at Lela Obaro

tires from swing being repaired

tires from swing being repaired

students enjoying the swings

students enjoying the swings

students raking sand on playground

students raking sand on playground

A few last meetings…

September 10th, 2013

Before we left Uganda, Philip, Evelyn and Joni were in Gulu for a few last meetings to tie up lose ends.

Philip, Evelyn and Joni meeting with representatives from teaching staff and parents from Lela Obaro and Palenga Primary Schools.

Philip, Evelyn and Joni meeting with representatives from teaching staff and parents from Lela Obaro and Palenga Primary Schools.

Philip, Evelyn and Joni meeting with the head teacher of Bright Valley Academy, Beatrice school. They did not get to see Beatrice as she was away studying for national exams.

Philip, Evelyn and Joni meeting with the head teacher of Bright Valley Academy, Beatrice school. They did not get to see Beatrice as she was away studying for national exams.

Philip and Joni greeting Susan from the RRLWG - women's group at her shop.

Philip and Joni greeting Susan from the RRLWG – women’s group at her shop.

Evelyn handing over a grant to Susan, the treasurer of the RRLWG women's group so they can continue training other micro financing groups.

Evelyn handing over a grant to Susan, the treasurer of the RRLWG women’s group so they can continue training other micro financing groups.

So many people to thank!!

August 23rd, 2013

This year many of you gave donated items for Teddie Primary School in Amuru District, Northern Uganda. We would like to thank Anyim Projects for their donation to purchase desks, book shelves, staff room table, teacher desks and chairs, Star Ecoworks for donating the solar lateen, Vermeulen family for purchasing textbooks and sporting equipment, a calgary school for donating kids t-shirts and the Emmanuel Foundation for donating bikes. All of these items were handed over to the school and will help to improve the teaching environment. I also forgot to mention we would like to thank the parents at Teddie whom prepared a meal for everyone who attended the opening – including hundreds of parents, community members, invited guests and for all the children. WOW!

Women carrying water to kitchen where food was prepared for all in attendance

Women carrying water to kitchen where food was prepared for all in attendance

New t-shirts

New t-shirts

Dusman displays the solar lantern

Dusman displays the solar lantern

One of the book shelves with textbooks

One of the book shelves with textbooks

A few of the donated textbooks

A few of the donated textbooks

Staff room table and book shelves

Staff room table and book shelves

Both classrooms where furnished with desks

Both classrooms where furnished with desks

Teddie Classroom Block Handover

August 22nd, 2013

The Ssubi Foundation handed over a classroom block, administration offices and latrine block to Teddie Primary School in Amuru District. The building was commissioned by Betty Bigombe (MP for region) and was handed over to the community of Teddie. The ceremony included many performances from Teddie students as well as students from other schools whom had traveled to attend the opening. The support from parents and region was wonderful and together they presented Ssubi with a large male goat named Gadaffi:)

Tracy showing the District Education Officer of Amuru how to charge a cell phone on solar lantern donated by Star Ecoworks.

Tracy showing the District Education Officer of Amuru how to charge a cell phone on solar lantern donated by Star Ecoworks.

New classroom block and flag pole at Teddie Primary

New classroom block and flag pole at Teddie Primary

Scouts at the opening

Scouts at the opening

Betty Bigombe and DEO of Amuru share a laugh at one of the student performances.

Betty Bigombe and DEO of Amuru share a laugh at one of the student performances.

Philip introducing some of the building team

Philip introducing some of the building team

Official ribbon cutting

Official ribbon cutting

Bikes were donated by Emmanual Foundation and Mary Tidlund Foundation to each teacher

Bikes were donated by Emmanual Foundation and Mary Tidlund Foundation to each teacher

A bike for every teacher

A bike for every teacher

Philip dancing with students

Philip dancing with students

Gift presentation from parents

Gift presentation from parents

Philip receiving Gadafii the guard goat, whom was enjoyed in Kampala during a large ssubi and family BBQ.

Philip receiving Gadafii the guard goat, whom was enjoyed in Kampala during a large ssubi and family BBQ.

