Monday, 14 October 2013

Update And Pictures From Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda

Pathfinders playing with Kasese Humanist Primary School students. (Photo courtesy Bwambale Robert)
Almost two weeks ago, Bwambale Robert, director of the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda - bastion of freethought in a country soaked in religious superstition - sent me an update about the overall status of this Humanist project and all the great things the members of the Pathfinders Project are doing of the school and local community!

I was apparently too busy eating turkey (Canadian Thanksgiving) or ranting about other things to post it in a timely manner! So without further ado, here it is.
Normal lessons are being conducted at the school enrollment stands at 338 children and the number keeps on fluctuating. As you know we are a semi urban school where parents and guardians are always on the move, other parents fail as well to support their children and they drop out of school while others keep changing schools.
The Pathfinders project team serving at the school is doing a wonderful job and now in their 3rd week. They have a week to go as per their schedule where they will serve at Mustard Seed Secondary School in Kamuli, Eastern Uganda, which is also a Humanist School supervised by Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, a UK based charity.
Of course, by now they would have already done this. I will pass updates of this on when I get them. In the meantime, you can check out Pathfinder Conor Robinson's fantastic blog, Godless Pilgrim, which has excellent stories and captivating pictures like this one about his stay at the school and Uganda.

Children playing soccer at the Kasese Humanist Primary School. (source: Godless Pilgrim).
And apparently, the school is a positive role model for Humanism in Uganda! More from Bwambale's update:
Last weekend, together with the Pathfinders, we had a walk in the community where we visited more families of KHPS Children and distributed scholastic supplies to jubilant children who go to our school. The parents appreciated our action and promised to continue supporting the school as it has got good reputation in educating the children a balanced education. Our parents are now well versed with the school ethos of Humanism and science promotion among Uganda children. Others promised to convince more parents to give us children.
This shows the school is not only helping children but also spreading a positive image of Humanism in a country that is very very religious.
A KHPS child's parent greets the Pathfinders at his home. (Courtesy Bwambale Robert).
Bwambale also updated about the Kasese Humanist Botanical Gardens, which has suffered some setbacks.
The Kasese Humanist Botanical Gardens has had some setbacks for the past year as we have been experiencing harsh climatic conditions in Muhokya where I had planned it to serve well.  Right now I managed to get a new location along Kilembe Road which area is so conducive to support this project, the Pathfinders have toured this site and complimented that it suits the gardens.  I am doing all this to ensure I form a firm base in ensuring my projects in some years ahead to be self running, reliant and generate income to sustain the challenges we are encountering.  
This site has got 2 permanent streams, a hot spring and a reserved land for fish farming. At some time I will put their cottages and recreational facilities.
Palm trees growing in the Botanical Gardens. (Courtesy Robert Bwambale)
Bwambale has also built a guest house on some land to ensure volunteers have room and board. You can read about the current amenities available in Pathfinder Wendy's post Outdoor Showers and Squat Toilets. Things are still pretty basic, but Bwambale has plans to better furnish the houses and progress is  a cumulative thing.
Past volunteers left behind beds, fans and beddings. I am also within my reaches trying to furnish this guest house which we only serve visitors or volunteers to our projects.
Bwambale finished his update up with news about the school's new permanent site, upon which they intend to build new classrooms in the spring. We need a lot of help to get this project under way! You can learn more about it or donate here:

At the KHPS Permanent site, I am trying to pile up more sand and will keep on adding some bricks and marrum as I prepare for the construction exercise next year. The bushes which existed there are no more as the entire place is now support growth of green vegetables and short term crops temporarily. 
Any finally, the chickens are doing fine but prices have shot up on feed!
The Poultry project is doing fine and once in a while the children are being fed the eggs, one challenge we are encountering are the soar prices of poultry feeds which have shot up from the usual 34000 Shillings to 38000 Shillings for a 50 Kg sack.

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