Following on from the original Knickers for Charity appeal, my daughter Hannah and I leave at 3.30am on Saturday morning for Uganda.
Thank you so much for all your parcels. We have been inundated with gifts of books, chalk and of course knickers. We will be able to give all the children at the school plenty of underwear and also some clothes. We cannot thank you enough for all your generosity.
The project in Kitale is coming on leaps and bounds. £2,000 was raised at an exhibition in Morecambe and it will go towards a training school for crafts and skill to be built in January 2013. Part of the work I will be doing at the school is helping the facilitation of the writing of the business plan for this venture. The Training centre will teach the older children farming methods, skills for small business , animal husbandry etc. An ambitious project but it is really important that eventually the children and their families can become self sufficient.
The Ugandan prime Minister gave the school 5 acres of land in February. On Friday I heard from Regina (she managers the school project in Kitale) that the older children and some of the villagers managed to plough the first acre in one hour! An amazing achievement. This farm land will be divided up into small holdings via a micro finance project.
Finally the children can be really proud of their achievements – they came second out of seven schools in the subcounty athletics. And they were certainly not running, jumping etc in the latest high tec trainers!
Thank you again for all your donations, support and good wishes. I am hoping to keep in touch via A.Vogel facebook while I am away (if I manage to walk the mile and half to charge up my phone (there is no electricity in the village).
I will update you on my return