Appologies for the lack of info in recent months. Here is the latest news.
Children at Luwero returned to school on 2nd February for the first term in the new academic year. The term runs until 1stMay. In November last year 38 pupils sat their P7 end of primary school exams which they must pass before being allowed to commence secondary school education. Of those sitting the exams 85% achieved a Grade 1 pass and the remaining 15% a Grade 2 pass. Both staff and children are to be congratulated for the high standard of results. A 16 year old secondary school pupil along with her younger sister, were tragically drowned in an accident during the holidays. The sister fell into a pond and, when the 16-year old entered the water to save her, both sadly lost their lives.
The new 3-story building for the secondary school, pictured left, was completed in time for the start of the new term. The final cost of the building is below budget releasing funds for other work. We continue to thank those who support the project in numerous ways.
Gabriel and Deborah are looking forward to the birth of twins in June. Many supporters will be aware of their past difficulties. Their first child, Graham, only lived a few hours after birth and their second child was lost early during Deborah’s pregnancy. Please pray that Deborah keeps well during her pregnancy and that no complications arise with the birth of the babies. Gabriel recently had a mild bout of malaria, but has now recovered.
During March Gabriel plans a visit to Germany to meet Luwero supporters. Later in the year Gabriel may also visit both the USA and UK. Once dates of any UK visit are known details will be provided. UK visitors to Luwero will include speakers from Scotland attending the Pastor & Church Leader’s Conference in May and Youth Camp in August. Other planned visits include a church group in July and school group in October. Both groups will have specific projects to carry out during their visit.
Tom Willmott, one of our Directors, recently visited the project for two weeks. During his time at Luwero a church campaign was held and 75 people professed to become Christians. Thirty will be baptised towards the end of February.
Church members at Luwero hope to progress the building of their new church during 2015. The ground floor slab has now been completed ready for the superstructure to commence.
Thank you to those supporters who purchased 2015 Luwero calendars. Their sale contributed £966 to our Luwero funds.
Approximately 400 young people travelled up to 160 miles to attend the Youth Camp at Luwero. Numbers were less than in previous years due mainly to the fact that the camp dates coincided with the first week of the new term at Ugandan universities. About half of those attending were at the camp for the first time, the remainder having attended on several occasions including some who had attended all seven camps. Two girls, Rebecca & Esther, attended the camp from Kenya following their pastor’s attendance at the Pastor & Church Leader’s Conference earlier in May.
For the full report go to the YOUTH CAMP page.
See details of the programme for the 2013 conference on the conference page…
I cannot believe so much has happened since I visited at this time last year when I witnessed the collapse of the 4th Primary school building! Here is a summary of the work God continues to prosper.
The primary school: There is a teacher for each class this year, as well as promoted members. Some of the classes are very big. (80 children in P4)The Nursery has been split into 3 classes, taking up one block. Numbers are up, over 400 in the Primary school. As well as having a good reputation, the increase could also be due to the acquisition of a 35 seater school bus, which collects children from the surrounding villages. The tractor driver has been employed to do this. It was great to see the new staffroom in use. At the moment the library cannot be stocked as the S4s are using the room this year.
The Secondary school continues to grow. Houses have been introduced and various inter-house sports competitions, (football, netball, volleyball) were taking place when I was there. The pupils were also playing cricket, courtesy of a kit left by summer visitors. There is a new Headteacher, Teacher Amina. It’s an important year for the school as they present S4s for important exams for the first time. An engineer has been working on computers gifted to LCM, and they have been upgraded to Windows XP.
Building work: The offices and residential block opposite the house have been extended. Two accommodation blocks were nearing completion, (one next to the secondary school, the other on the new piece of land adjacent to LCM)and the foundation of the new secondary school block was almost finished too!
A church fund has been set up to finance a new building, hopefully to start this Summer.
The biggest concern is water. The bore-hole has completely dried up so there is an urgent need to dig a new one. Water either comes from rain, or has to be transported in on lorries.
Deborah and Gabriel are both in good health but very busy!
The 2012 Christmas/New Year activities were well attended at Luwero. Schools returned on 4th February with expected increases in pupil numbers attending both primary and secondary schools. This would take pre and primary school numbers to above 500 and secondary school pupils to approximately 150. This term the secondary school will provide an S4 class in addition to S1 to S3. Fourteen teachers are now employed at each of the schools with a further four non-teaching staff for the primary school. Some staffing changes have taken place since last term. Materials for the construction of the new 2-storey secondary school block are being procured with construction due to commence this month. It will provide both teaching and dormitory accommodation and will be the first 2-storey building at Luwero.
