April 2018 Update
The Parish Uganda Link Group has been working throughout the year to build our relationship with our friends Kibiri Parish in Uganda. The group meets every month and has regular contact with the people in Kibiri by email and Whatsapp
Our work has involved two main areas of activity, the management of the Pupil sponsorship Scheme and support for three parish projects in Kibiri
The Pupil Sponsorship Scheme
This has been a very successful, well managed scheme which has helped 141 children receive primary education over the past year. These are among the poorest children in Kibiri who come from very poor families and our scheme has helped them escape the educational poverty associated with not being able to attend school. We have visited the schools and met the children and their parents, all of whom are very grateful, in their quiet and modest way, for the support they are receiving. With the continued support of our parish sponsors these children will progress in their learning and have the chance to escape the cycle of poverty that their families have had to endure for many years.
The annual school reports from Kibiri have recently been circulated to our parish sponsors along with information about the scheme for 2018. More information about joining the scheme will be provided soon.
The Parish Projects in Kibiri
During our visit to Kibiri in 2017 we discussed a wide range of possible projects we could support in Kibiri. When we returned home we agreed that we would support projects which would have the biggest and widest impact within the community and those that would address some of the significant needs we have encountered. We decided that we would use the money raised by the group, (approximately £12,600), to provide electricity and medical supplies for the new parish clinic, replace the toilets for the pupils in St Kizito's PS, and provide a new external Kitchen for Maria-Assumpta Nursery School.
The New Toilets for St Kizito’s PS
This project is well underway, the pit has been dug and lined and the works will soon be busy constructing the latrine cubicles and privacy walls. This is such an important project as the old latrines had come to the end of their useful life and the school had no means of replacing them. The latrines were being used by both staff and pupils and were very unhygienic and dangerous to use. We all take access to clean toilets for granted. Many people in Uganda do not enjoy such luxuries.
The New Kitchen for Maria-Assumpta Nursery School Maria-Assumpta Nursery School is a beautiful little school located behind the parochial house and very close to St Kizito’s Primary School and St Charles Lwanga Secondary School. We have visited this school a number of times and despite the joy in the eyes of the children and their clear love for their teachers, it is clear that many of them experience hunger almost every day. The old kitchen at the school was a very small shack and has now been replaced by a more spacious Kitchen and store. With some funding support from the people the children will have something to eat each day
The New Parish Clinic in Kibiri