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October 2012
Read Lesley Wynne’s full report of her trip to Luwero.

On the 10th of August 2012 I met up with an 8 man team from Queenspark Baptist Church at Glasgow Airport ready to set out on our day of travelling to embark upon our Ugandan Adventure. The team were incredible, I was lucky enough to spend my first 10 days alongside them and Ernie Bayton before being the only volunteer for my final 4 weeks.
During my first week The Luwero Community Project held their 6th Annual Youth camp which was an absolutely amazing experience. From getting up at 5am to sing, dance and praise whilst watching the sun rise to getting the opportunity to preach in front of over 500 people, the youth camp is definitely an experience I will never ever forget. Not only did I get to be involved in the youth camp but I tried so many new foods, saw animals I’ve only ever heard of, visited the equator and source of the Nile as well as experiencing a Ugandan thunder and lightning storm, I have to say I will never ever be scared in Britain’s poor excuse of one again.
Being on my own for the remainder of my trip meant that I got a true taste of what Ugandan life is like and the work the project does. Over those 4 weeks I got to spend a lot of time in the primary school, especially with the nursery children, did some farming, which involved the use of a machete, helped teachers with preparation and got involved in church activities.
To say my trip was a life changing experience is an understatement! The smallest things remind me of my time there; I will never ever forget it or be the person I was before I left. It has changed my life entirely and really given me a sense of reality. Never in my life have I met such incredible, happy people. They sleep in homes smaller than most british bathrooms, don’t have enough food to feed their children, have no electricity, running water or sanitation, wear the same clothes every day which are ripped and torn yet they treated me like royalty and wanted to do all they could for me. I was so honoured and privileged to be in their company and learned so much for each and every single person! If anything I have come home with a real sense of guilt for having the ability to come home and for everything I took for granted! Gabriel and Deborah are the most inspirational people I have ever had the privilege to meet. I learned so much from them and was made to feel so at home and welcome. The difference the project is making to the community is sensational and truly awe inspiring. To say I miss them is an understatement; they have changed me so much as a person and taught me not only about Uganda but about the Lord. They made me realise that nothing we achieve or gain in our lives is through ourselves. Everything is a gift from God, especially where he places us for our birth as so much of your life is dependent on the country in which you are born and the resources and opportunities it can provide!
I just want to finish by thanking the Lord for the work the project does and every single person involved in it because without it I dread to think what Kiryanyonza would be like. There is no question as to whether I will return….I cannot wait to!

July 2012
12 volunteers from Scotland spent time in Luwero during the month of July.  We all had a fantastic time joining in with a range of tasks such as teaching, painting and working with the children.  It was really great to see in person all of the amazing things that are happening and to just get alongside and join in with daily life there.  Spending time with the staff and children and just getting to know them was the very best part of the trip!
Luke visits Mabel on behalf of her sponsor, Oxgang Primary School, Kirkintilloch.

Four of the twelve were from Kenmure Church in Bishopbriggs.  Anne Strong writes a few words about their experiences…

Two groups of young people have visited Luwero from Kenmure Parish Church and I decided that an all age trip was in order so it was that at the end of June four of us set of to visit the project. When asked what we would do when we got there I would reply that we would just need to be ” ready for anything we had no clear idea.” I was right we all volunteered to help in the school and as well as helping with marking and making resources we found ourselves preparing and delivering lessons. I taught the first years in the secondary some microbiology which is my own speciality.
Each morning started with organising games for the nursery and lower primary children as they arrived. A particular favourite was “In and out the dusty bluebells ”
It wasn’t all work – we could only manage the morning due to the heat – afternoons were spent resting and preparing lessons. we also had time to spend with the children playing with them and speaking English.
We were well cared for in Gabriel and Deborah’s lovely home and, despite the basic cooking facilities, we were very well fed. Deborah had taken time off to care for us with her helper, Margaret, and a relative, Bush, who worked tirelessly to feed us.
We were able to attend a wedding and the opening of a Christian radio station attended by, no less, than the first lady! Gabriel also took us to the equator and the source of the Nile which by contrast showed us what a poor area Luwero is.
A highlight for me was to meet the young man whom we sponsor. Nathan, proved to be an exceptional teenager who loves to sing and leads the dance group in school and church. He has definite leadership qualities. Now I can pray for him more intelligently and hopefully my letters will be more relevant.
Also being immersed in the culture was both bewildering at times and fascinating Even a short visit has given me an insight into the work of the project which no amount of hearing could have done. I left with a great respect for Gabriel’s leadership and ministry.

Fiona cuts the ribbon to open the new block.

All dressed up for the grand opening of the 4th Primary block. What a fun day!

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February 2017 Newsletter

The new academic year in Uganda began on Monday 6th February when primary and secondary school pupils returned to school. The results of P7 and S4 children who sat 2016 end of year exams were encouraging. 37 out of 38 P7 pupils passed their exams with 1st or 2nd grades. Similar results were obtained by S4 pupils. Results of pupils sitting S6 exams are still awaited. It is likely, depending upon their results that at least one and possibly two sponsored pupils will go on to study at university. We are grateful to all sponsors who stand by their sponsored children at Luwero. Four new primary school teachers and one new secondary school teacher have joined the staff at Luwero to replace those who left at the end of 2016. Recruiting and retaining staff in rural schools is always challenging since many teachers are attracted to Kampala where salaries and conditions are better. Children are seen boarding the school bus in the adjacent picture.

We thank the many friends who purchased 2017 Luwero calendars. A total of 285 calendars were sold with all the proceeds going to support the project.

Work completing the new church building continues. Fitting windows and doors is in progress and floors are to be tiled. The new building, albeit in an uncompleted state, has been used for some months and it is hoped to have an official church opening ceremony on Saturday 20th May.

Plans are being formulated for our 2017 pastor and church leader’s conference. The conference will take place from 15th to 19th May. The subject chosen by local leaders is ‘Leadership’ and will include leadership training as well as a range of leadership issues. It is hoped that a team of three Scottish church leaders will travel to Uganda to speak at the conference. In parallel with the conference a children’s club will run each day. The team for running the club will comprise both Scottish and Ugandan leaders. The theme for the children’s club is ‘Jesus, the light of the world’.

Building the new secondary school dormitory block will commence soon. Whilst plans are being formulated and planning permission sought, ground will be cleared to enable work to commence.

Rain is desperately needed in Uganda. A long period of drought has meant the ground is hard which delays construction work below ground, is difficult for growing crops and affects commodity prices which distorts the economy. The well at the secondary school has a plentiful supply of water enabling two large underground water storage tanks with a total capacity of 80,000 litres to be kept full. We are investigating the possibility of purchasing a water bowser to provide water to assist the growing of crops.

Gabriel, Deborah and Priscilla are all well. Provisional plans are being made for Gabriel to visit the UK this autumn. His anticipated visit will take place between the end of October and mid-December. If you would like Gabriel to visit your area please let us know as soon as possible either by email (luwerocp@btinternet.com) or telephone (01417767316) so that your interest can be noted.

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