Map of Uganda

Map of Uganda
The Uganda Kampala Mission includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Our assignment covers all the areas except Ethiopia.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


On the banks of beautiful Lake Victoria there are many poor fishing villages. In one such village we found the Lakeside Preparatory School. Like hundreds of other schools we have seen here it has many more needs than we could possibly meet. What we saw there are scenes that are repeated all over Uganda, every day. The conditions at this school are worse than some; better than others.

We are going to try to put a rain water catchment system on the school but will have to slope the roof to one side first.

There are 458 children in the school and 3 teachers. This classroom holds 80 children and the firewood supply for cooking.

Elaine always spends time letting the kids practice their counting in English.

Art gets to just play around with the kids during lunch time.

For lunch, each child has to bring a cup of maize flour from home so porridge can be made.

Those who don’t have flour don’t get porridge and have to find sugar cane or a mango to eat, from the nearby forest.

One of the big needs here with growing children is shoes. Most of the children are bare footed all of the time. This is a school where many cannot afford the uniforms. We are trying to get permission to seal dirt floors with a thin plaster coating to prevent diseases and parasites.

Some of our good friends from the U.S. have sent children’s books, which are received with joy at the schools. Books of any kind are a novelty in schools here. Most of the teaching is done by repeating back, in unison, what the teacher has said. They lack any writing materials.

In spite of circumstances as we see them, the children are always happy and friendly and like to lead us around by the hands.

For the 458 children there are 2 pit latrines and 2 open air urinals. These pose a serious health hazard and we are going to try to get approval to build new concrete latrines at this school.

The school’s “kitchen” also needs some work. We have plans for an adobe brick stove which we can build that uses very little wood and vents the smoke outside.

As we left, we were struck by the contrast of the forest just beside the school. There is much to be done here…

1 comment:

Peggy said...

Oh my gosh, just read your last blog - as you said, there is so much to be done. The pictures of the school are so touching. Good luck with all your projects for the school, which are much needed. Also, the Spring Project, and everything else. (do they have access to any Atmit?) You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone from the Eighth Ward says hi.
lots of love,
Peg & Lee

"Everything must have a beginning"

"Everything must have a beginning"
Children at an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. There are so many children here it is incredible; there are orphans everywhere. The people take them in and it is not unusual to see families struggling with 8-10 children. We talked to a woman yesterday who has taken in twelve children. She said, "sometimes I feel sad that I cannot do more, but everything must have a beginning". We have decided to use that as our personal reminder to guide our actions here as we try to help.