Friday, 18 August 2017

A new teacher at Bridget's Crane Academy school

This is Bridget's new teacher, Olivia, helping pupils in class at the Crane Academy for Infants in Uganda.

Several years ago Bridget started her own nursery school in the house of her sister in Kampala. It has grown and now has three or four classrooms. Many schools in Uganda are private schools as the government has failed to keep up with the increasing population and the gap is filled by the private sector. Bridget has been extremely enterprising to get her school to grow as it has.

Bridget was at Lutengo school with Harriet and was the second female student supported by the Guildford Mukono Link through university.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Farming Skills Workshop

I was very impressed by the knowledge the teachers brought to the workshop.

Mercy, from Busenya, brought a banana 'bowl' and a banana tree and showed how suckers could be cultivated.

Mercy showed how drainage ditches could be placed to collect the most amount of water.

She also described how manure can be made in pits.

Douglas explained how fertilizer can be made by fermenting tree leaves.

Suitable crops were discussed. 

Busenya's farm should become a model farm. Advice is given by a Governor and the children will be very proud of what they have achieved.

St Andrew's School grows food in grow-bags.

*** To revive school farms in Mukono district the schools need:

Hoes - at 1,000 UgX each (£0.21 in British money).

Forked hoes - at 20,000 to 25,000 UgX each (£4.20 in British money).

Rakes - at 15,000 UgX each (£3.15 in British money).

Watering cans - at 10,000 UgX each (£2.10 in British money).

Spades - at 10,000 UgX each (£2.10 in British money).

Spray cans - at 60,000 UgX each (£12.60 in British money).

Wheelbarrows - at 60,000 UgX each (£12.60 in British money).
A padlock.

A one-off supply of seeds would kick-start LunchForAll.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Fund raising dinner in Guildford on Monday 18th September at 7.00

All supporters are invited to our annual fund-raising dinner in Guildford.

It will be a great opportunity to meet other supporters and to hear about the many developments we have supported in Mukono schools.

We hope you will be able to come. Please let Tamsy know on: 


See you!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Many changes at Mbalala!

Dear Douglas,
This year has seen many changes at Mbalala: clean latrine, new fuel efficient stove 
and a water harvesting scheme which I hope will provide water for your saplings
and the school farm and even the cow as well.

The sports programme has also been taking place at Namawojollo and St

I heard you had done amazingly well in the district sports, or even
nationally. With your small school the results say so much about you as
a coach. Please congratulate the team for us! ...

This is the first year that the Sports Project has been run under the
new system and we want it to be a success.

We are hoping to get some new footballs to you.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,



Saturday, 8 July 2017

Lutengo United School developments

Alison Hall, from Seeds for Development, writes: "I went to Lutengo United Secondary School this morning. 

It is the holidays so no-one was there.

They are growing maize and sweet potatoes for the children.

Douglas wasn't at the school so we went to his house to find him.

He had planted twenty eucalyptus trees from the project and all were doing well in his compound.

He was just back from the District Sports, where Mukono came 11th out of around 63 districts.

Next from Douglas to Edward, via the sugar cane, where we met this woman wearing one of our Guildford Mukono Link t-shirts.

The chicken house we subsidized now has a roof, and Edward is hoping to add some chickens soon!

He said that he struggled with the rafters but has put them in now.

This is the bore hole that we have both made happen. 

Tamsy contributed to replacing the broken plastic pipes with metal ones. 

Alison funded the fixing of the hole and, when we tested it, it was working beautifully!"


Teachers from Uganda refused visas

'International' recognition must be an initiative to get schools in different countries to work together and understand each other's cultures through projects worked by each school.

Tamsy met with Milo, the teacher at Guildford County School with responsibility for the Link at Guildford County School. Milo is keen to make Guildford County school an 'international' school. 

He  had hoped to plan this work during the visit of the headteacher of the partner school but the headteacher, Julius, and his teachers failed to get visas.

"Jessica informed us the week before their arrival date, 29th June, that they still did not have their visas." 

The visas were expected on 27th June. It seems that Julius only applied for the visas on 6th June, leaving no time for appeals.

Tamsy had sent her invitation letters in February but has discovered recently that much more information is now required, like proof of her address and ability to financially look after them. 

The reason for refusal seems to be that Tamsy could not guarantee that they would return to Uganda. 

She feels ashamed of her country for taking such an attitude but, unfortunately, that does not help the situation.

Julius informed her on Wednesday that the visas had been refused, and, sadly, the visit will not now take place.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Worplesdon Primary School is funding two children's schooling in Mukono

Alistair Parsons, the headteacher of Worplesdon Primary School, near Guildford, has told us that his school will be fund raising to pay the school fees of two children at Mukono Boarding School.

The school plans that each year group will fund one child in the future.

'In 2009 we were looking for an opportunity to make a partnership with a school in a different part of the world with a completely different culture and environment so our children could learn about and appreciate the differences and compare the cultures. 

Through the Guildford-Mukono link I made contact with Susan Wamala the Head of Mukono Boarding School. This was the start of an ever deepening relationship where the children have been motivated to help improve the facilities at the school, learn about the region and the lives of the children that live their and exchange letters and information. 

Every year through grants from the British Council we have been able to take part in reciprocal visits by staff from the two schools.'

Worplesdon Primary School


Monday, 26 June 2017

Godalming nursery school to link with Crane Academy in Uganda

Some good news is that the Nursery and Preschool Major Minors in Godalming are to Link with the Crane Academy for Infants in Uganda which Bridget has started.

Bridget was at Lutengo school with Harriet and was the second female student supported by the Guildford Mukono Link through university.