586 children, 8 classrooms. What do you do with your 80+ pupils when it rains and the roof is full of holes? You huddle them in the driest corner and wait for it to stop of course. If we could raise £6000 these children could stay dry and continue to study through the rainy season, that would be the cost to replace the roof at Kijjabwemi Primary School. This school faces many challenges but replacing the roof is their primary concern. How we raise these funds and help this school is in all our prayers tonight.
We learnt how providing food is taking priority over school materials so the pupils who do not receive a meal until the evening can concentrate during the day, and how many children from the villages had still not returned to school as they could not afford the materials they need. How do you prioritize these needs? These are the decisions faced by many head teachers in schools in Africa. We complain about a difficult journey to work or school, these children often spend hours walking many kilometers to receive an education, the lucky ones own a bike but they are few.
We were entertained by the children who put on an amazing display of traditional dance. Ian took plenty of video as well as photographs so hopefully it will be on the website when we get back.
A visit to the senior school was an encouragement as we saw the difference new buildings had made (funded by a larger charity), and we were pleased to meet with the head teacher and staff member who had previously visited us in the UK.
We shared a delicious lunch prepared by the catering students and were presented with gifts before touring the school. We returned to the hotel at 5pm, a half day for us and a welcome relief to be back in time to order food.