Showing posts with label kaseseland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kaseseland. Show all posts

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Classes Begin Tomorrow at New Kasese Humanist Primary School Site

The school has really come a long way! Classes scheduled to begin in earnest at new site, tomorrow.
Here's a quick update on the new Rukoki campus over at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda taken from a recent update on the school's Facebook page.

Classes begin full swing tomorrow at the school. Classrooms have now been mostly furnished. The furniture itself along with library shelves has been made in their own workshop.

Meanwhile, the other buildings on the campus are being connected to the electrical grid. Electricity was actually brought to the land via a fundraiser on this page back in 2013!

Here's a couple more photos of the school, which is painted in the official KHPS colours! Check out the stunning landscape!

I still cannot get over how far this school has come since almost precisely two years ago when School Director Bwambale wrote me about purchasing new land for the school!

Remember, you can help this project by donating at one of these locations!

(Paypal: Choose Kasese Option)


(Directed Donation at bottom of page.)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Construction Update from Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda

Masitaki Tresor the painter and employee ar KHPS

Here's the latest update on what's happening over at the Kasese Humanist Primary School over in Uganda.

Here's some sections of an email Bwambale Robert, school Director, sent me on May 25th.
I broadened the vocational workshop with an intention of connecting the units together in my attempts to form a perimeter wall around the school property. I am going to do this to curb trespassers and wrong elements who disguise as people going to River Nyamwamba to bath or collect water but instead having motives to spy around to look for anything handy to steal.

I will soon be stretching the wall from the just painted building to the school kitchen then in that regard I will have beefed up the eastern side of the property.
The school is also waiting for funds from Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and Humanist Canada to hopefully finish off the remaining partially built buildings. Please visit these to help this project out!
I know our followers might be asking themselves why am not putting the glasses (windows) on the already finished structures but the point is I will tackle this after I have sealed the units together however i plan to put first on our initial building soon.
Bwambale has also singled out one excellent employee at the school who has truly gone the extra mile to help this project become a success, Masitaki Tresor. You can also read some correspondence and more he's written to me in the past. THANK YOU Masitaki Tresor!
I am getting to you images of the School Hall and the 3 classrooms for the primary section which has just been painted and in this regard, I think Masitaki Tresor, the guy who looks after the KHPS poultry coop deserves a BIG THANK YOU! He has actively done a lot as far as KHPS classroom constructions and indeed I appreciate his service. He is the guy behind the painting works of the nursery block and now the School Hall plus the 3 units. I am attaching his photos showing him in action and I think the followers would be very happy reading about him.
Now here are some selected attached images.

Under coat painting in progress.

Masitaki Tresor applying paint.

Painting works in progress.

School Hall.

Mining sand along Nyamwamba River.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Video In Support of KHPS Fundraiser!

It's late but I think it's finally decent enough to post. Who knew video editing was so time consuming!

Awhile back, Meredith Doig sent me a great slideshow she put together of pictures she took while visiting the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. I was inspired by this and decided to make my first ever video. I have a new found respect for anyone using iMovie.

Luckily, for everyone, Shelley Segal very nicely offered to donate any of her songs for the project. So I chose Gratitude off her An Atheist Album.

Then Conor Robinson and Wendy Webber from the Pathfinders Project nicely donated some images!

I even got School Director Bwambale Robert to contribute images and take new video of the grounds! I'm such a rabble rouser!

Anyway, here's my video. I hope it helps get the word out a little farther.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Uganda Humanist School: Construction Begins On Nursery!

Day four of KHPS Nursery building construction.
Awesome news from Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. Although the total fundraising target has not yet been met ($5,495/$35,000), a portion of the money raised so far has been forwarded to the school in advance.

So construction of the school's new permanent home Rukoki, northeast of Kasese, Uganda has begun!

I'll be including some extracts from e-mails I have received from Bwambale Robert, Director of the school.

