In an earlier post (25th January) I wrote about all the marvellous supply of tools that were on their way to Kampala, supplied by TWAM (Tools With A Mission) -www.twam.co.uk. But I had not realised till recently that there is still no electricity at the SKILL Hostel, apart from three small solar panels. The local authority promised an electricity supply to the site months ago, but this has never happened.
So things like circular saws and electric drills and lathes will not be much use! The hand tools will of course be valuable.
But we have just heard that a joinery firm in Kilembe Quarters in the Kasese Industrial Area on the other side of Kasese, Thuthu Carpentry and Joinery, have agreed to accommodate these tools, and offer a one-year training course for the boys from SKILL.
Here are two members of the SKILL Board, Rev. Nelson Isebagheen and Mr Emmanuel Maate, with Enos Kibibi, and the director of Thuthu, Mr Siriru (in the hat). They were confirming the arrangements for this scheme.
What is particularly good is that Thuthu will not charge SKILL any rent for the room they will use.
The hand tools will remain at the SKILL Centre where the youngsters will learn the basics of carpentry, before they progress to learning to use the power tools.