Last September MSM began funding a four room expansion of the classroom building at Promise Primary School serving the Nabwigulu community about 15 km from the CRM Home. The expansion was needed to add the 6th and 7th grade classes and allow more children to register. A fresh water well was dug and installed to serve the school in October. During this trip a school necessity was installed….a playground! …. and rain gutters and 60 desks and 6 tables.
Promise Primary had 225 students last year and has opened the 2019 school year with 400 students registered. Many of the additional 175 kids had not been attending school or were in poor learning situations. The goal is to expand registration by another 50 students eventually, including families that can not pay the modest tuition as sponsorship funding is available. The vision is to impact the community in a long term way….education.
Imagine such excitement over school…
Finished building….added rain gutters for the rainy season.
I love building playgrounds!
Visiting teacher time
This was back to school week for kids in Uganda and the ones at Child Redeemed Mission Home approach it with a lot of enthusiasm….Shopping, supplies accumulation, prayer meetings, head shaving, making of fried crispy dough called Daddies (their version of snack chips). 6 existing High Schoolers were joined by 7 first year students and 32 elementary school aged kids started school.
CRM kids know that their future is why they are going to school and value the opportunity. Sadly, even as I walk the kids to school, I pass dozens and dozens of kids working in the family gardens or just hanging out…not going to school. A life in early years without hope for future opportunities is so sad. CRM kids have the opportunity to have dreams and goals. Praise God.
We purposely plan our January trips to coincide with the end of their holiday vacation and to be part of the going back to school time. One transition we celebrate is from Primary School to High School. We took the 7 new high schoolers to town for a nice lunch, chat about the future, Fatherly advice, and prayer. That was a real treat for them….and then shopping in town for shoes and remaining needs for going to boarding school.
I love this Place! Less than a week before returning home. All of our planned projects at Child Redeemed Mission Home will be completed in a few days. The grade school and upper class High School kids start school Monday and everyone is prepared. 7 new High Schoolers are being prepared to start in a week. The playground, student and teacher desks, and building projects for Promise Primary are finished and they are ready to start school Monday. The church is really alive and service is tomorrow. Please pray for all that to go well in the next few days. I’m enjoying everyone. I love this place….. It was built on prayer over the last 5 years. Thank you for being part of it.
School starts on Monday for Promise Primary. We shipped 40 desks and 6 Teachers tables that we constructed for them. We also completed the playground…. a 10 seat swing set and 6 see saws. I love building playground…my favorite projects!
We arrived a week and a half ago and the team of Rick, Aaron, Rachel, Logan, Abigail, and Nathanael made a big impact on the Child Redeemed Mission Home and have returned to Charlotte, NC. I am here for another week or so. I need to catch up on updates but it has been a really nice trip.
A quick summary….
- Over 1,000 pounds of supplies, donated clothes, and shoes brought.
- 4 teenagers engaged and had a great time with all the kids.
- Rachel and Logan visited Promise Primary 3 days, teaching and sharing.
- Repaired the merry go round, upgraded the electrical system, installed lights in the new guest house, and made many repairs.
- Installed gutters at the new Promise Primary school building and began the playground project.
- Built 40 desks and 6 tables for Promise Primary School.
- Shared and participated in worship and fellowship with the community.