So as of this post, we are just complete day four of construction of the second building on the new site - the nursery. Construction on this building has been started in advance of the planned March 2014 date because of a tangible need in the region for its services by local parents. Bwambale has been able to secure some 60,000 bricks, sand and murram.
The locals were more interested in seeing a school operate in their area. This has motivated me to listen to the locals and act as a responsible citizen after all some funds to facilitate this activity are available. However, we might manage to put a few classrooms and as our fundraiser is still at large and moving slowly, we remain optimistic and do encourage more people to support this cause.
Builders taking initial measurements and defining borders on day one.
The idea here is that as more people in the world humanist and atheist community see the real life progress made in this project. Hopefully this will bring more momentum to the fundraising effort and hopefully things will pick up and maintain steam.

The project is ambitious and this is merely the second building in a planned campus that will provide a secular education for local children from nursery to primary levels. This would make it the only Humanist school in the region offering these early childhood services -- if not in the whole country, as I know of no other Humanist school in Uganda offering early childhood education based solely on science and humanism without religious bias.

Recently drafted building plans submitted, the city authorities gave Bwambale the go ahead to put up the buildings on the property.
As we intend to put in place classrooms all the way from Nursery and Primary Section, I have been compelled to begin by constructing the first building to house the nursery section which is distributed into 3 classrooms: Baby, Middle and Upper Class. The room sizes have been set to standard as required by the Uganda Education Ministry and will be accommodating 50 children per classroom.A provision of a resting room and playing material area will be made.

The foundation takes definite shape on day two.

The work is being undertaken by a local group of young men mostly belonging to the Kasese United Humanist Association. As such, they are highly motivated to do excellent work. This is truly Humanism in Action!

As you might expect, this humanist organization is keeping costs down by literally doing this themselves! They are also saving money by using as many local building materials as possible.
These guys have a great experience in building and construction and as you might see in the photos we are using local available material murram to join bricks, we shall however apply cement when we reach window levels and on corners and mandatory we shall but a ring beam after the windows level which will be made from mixing gravel, cement and sand.
More work on the foundation level.

Bwambale continues to mention some construction details that I must admit I know very little about. Suffice it to say, they have ordered cement and will be using it to make sure higher levels of the building as more secure than what murram can offer. One hundred bags of cement, in fact.

Actual walls take shape above the elevated foundation. The murram is the reddish brown goop on the lower left.

For those of you who may be seeing this project for the first time, Bwambale was also nice enough to summarize it as well.
The classroom construction exercise aims at putting in place 10 decent classrooms and 3 toilets plus a kitchen at the permanent site. If all goes well at this site before February 2014, then the locals in this area may start to benefit from our services in our long journey of promoting free thought, reason and science among Ugandans through education.
If you would like to be part of this, check out the fundraiser.

Buttress-like pillars are being added to the side of the building (see right) for extra support.

And I do realize that some of you would probably prefer to donate via PayPal without having to log in with Facebook or your e-mail and password. You can do this directly at Atheist Alliance International!

Remember to specify you're donating to Kasese Humanist Primary School!

Naturally, I'm biased towards people using my own fundraiser. Besides, it offers a publicly visible fundraiser tracker to show people where we're at. But in the end, the fundraiser and the PayPal link end up going to the same place!

Porter wheels wheel barrel on day four. Check out the building to the right.
In fact, Atheist Alliance International has so far sent two $4,000 transfers to the school. Some of this money has come from this blog's fundraiser itself!  While other money has come in directly to the AAI website and through other charitable sources. It's this injection of money that has enabled this construction to begin right now.
Atheist Alliance International has so far sent in 2 big transfers totaling US$ 8000. These funds are making difference in transforming people's lives mostly our children who have benefited a lot  by getting a balanced secular education, exposure to computer lessons, egg nutrition, vocational skills and letter writing programs.
Thanks to all the fantastic donors -- across multiple secular organizations! -- who have helped this school flourish in Uganda!

I am getting to you this picture of the structure at the close of  today  (Day 4). We are halfway done on window level and if all goes well, we shall finalize the entire window level, then next step is to fix ring beam possibly on Friday or Saturday.
I know it can sound a little cliche but it's true. With a simple click of a button, you can directly affect the lives of hundreds of Kasese school children, their families and their community.

