Snapshots from Sue and Stan - back at WTA
Elspeth Dugdale | June 5, 2016
We arrived back in Uganda on the afternoon of Monday 23rd, having left Gatwick on the 22nd and travelling via Dubai, so when we arrived we were already tired. Fortunately dear Yasin collected us, drove us from Entebbe, through Kampala and out on the road north to Lukomera, we arrived here just as it was getting dark.
On Tuesday morning we were eager to see the new building work at the school, we knew about it but it was so exciting to actually see it – new classrooms almost ready for S4A and S4B, next to the new staff room. Good decision as S4 are historically the most challenging (and yet rewarding!) year group – think back to when you were in the 4th year/Year 10 and you will understand what we mean!
In addition there is a new A Level block for S5 and S6 Arts and Sciences, plus their own senior latrine block, and last but not least a rubbish sorting area – the tidiness around the site is already noticeable.
Term Two starts on Monday June 6th, there are already people on site. New staff at The Rock – clinical officer Derrick, nurse/midwife Peace and lab assistant Milly – under the management of Annet, Charles' wife. They have been busy through the holidays as the Rock remains open to treat the local community. The Bridge has also remained open with holiday club and is also being used for computer lessons and revision base for local students from other schools.
Some surprise welcome faces have been a group of the science students who have stayed behind through the school holidays to revise, helped by some of the science teachers. They have even been cooking their own posho and beans as the school kitchen is not manned during the holidays. Now that's commitment!
A terrific storm on Sunday evening brought down an electricity pole at the school, power went off and UMEME tell us it will be at least 3 days to get it back on again. Usually no problem as we can use the generator, but it 'refused'! Hence you will see 'cooking and eating with a head torch' photos – reminded us of British camping – without needing coats!
We have been so blessed to have extended leave at home and have been fed both spiritually and bodily – in fact we have been loved so much it was clearly noticeable when we arrived back – the first comment was, ''Madam Sue you are now somewhat fat and looking very healthy''. Of course in Uganda that is very much a compliment; being 'somewhat thin' is an indication of being poor or being in poor health. No craze for being 'beach body ready' here!
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1 Timothy 6:6- 7