 

Rwot Rubanga Lakica Women’s Group Continues to Impress.

August 19th, 2013

We had a wonderful meeting with most of the 35 members of the RRLWG where they provided us with a progress report of their activities. Last year we supported two initiatives, we provided financial assistance for the group members to train other microloan and savings groups and we purchased some chairs in support of their newly developed event business.

Over the last year the group worked with three other micoloaning and savings groups and a number of improvement were noted, including improved record keeping, opening of group bank accounts to keep finances safe, increased savings amoung group members, introduction of buying shares and retaining 10% of groups savings to accumulate funds. The RRLWG reported there were many other groups requesting similar training. Building on this success, The Ssubi Foundation agreed to continue to support the RRLWG in training other groups.

In addition, the group started with 100 chairs and some tables which they rent out for events. They were able to make some profits and have reinvested into the business through the purchase of more chairs. The group would like to expand the business to include tents which they currently sub contract from other event businesses. They feel their customers would benefit if they were a more holistic service provider. The Ssubi Foundation plans to fundraise over the next year to help with some of the start-up costs associated with the group expanding their business.

Tracy greeting group members

Tracy greeting group members

Dusman reviewing progress report

Dusman reviewing progress report

Evelyn accepting her gift of Odee and Honey - Yum

Evelyn accepting her gift of Odee and Honey – Yum

Group shot

Group shot

Peace's fundraising program, selling of group t-shirts

Peace’s fundraising program, selling of group t-shirts

Mwanda Park is open!

August 18th, 2013

The playground at Lela Obaro is now open, thank you Emmanuel Foundation and Mary Tidlund Foundation. We named the playground Mwanda Park in memory of our late engineer who built teacher accommodations, classrooms and a library at the school. I loved the reaction to the tire swings- there were so many kids on it but they were all pushing it different directions so it went no where:) Soon enough it was figured out with after a helpful demonstration.

Mwanda Park, many of his workers were on hand to celebrate this opening and pay their respects.

Mwanda Park, many of his workers were on hand to celebrate this opening and pay their respects.

First reactions!

First reactions!

First reactions!

First reactions!

Way too many at once!

Way too many at once!

Dusman and Phillip receiving gifts from parents.

Dusman and Phillip receiving gifts from parents.

Traditional dance performed by kids at opening

Traditional dance performed by kids at opening

Popping bubbles, thank you Vermeulen family

Popping bubbles, thank you Vermeulen family

Tracy and Julie demonstrate the tire swing

Tracy and Julie demonstrate the tire swing

Solar is the way to go.

August 12th, 2013

Dirisa (Solar Engineer) recently installed solar lighting at the new classroom block and administration offices at Teddie Primary School. Although the lighting is important to the community, the ability to charge cell phones is really exciting. A special thanks to Star Ecoworks from Calgary who donated a solar lantern and cell phone charger to Teddie and also provided an updated case and parts so older models of the lanterns can now charge cell phones.

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Dirisa updating older solar lantern from Star Ecoworks so it can charge cell phones.

 

 

Bikes for Teddie

August 12th, 2013

A number of bikes were included in the shipment send by the Emmanuel Foundation and Mary Tidlund Foundation. Philip and Tracy along with 2 bike mechanics from Gulu spend the day ensuring they were all road ready. These bikes will be donated to the teaching staff at Teddie Primary School to improve their transportation.

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Tracy working on bikes

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Tracy and Philip racing bikes

“Hope Park” is now open

August 12th, 2013

The playground at Palenga Primary School in Gulu District is officially open for business and it had a jam packed first day. After a lengthy opening ceremony including a marching band and seven speeches the kids were set free. It was mad congestion that apparently continued until 8pm at night. We have created mayham for the teaching staff who quickly put together a time table for day 2 so classes could have a proper play. Thank you Emmanuel Foundation, Mary Tidlund Foundation and all the wonderful volunteers whom came to help build the playground.

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Playground is open for business

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The slide is a favourite

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Two to a swing

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Philip with marching band

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Evelyn translates for Deputy Speaker of Uganda