It really doesn't take much to do great things.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Architectural Drawings Of New Humanist School In Uganda!

Artist's rendering of new Kasese Humanist Primary School buildings. 
(oblique view)
Today, Director of the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda, Bwambale Robert, sent me the architect's renderings of construction plans for the new school.

This project relies on donations to the Build a Humanist School fundraiser. Please go check it out!

These drawings come the same week that the school bought the necessary bricks to begin construction. Remember, you can follow this story using this label.

So here are the renderings along with some of the e-mail Robert sent me!
I am getting to you the artistic impression of the planned structures to be erected on the KHPS land. I am using a local experienced architect to do the work of generating a building plan for the classrooms, administration block and the nursery section.
Because the fundraiser is still just over $5,000 out of the total required $35,000, construction will begin in phases and I'm hoping that the cumulative achievement will build enthusiasm and momentum moving forward.
However, as the fundraiser is moving the way it is, we shall build the whole stuff in phases. The Building Plan is to be out in 2 weeks time and the whole design is depicted in the artistic impression attached.
Of course, these drawings are not 100% precise. The roofing will not be shingle. It will be more durable painted corrugated iron sheets.

All of this is an effort to make the school more self-reliant and less dependent on external entities. By owning their own land and building, the school can have more control over its future and more resources will be freed up for valuable community services.
The architect is doing the work for 400$ and I have paid the half. I will finalize as I go pick the plan when it's been approved by the municipal authorities here.

Front of building has Administration Block.

View of interior court yard and the Primary School section.

Side view of Administration Block, Primary School section and Nursery School section.

Monday, 11 November 2013

New Design Lab For Kasese Humanist Primary School & Other News!

Ssenfuka Warry of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARU) making a
presentation at the IHEYO Regional African Working Group
Meeting and Training on October 25th.
A few days ago, I reported that Atheist Alliance International (AAI) wired the first $4,000 from the ongoing fundraiser to build new classrooms for the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda.

Well, I had promised to also share School Director Robert Bwambale's updates on other important goings on at the school in the past couple of weeks.

The first exciting news is a new design lab funded primarily by Swinburne University who have extensively helped the school in the past.
"A design lab plus a computer room will be constructed on the same property. Our friends at Swinburne University have supported the school with some funds that can aid us in erecting a structure purposely to serve this.  
"This means that KHPS pupils will continue conducting computer lessons and vocational skills training. When the design laboratory is finalized it will serve both KHPS children and some locals who are interested in learning practical skills in the fields of tailoring, fine art, welding and craft making."
Bwambale also gives a short update on the chicken coop (Poultry Project), which was constructed with fundraiser just last year. It has been instrumental in providing the school children with extra protein - in the form of eggs - and eggs to sell back to the community.

However, the cost for feed has shot up dramatically recently which is putting stress on the project.
As for the chicken coop, all is moving on well with the chickens. But there was nearly two weeks without eggs. When I contacted the poultry advisers in the area, they told me that moments like this do happen occasionally. Right now, the eggs are coming ranging from 15 - 25 per day. However, one bad thing is that the cost of poultry feeds for layer chickens have shot up dramatically from 34000 UGX in the past months, to 38000 UGX as of last month.  Right now, in November, it's at 44000 UGX. I hope donors can study and analyze the changes.  The main cause of this is the high tax burden imposed on local items in the form of a VAT.
Bwambale also gave me a short update about the recent IHEYO East African Regional Conference and Training which included presentations from Freedom and Roam Uganda:
Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) is a Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) organization which was established in 2003 by a group of fully fledged lesbians who were constantly harassed, insulted and discriminated by a misinformed society and who were touched by the plight of their sisters and brothers of the same sex orientation.
In Kampala, Uganda! These people have guts and their site is worth checking out. Here's a short description Bwambale sent me about the overall conference.
I am informing our followers that last month, I attended the IHEYO East African Regional Conference and Training and I had the chance to meet with several humanists, atheists and free thinkers from all over East Africa, South Sudan and Rwanda and that the conference ended well. I was voted in as the Country Coordinator to coordinate Uganda Humanist Groups under the IHEYO African Working Group. IHEYO in full means the International Humanist Ethical Youth Organization, its a youth wing of the International Humanist & Ethical Union (IHEU).
Congratulations, Bwambale! You can read a more full account of the conference at this Kasese Universal Humanist Association (KUHA) blog post.

