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New classrooms being constructed at Mirimbo Campus


For years our adult students in the Ibanda Literacy Schools [ILS] have been asking to take their learning further and acquire skills to increase their incomes. Our co-ordinator, Zelina Kyakimwa has long dreamed of creating a central Adult Learning Centre to meet this need. The first step towards this came in early 2016 when we acquired our first land at Kibirizi and build classrooms there in brick. (We erected our five other school campuses out of sticks, mud and metal roofing sheets on land loaned to us by the local elders or the church). This year a legacy from John’s mother helped us to construct and equip a second large new building at Kibirizi, containing a secure office and store, a big workshop area and a smaller classroom, and fitted with two solar panels. We were also able to give work tables, stacking chairs, four sewing machines and two knitting machines. They hope to introduce carpentry for men soon. Last month I visited Kasese with two friends from our local Quaker Meeting (their main activity is described overleaf) and opened the building at a big celebration. We were impressed by the building and also the gardens which demonstrate growing methods and good nutritional principles, besides feeding the children who attend this campus.

Mirimbo campus had a large input of new pupils, increasing from around 70 to over 220! New classrooms were needed urgently. We sent some extra money, and I photographed the result, perched on a narrow ledge on the hillside and now waiting for this month’s rains so that the mud and stick walls can be added (above). I’m always impressed how much of such work is done voluntarily by parents and teachers. We have put aside some money for the other campuses, and asked them to submit their own ideas on how to spend it.

Our head teacher Lucy Kabasukali, who has led the schools for the full fifteen years, is retiring as she can no longer climb the mountains to visit all the campuses. She will now chair the Board of Management, and we shall pay her a pension for her long service. Morris Kathabana, one of our teachers, will take over as Head.

Your support, together with the legacy, raised a total of £23, 691 in 2019 (a record amount!) and attracted £3774.20 in GiftAid from the government. We sent the Schools £13,288.59 to cover eighteen months’ salaries for twenty-three staff up to June 2019, including two newly appointed Adult Learning instructors, and £6083.76 towards the new building and equipment. We gave RPBR £2483.00 to support their broadcasts, youth programme, AGM and the activities during our visit. Stourbridge Quaker Meeting used our fund to raise and give £2646 to build toilets at Rwenguhyo Orphanage (see overleaf). The total we sent to Uganda was £25,221.60. Our own fundraising and bank transfer costs were £175.14. In addition the costs for three of us to visit came to £3765.50. John Lampen.

John opening the Adult Learning Centre Night view – the value of solar panels The school food garden