22 September 2010

Dormitory Makeover

A short time ago I sent a newsletter to our supporters explaining some of the problems we were still facing at the school.  One being the living conditions in the 2 dormitories at Ndeeba Primary where some of the children from the villages stay during term time.  They were cramped, dirty, beds falling apart & dangerous, no mattresses, just a mat to sleep on, no blankets, no pillows, generally unhealthy conditions.  The only good thing they had were the mosquito nets we gave in the past.  The conditions of these dorms has bothered me for some time but we just didn't have the funds to improve these rooms until such time as a new school is built in the future.

 I was so humbled therefore when John was one of our tremendous supporters donated us some money to buy new beds, mattresses, blankets, sheets, pillows, bowls, cups, saucepans.  What we were also able to do in negotiating the final prices at the markets was also buy a new drinking water tank, plaster & paint the dorms, put up some matting to act as ceilings, buy even better quality stuff than we had imagined, & also plastic covers for the mattresses so that we can protect the mattresses from bed wetting which is a common occurence at times. We are just waiting for the pillow cases but I have put below some of the photos. I cannot believe the transformation, its like walking in to another school.  The children who board as so grateful & overwhelmed & the parents & teachers cannot believe what a difference this has made.  They are now feeling so proud of their school, when once they felt so down & disillusioned by the continual problems. The dormitories look like something from a makeover programme, not a run down school in an urban slum in Kampala.  They are better than we could of ever dreamed of! We still have a long way to go & I cannot do any of this on my own.  John thank you so much for your continuing support of our work here xx



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