As mentioned previously in this blog, construction on the new classrooms is slated to begin in March. However, some construction may begin a little earlier to accommodate parents in the Rukoki religion around the school. They are already eager to send their children to the new school!
As per our earlier plans to commence constructions in March, (which is not very far off), I was of the view that if all goes well, we commence a bit earlier. The locals in the area of Rukoki, where the permanent site is located, need our services and are promising to give us their children.  Even a portion of the children who are currently at the railway campus are keenly waiting for this school to come nearer to them.
To all friends and well-wishers of KHPS, I thank you for your support and remain dedicated to lifting high the banner of KHPS however we still need more friends, so help and spread the message.
I know I've said it a thousand times before, but I'll say it again. One way to help the school at this time is to share the fundraiser on your social media or spread the link any way you can!

Friday, 8 November 2013

AAI Wires First $4000 To Humanist School In Uganda For New Classrooms Construction!

Bricks are already bering assembled at the new site in anticipation of a 
March construction start. You can see the only existing building on site, 
building one, on the upper-left.
It may seem quiet, but there is actually a lot of activity going on at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda!

I will write a more detailed report of things this weekend, but for now I'd like to announce some good news!

I just got word a few days ago that Neil Ross, Treasurer over at Atheist Alliance International, wired $4000 to the school. 

This is money raised from the fundraiser to help the school construct new permanent structures on recently acquired land.

I asked Neil to break the numbers down for me and here's his e-mail response.
Last month we received two checks from Network for Good, one for $3491 and one for $571. I have also now deposited another two checks from Network for Good for $71 and $628. I will add this to other directed funds we have received through the AAI Foundation and make an additional transfer soon (I aim to do the transfers in larger amounts to minimize the impact of the wire transfer fee).
Bwambale Robert, School Director, has already collected sand from a recent flood in the region (did not affect school land) and has already acquired some bricks in hopes of being able to begin construction in March.
I am updating you plus the rest of donors towards the progress made on the KHPS land in regard to classroom construction preparations. 
I have secured some good number of bricks and piled them on the site that might start off 5 classrooms though our main interest is to have the 10 classrooms so we can run all the classes on the property.
I'm also happy to report that the fundraiser has reached the $5,000 mark as of yesterday!

I'll update everyone more this weekend about some of the other goings on at the school. But for now if you're interested in learning how you could chip in, please visit the fundraiser website!

Monday, 9 September 2013

RSA President Meredith Doig Visits Kasese Humanist Primary School

Rationalist Society of Australia president Dr. Meredith
Doig addressing some of the KHPS staff during her visit.
There's more going on at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. Rationalist Society of Australia President, Meredith Doig, dropped in for a visit.

School Director Bwambale Robert wrote:
She had chance to meet a section of children in Grade 7 who are having their holiday revision lessons at the school who were happy to receive her, she also met the teaching staff who are currently doing their schemes of work and lesson planning as they prepare for what to teach in the coming term commencing September 16th 2013.
Dr. Meredith was shown around to see what's going on at the school.  She visited the school library, computer room, chicken coop and school dormitory and inspected the classrooms. She also had a simple chat with both the teachers and the children.
I also caught up with Meredith via e-mail and she had this to say.
Our visit to the school was unscheduled, as my friend Denis and I were just returning from seeing the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and I saw at the last minute that we would be passing through Kasese. 
Bwambale was gracious enough to meet with us and introduce us to the Headmaster David, the staff of 14 teachers and a class of students. 
As President if the Rationalist Society if Australia, I knew of Bwambale's great work and we had previously donated some of our journals and Freethought books.
Meredith herself is a supporter of both the school and the ongoing fundraiser to build classrooms on the new land. Her and I are planning to work together to help the school however we can moving forward.