Frequent rain in the past month or so has been a blessing. A maize harvest is being reaped at present. Gabriel recently said ‘We praise God for answered prayer by sending rain’. The well and storage tanks are full at present.
The economy in Uganda continues to be challenging. Parents of fee paying children often struggle to meet the cost of paying for their children’s education. It is encouraging that supporters continue to join our child sponsorship scheme which now allows just over 100 orphaned children to be educated.
Church membership continues to strengthen. Termites (otherwise known as ‘unwelcome church members’) continue to attack the wooden church building. It will be necessary to replace this building with a more permanent structure. Planning permission has been granted for a new building and a budget prepared. In addition to providing a place of worship it will allow school assemblies and conferences to be accommodated, particularly during wet weather.
Security and political stability in Uganda continues to prevail. Both however are always vulnerable to change. In the UK we continue to have problems shipping goods to Uganda. Goods are ready to go but agency checks appear to be taking an inordinate length of time to resolve.
Dates for the pastor and church leader’s conference have been set for 13th – 17th May. Two church leaders from Scotland are preparing to attend the conference. In addition a contingent of members from the Glasgow battalion Boy’s Brigade will visit Luwero in July to undertake work at the project. Other visitors to Luwero this year include supporters from Germany and the UK.
As 2012 draws to a close we thank God for a good year at Luwero. Highlights included more people added to the church, increased school attendances at both primary and secondary schools, construction of a 4th primary school classroom block (despite the set-back of storm damage), a well attended pastor & church leader’s conference and youth camp, numerous UK visitors to Luwero undertaking a wide range of practical work, the purchase of additional land for primary school teacher’s houses, Gabriel & Deborah’s good health and political stability in Uganda.
Crop yields have not been good during the year which has led to increased food prices and recently there was an outbreak of Ebola in the Luwero area. The government acted swiftly and closed schools which included our schools at Luwero. Thankfully children had completed their end of year exams and the school closed one week earlier than scheduled for the Christmas/New Year holiday. Goods to be shipped to Luwero are currently stored in Glasgow awaiting shipment. Shipment has been delayed due to UK Border Agency checks and agreements with the shippers.
A full programme of events over the festive period has been arranged. Schools resume on 4th February 2013. During 2013 construction of the 2nd secondary school classroom and dormitory block will commence. Please pray that the shipment of goods which includes a concrete mixer will take place early in the year to assist with the building work. Plans are in hand for the annual pastor & church leader’s conference and youth camp in May and August respectively. Planned visitors during the year include a small group from Germany in April and boys and leaders from the Glasgow BB battalion in July who plan to build a weather station for the school.
Gabriel & Deborah send their warmest Christian greetings to all their friends for Christmas and the New Year.
There will be a sale of crafts on Saturday 3rd November 10am-2pm, at Riverside Church, Kirkintilloch. Entry is £1.50.
Come along for tea and coffee, home baking, jewellery, patchwork, handbags, Christmas decorations, cards and more…..
All proceeds and donations to Luwero Community Projects.
Please join with us in thanking God for the following items in connection with the work at Luwero.
• Both primary and secondary schools resumed at the end of August
• The 6th annual youth camp in August was successful; 550 young people attended over the five days
• UK visitors to Luwero during the summer contributed in many practical ways to the work in the church, school, clinic, farm and orphanage. Some volunteers have expressed a keen desire to return to Luwero at some stage
• Gabriel & Deborah have enjoyed good health during recent months
• Plans are in hand for the construction of a second building for the secondary school. It will be a 2-storey building providing teaching and dormitory accommodation. The building will enable S4 to S6 pupils attend the school. This major item of capital expenditure has yet to be fully funded but the Trust has been able to allocate some funds to allow commencement of construction proceed
• Recent purchase of 1 acre of additional land at Luwero adjacent to the primary school
• Production of a new brochure for Luwero. Calendars for 2013 are available upon request (£8 + £2 postage and packing)
Items for attention over the next month or so include:-
• A primary school sports day 27th October which will include the local community
• P7 children will be presented for their national exams in November. Those obtaining good grades will progress to the secondary school in January 2013
• Adequate staffing and resources for both primary and secondary schools
• Dispatch and safe shipment of a container partly rented by LCP for goods for Luwero from Glasgow
• 20 people will be baptised during the next few weeks
• 2013 visits currently being planned include students from Capernwray Bible College, Cumbria (February) and Glasgow battalion Boy’s Brigade officers and boys (July)
• Board meeting of Trustees on 17th November in Glasgow
• A continuing need for wisdom and guidance for Gabriel & Deborah overseeing the project at Luwero
• Continuing security and stability across Uganda. Earlier in October Uganda celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence from the UK
• Need for adequate rainfall to ensure an adequate harvest