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.