TWO MORE PROTECTED SPRINGS.
Tony’s Spring and The Sanders’ Spring.
300 live in Bunamweli, the village where Tony’s Spring has been built, with many more people coming in from near by villages.
In Ggala village the Sanders’ Spring provides clean water for the 250 villagers, two Nursery schools with a total of 160 children, and also the 500 pupils in a secondary school.
RUNNING FOR BKB
Mission accomplished! Humphrey Price made £1,564.94 – Thank you Humphrey. Brilliant. Many orphans will benefit.
Humphrey Price ran the half marathon which took place in North London on Sunday, 15th March.
THE KNITTING PROJECT
THE KNITTING PROJECT Angelina Campbell
Since 2002 Angelina traveled to Uganda on ten different occasions, her purpose being to help village women earn their own living by the use of a knitting machine. These visits have now come to an end. Angelina died on the 3rd January 2015.
Over the past twelve years Angelina set up groups of knitters in 13 locations, some having more than one group. She herself came from Wishaw Scotland, where many women knitted from home in order to supplement their meagre incomes. When cheap garments came in to the country these machines became redundant and where relegated to the attic. With hard work and determination Angelina sort out these machines, well over 250, taking on cleaning jobs and selling bits and pieces in order to make money to buy yarn and send over to Africa both herself and the machines.
Many Ugandan women have found security through Angelina’s efforts. One woman dying of AIDS, told her she would now die in peace knowing her daughter was able to earn enough to look after her younger siblings. Two women found jobs in a College of Further Education teaching others what they had learned from Angelina. Angelina herself admitted that many of the women knitted better than she did herself, and were able to invent new shapes and patterns. She had also trained the women to maintain and mend the machines.
Angelina’s own life had often been fraught with both ill health and tragedy. Some years back she had a mastectomy which resulted in her being in almost continual pain. Other illnesses were constant companions. Two of her sons, the eldest and the youngest both died in difficult circumstances. She is survived by three of her five children and her twelve grandchildren.
Her family meant everything to her. They met up every Sunday in her flat. In the weeks before her death she had taken all her grandchildren to the local pantomime. She was godmother to a child in Uganda, counted as one of the family. They are all devastated by her death as are her students and others she had touched in Uganda by her dedication, her sense of fun and the respect and care for all she met.
Our Manager, Ssagala David wrote: “We will miss our Angelina. She worked so hard to help the needy communities here in Uganda. Her light will shine forever.”
“ANGELINA’S KNITTING PROJECT” will continue. Those wishing to donate send cheques to:
‘The Treasurer’ Bega kwa Bega, 2 Kingfisher, Watermead, Bucks HP19 OFR
made out to ‘Uganda Orphans Bega kwa Bega’
Text Giving: BKBU22 £5 to: 70070
TEACHER TRAINING SUMMER
In August 2014 Gill and Crispin Farbrother, along with their daughter Tanisha visited Uganda under the hospitality of Bega Kwa Bega. The visit was primarily to offer two staff development courses to Ugandan Nursery, Infant and Primary School teachers. The two courses lasted two days each with over 75 teachers attending one or other of the courses.
The courses focused on the teaching of Jolly Phonics. The teaching of phonics has been introduced by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and the Jolly Phonics scheme is in popular use in both the USA and UK. Whilst some of the Ugandan teachers had knowledge of phonics they had few resources and clearly welcomed advice, guidance and help in the teaching of Jolly Phonics.
Continued from Teacher Training
The first of the two courses took place at Bega Kwa Bega’s training farm and the teachers very quickly got into the teaching methods being introduced by Gill. Under her direction Crispin then led the design and making of resources that could be used in the classrooms to support their phonics teaching. With plenty of glue, picture cards, cardboard boxes and felt tip pens a variety of useful resources were produced for use by the teachers back in their schools. The course delivery focused on the development of skills and techniques to be used in the classroom and the teachers took many of the concepts on board and showed their understanding when practicing their new found skills.
As space was somewhat limited for a large cohort of attendees some of the teaching took place under the mango tree in the training farm grounds. The shade certainly offered a lovely setting to learn. The teachers were also able to have a tour of the farm and learnt how it supports BkB’s aims.
Tanisha quickly took on the role of baby sitter for some of the teachers’ young children they had brought with them. This was a role she relished. The course ended with the teaching of some UK style PE games for younger children and the Ugandan teachers got fully involved with many smiles and much laughter as the result.
The second course took place the following week at Jengo School in Kampala with 39 teachers present. 3 of the teachers had travelled for over 3 hours to be there and others struggled due to a taxi strike. Overcoming these challenges shows their commitment to improve their own practices and to give their children the best education they can. The same format as the previous course was followed and again the teachers were able to learn new skills, develop resources to take away with them, all whilst having fun learning. This course also took on a singing theme and after learning some traditional British songs such as Incey Wincey Spider the Ugandan teachers sung some of their traditional songs. This resulted in beautiful harmonies being sung in rounds.
Gill, Crispin and Tanisha had taken large books, posters, learning games, pens, pencils etc with them and these were distributed to the teachers at the end of each course, much to the delight of those who attended.
We had run out of funds and could not continue with work on the Children’s Play Centre.
A VERY generous donor has given us £14,000.
This will enable the centre to open in the not too distant future.
Our gratitude is unbounded.
Dig and build sewage drainage and septic tank: £1,100
Buy and install toilets, sinks in six toilets: £ 450
Buy and install a water tank: £ 350
Buy and install kitchen appliances: a fridge, cooker and freezer: £1,750
Furnishings, tables, chairs, book shelves: £2,500
Install electricity inside the two buildings and outdoor security lights: £1,250
Install a solar system for security lights: £1,875
Buy and install two gates to the property: £ 750
Paint main building and pavilion: £1,000
Pave parking lot: £3,700
A large roadside Sign: £1,875
TOTAL NEEDED TO COMPLETE PROJECT: £17,600
Clarke (UK) Coatbridge Scotland, has given BkB a GENERATOR for the Farm.
Impossible to thank them for this generosity. It has been especially built for us.
We had a ‘send off’ day at the factory and met all those who had had a hand in it’s making.
Not only did the crate hold the generator but it was packed to capacity with gifts from Clarke for the children and many other bits and pieces which had been collected by all and sundry to send over to Uganda.
Photographs to follow. nfo here