Remember that one way you can help the school is by donating to construct classrooms on their newly bought land.

Another very real way you can help is to spread the word to as many people as you can!  Thanks!

Children at Kasese Humanist School
I've started a fundraiser to help build classrooms on newly purchased land for the Kasese Humanist Primary School.

Please consider donating!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Kasese Humanist Primary School: The Lights Are On!

I think you can tell from this picture just how dark it
gets at night in Kasese. Well, it seems dark to this city
dweller who's used to tonnes of light pollution.
School Director Bwambale Robert sent me a quick e-mail to let me know the power company has finally completed their work. The existing building on the new land now has power.

'I am emailing briefly to notify you, the donors and friends of Kasese Humanist Primary School that the KHPS Property was yesterday evening connected to the power grid. 

'This is a positive development as having power at the site is a greater achievement for the school as it will serve several roles ranging from beefing up security, running construction equipment where possible, adding value to the property and solving the future school electricity needs in structures to be constructed.'

Remember, it was blog readers like you and other generous donors who helped make this whole thing possible with a fundraiser just this spring! The next step is to begin constructing new school classrooms on this land. See below for how you can help!

Here's a picture of the breaker box and power meter. There appears to be two breakers for this circuit.

I've got more updates to make about the school in the coming days!  Remember, the Pathfinders Project will be arriving at the school on September 11th and the school term recommences on September 16th!

Children at Kasese Humanist School
I've started a fundraiser to help build classrooms on newly purchased land for the Kasese Humanist Primary School.

Please consider donating!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Guest Post In The Friendly Atheist Blog!

Kasese student Wyclif, 7, is exceptional at English.  Everyone
calls him grandfather because he looks quite old for his age.
As most of you probably know, I've been busy lately promoting a new fundraiser to build classrooms on Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda.

Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) was kind enough to let me post a guest post on his blog!  Go check it out if you haven't yet!

Help Build a Humanist School In Uganda!

Thanks to Hemant for allowing me to guest post in his awesome blog! And if you don't regularly read his blog, then why not?

Friday, 26 July 2013

The Rails Come Off Ugandan Humanist School & Help Build New Classrooms!

The national railway company is pulling (image: Bwambale Robert) out old rails with plans to revitalize Uganda's rail system through Kasese.
The national railway company is pulling (image: Bwambale Robert) out
old rails with plans to revitalize Uganda's rail system through Kasese. It
may end up hauling passengers and freight right alongside the school's
existing grounds.
Here's a quick update on things going on at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda.

Some progress has been made getting electricity to the only existing building on the new land. This work has already been paid for with a successful electrification fundraiser.

School Director Bwambale Robert reports that UMEME, the Ugandan electricity distribution company, has cleared the bushes along the path the power line with pass. It has also apologized for delays in receiving wires and poles. Things are expected to be resolved hopefully by this week.

In other news, it looks like the old railroad station which is the school's current home is losing its railway tracks.

The Uganda Railway Company is digging up the old existing tracks from the school site, loading them into trucks along with underground tanks and rail slippers and taking them away. I have no idea what a rail slipper is but the pictures make me want to visit Uganda.

Bwambale explains the motives:
They say they are cleaning off these rails as they plan to put fresh ones in some years ahead. Currently the Ugandan government has plans to construct a modern railway network to serve Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
If the government chooses to run new rails over where the old ones were, it will make for a very different school grounds than now. I have no idea what this will do for noise on the grounds nor how it may affect the safety of some of these very small children in the nursery school. I suppose we'll need to keep an eye on this.

I asked Bwambale if this move by the government could lead to eviction of the school from its currently rented railroad company owned land and buildings.
About our school status at the railway site, I got chance and met the Chief Civil Engineer and the Chief Internal Auditor and they assured me that the school will not be affected but instead allowed the school management to expand on its boundaries and put hedges all over the school premises and playground to curb land grabbing which is common in Kasese.
After some e-mail correspondence, Bwambale assured me that some significant notice would need to be given to the school to allow them to re-locate.

