Friday, 9 March 2012

A busy schedule taking shape

We are only going to be in Uganda for ten days - arrive on the evening of the 20th, leave on the morning of the 30th.
Then our time in the country includes almost two full days travelling between Entebbe and Kasese (8 hours' drive each way).
So we will have a total of three days in or around Kampala, and four days in and around Kasese!
Here is a list of engagements taking shape:
* Visiting the TWAM Warehouse in Nabulagale Road, Kampala: TWAM is Tools With A Mission ( They do wonderful work collecting unwanted tools in UK, refurbishing them, and sending them out to countries like Uganda. We hope that they will be able to supply tools of various kinds for our Street Kids to learn to use - woodwork, mechanics, etc.
* SKILL Hostel Opening, 24th March - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: We are really excited about this - seeing the progress on the building, and meeting the street kids again, and seeing them move in. 100 local community leaders are invited to the event, and they expect up to 50 street kids to be there. There will be singing and dancing, food, and lots of speeches - one of them by me! I am particularly wanting to say that we are now "passing on the torch" for the work to the Kasese local community (and I am taking an inflateable Olympic torch as a visual aid!).
* Preaching at All Saints' Church, Kasese: this is at the 7 a.m. English language service on Sunday 25th.
* Preaching at Rev. Nelson's church among the nomadic tribespeople near Nyakatonzi, about 50 km from Kasese. This is at 10.30 a.m. Mary will also speak to the women there - she is very nervous about that!
* Staying night with Rev. Nelson. (The other nights in Kasese we will stay with Mr Emmanuel Maate and family.)
* Visiting Busunga Primary School to form Link with Orton C of E Primary School, Cumbria, on Monday 26th, 9 a.m. (We are busy taking photographs, still and movie, of life in Orton School, so that we can show the staff and children at Busunga. We will do the same the other way round!)
* Meeting with Enos and the Executive Committee of SKILL: to discuss the future plans for the Hostel project.
* Visiting the Town Mayor of Kasese Municipality, in order to encourage the local authority to support SKILL in the future.
* Meeting the Bishop of South Rwenzori Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Jackson Nzerebende.
* Possibly visiting Women's Learning Centre where Mary gave instruction in needlework and various crafts in 2008 and 2010; and there are other people we would like to meet including two Facebook friends we have never met!
After returning to Kampala by bus on Wednesday 28th, we hope on Thursday 29th to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria - the one "holiday" activity we will have.
So it looks like being a busy and exhausting time for a pair of pensioners!

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