Category Archive • Uganda Tour 2014

School, school, school

Love these charming scholars from Ntawo Primary School singing about the importance of school, school, school. Every book, pencil, crayon and the hope you send along with them changes their lives forever.

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End of Term

The end of the school term in Uganda coincided with our last day of school visits. Susan, the Head Teacher at Mukono Boarding Primary School, organized classroom demonstrations so that we could see how that school uses the supplies and support we send. Mukono has a dedicated librarian for their Literacy Center and she and ...

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Kampala School and Agape

We visited one of our favorite places yesterday, Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped (KSPH). The school is the only one of its kind in the country and this year serves 142 students with physical and cognitive disabilities.  The school started as a way to educate children with cerebral palsy since the regular schools simply ...

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Lutengo Literacy Center Dedication

As Fernwood Principal Lew Dickert says, “Everything about this place is powerful.” Yesterday’s dedication of the Lutengo Literacy Center was that and more. The Literacy Center, supported in large part by the Fernwood Elementary School community and employees at OAC Services, is Sister Schools’ fifth and the Lutengo community put it to full use before ...

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The Principal’s Perspective

We’re thrilled that Lew Dickert, principal at Fernwood Elementary in Bothell, WA-known there as Mr D-has joined us in Uganda this year. As we left one particularly challenging little village school, Lew remarked, “There are real heroes everywhere,” yet he also noted that the challenges of teaching are universal-teacher salaries, class size, materials-albeit Uganda’s teachers ...

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Program for HIV+ children

AIDS is still a huge problem in Uganda and many children are born HIV+. In 2009, after his wife died of AIDS, Tjuuko Muhammad started Give a Hand and Save Lives to provide support for children born HIV+. Muhammad talked with some of his HIV+ friends, made home visits and realized that many HIV+ children, ...

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First week of distribution

Our first full week of school distribution visits is over. We visited three schools each day, for a total of 12 this week. Some, like Kibiribiri Primary, which we visited today, were first-time visits.  We use that time to get to know the school and leave a few items, such as soccer balls and dictionaries. ...

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Everyone gets a backpack!

Everyone gets a backpack!

Asia, our Uganda Coordinator, has been encouraging us to find  a way to get some school supplies directly into students’ hands. This year we printed up drawstring backpacks and filled each (thanks to yeoman efforts by Janet, our warehouse volunteer, who pulled out relevant supplies, and some terrific folks who volunteered for an all-day backpack-stuffing ...

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First-graders Give Us a Song

Usually students greet us with a speech, sometimes with a speech and dance. The team expected these first-graders to recite a poem…but they didn’t.

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Spring 2014 Distribution Trip

Terry and Michael have landed and, once they get settled, will start the big task of unloading the container and organizing 1000 boxes of school supplies. They’ll visit each school this week for preliminary meetings and to take the time to videotape. Distribution begins next week with the arrival of the second team on April ...

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