Still, none of this would be an issue if classrooms could be built on the new land the school has acquired - which does not have railway tracks or possibly a railroad! running through it! Building permanent classrooms for the school on land it owns in a peaceful, quiet region near a clean river makes lots of sense!

Please support the fundraiser to build new classrooms for the Kasese Humanist Primary School!  See below!

Children standing in front of Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda.
I've started a fundraiser to help build classrooms on newly purchased land for the Kasese Humanist Primary School.

Please consider donating!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

New Crops Planted At Humanist School in Uganda

Building One of new site with crops growing around it.
Life has been really swamping me lately. It's been over a week since my last post.

It's mostly house renovations that have morphed into house repairs. Just trying to get these contractors to call back has really got me down. And then there's not having a kitchen anymore.

Anyway, enough whining! Here's another update from Kasese Humanist Primary School Director Bwambale Robert. He starts out with an update on getting building one powered up.

We left off with the wiring being done within the building.  Now we're waiting for the building to be connected with the electrical grid.  Here's an update I got last Friday (June 21st):
I yesterday received a telephone call from a Umeme Official. They said next week they will be working on my order and that most of their technical work was hampered by the Kilembe Floods event.  The Umeme Team and the Electricity Transmission team all had to join hands and assist the Kilembe Mines Team in repairing the damaged lines. I am, however, optimistic that they will come and erect the two poles and then we get lighted up next week.
Bwambale has also started some gardening around the new building. He has engaged some of the locals to grow cabbages, tomatoes, pumpkins, green peppers and plantains.  All of these crops will be donated to the school to supplement the children's diets.

Plantains growing onsite.

And the chicken coop is doing fine too!
As with the poultry chicken.  I am reporting that they are also doing fine and eggs are being released on a daily basis and this week we supplied to three classes. I am attaching several photos of the KHPS Site and some of the chicken for our followers to keep informed.
Chickens from the poultry project.
Bwambale also included a picture of all the sand he procured along the banks of the river to runs alongside the land. It will be used in the construction of future school buildings.

How can you help, you ask?  Make a donation on the school's behalf to Atheist Alliance International!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

News From Kasese Humanist Primary School In Uganda

Students raising their hands at KHPS
KHPS students raise their hands during an assembly on Friday at the end of this second term's first week.
(photo: Bwambale Robert).

There is a lot going on at the Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS) in Uganda and it's been awhile since my last update. The two main focal points of activity are the new KHPS permanent site electrification project and the severe flooding at affected Kilembe, which is just northwest of Kasese. Apologies for the length of this post. I'm relaying some news that School Director Bwambale Robert has e-mailed me over the past few weeks.

School Update & How You Can Help

The school opened up for its second term of the year on May 27th. This past Friday, the school completed its first week of the second term of the year. Enrollment is up to 225 pupils at the school and the number is expected to rise in the coming weeks. In his e-mail, Bwambale thanked all of the atheists and Humanists out there who have stood together with us in an effort to avail a balanced education that is free from dogma, indoctrination and fairy tales.

Not that I have anything against fairly tales per se. They are part of any culture. But the unproven mythologies of religion should not be taught as absolute truth.

Bwambale also informs me that, due to poverty in the region, there has been an increase in the number of parents unable to keep up with school fees.  Due to a lack of funding in the last term, there was a shortfall in funding. He notes that this somewhere affects day to day operations of the school. However we are designing measures to encourage the parents to be paying in time.

Remember you can check out the school's page here and make a donation to the school's daily operations by donating through Atheist Alliance International! Every cent counts.


(photo: Bwambale Robert)

A Special Donor

On May 19th, Bwambale informed me of a major contribution by a private donor earmarked for the construction of classrooms on KHPS' new permanent site:
Hi Sean, as I wait for the Electricity guys to bring the poles to the KHPS Property, I have received some good news from a generous donor from Germany by the name of  Jörg Schnückel who has donated 1200$ through AAI Paypal towards the KHPS Project, these fund are earmarked for the classroom construction project and is a good start of our next fundraiser.
Thanks so much for your help, Jörg!

UMEME receipt
Electrification Project

The two power poles required to bring electricity to the recently repaired building one on the school's new permanent site have been fully paid for. However, it looks like we will need to wait awhile for them to be installed as it is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Bwambale also let me know that the special department within Uganda's power company that deals with pole installation is UMEME.

So far, everything has been paid for. Now we're just waiting for the truck to show up with the poles.

Broken bridge in Kilembe
Damaged bridge in Kilembe (photo: Bwambale Robert).
Flooding in Kilembe

Bwambale has also informed me that the Nyamwamba River (which passes alongside the new permanent school site) has now finally receded and there is no longer any flooding in the region.

Although the situation in Kasese is calm and normal, there are still Kilembe locals who were displaced by the floods and are living in camps. Others have made their way back to the hills if their houses did not succumb to the mudslides.

The school is helping displaced children and families by offering free education for those children who are temporarily  housed in the Kasese suburbs until the end of school year.  
[The] school management offered 10 free scholarships to children from Kilembe who were affected by the floods and the children have been accommodated into the school and have reported for the new term.
In related news, the sand mining business has taken a hit due to the flooding in the region, which has deposited a substantial amount of sand along the river banks.

Walking along the river after the flood.
After the flood (photo: Bwambale Robert).
Here's some news on the local hospital that took on very bad damage during the flooding and had to be evacuated completely, local fears of another flood and costly structural damage.
The outpatients unit at Kilembe Mines Hospital is going to open this coming week. People are still living in fear as they are still worried of another nasty experience especially when it rains. When I was there, it rained terribly but surprisingly when I reached Kasese it was dry. The Nyamwamba River has gone down and one may think it's a small river. The main bridge at Katiri which connects Lower Kilembe to Upper Kilembe areas of Katiri, Kanyaruboga, Bulembia and Kyanjuki is still in bad shape and I wondered what the government is waiting for to repair it. 
These updates came into my e-mail box while I was moving house (May 15th - June 1st), so it's taken me this long to read and report them. Thanks so much to Bwambale for keeping me informed and I'm happy to pass on his news to my readers!

Oh, and in case anyone wondered... the chickens and the coop are doing just fine!

Boy running alongside derelict houses in Kilembe.
(photo: Bwambale Robert)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Kasese Humanist Primary School Tree Planting Exercise And First Fundraiser Goal Met!

KHPS students standing infront of building one on the newly purchased land. The successful fundraiser now allows
the school to bring electricity to this first building, which will provide power for tools in March 2014, the projected
construction start month for new buildings on the land.
Last month, I set up a mini fundraiser to provide needed funds to the school for the installation of power poles and electrical lines from the Kasese power grid to the existing building on the land.  As of this morning, due to a sizeable anonymous donation, our goal was met!

I'll make more announcements in the coming days about when the power poles will be installed!


Remember also that if you wish to contribute to the ongoing operation of the school, any donation can be routed through Atheist Alliance International paypal link:

There will be a much larger follow-up fundraiser to raise funds for the construction of new buildings on the land. But the success of this fundraiser is an important first step to making the new school happen!

And now, more great updates from Bwambale Robert, Project Director of the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda!

On Thursday April 18th, nearly sixty students at the school participated in a tree planting exercise on the thely acquired land which is destined to be the school's permanent home.
The children were so excited to learn of the news that this is going to be a future permanent home of the school in future. They posed for a photograph at the recently plastered building within the property. There are some plantains, pumpkins, pepper and mangoes and the kids tried their luck and took what was available.
The students left the current school grounds in the evening, led by Bwambale and accompanied by the School Head Teacher and three other members of the teaching staff. They proceeded by foot alongside the Kasese Fort Portal Highway, purchased a number of seedlings from a nearby nursery, passed the Majengo-Rukoki trading center and headed to the new school property.
Each child planted a tree in a hole and the trees will be looked after such that they grow and as its rainy season now, there are high chances that they will grow up. This exercise took close to two hours.

The purpose of the trees along the Nyamwamba river banks is to curb soil erosion, provide shade and fresh air, to add to the beauty of the scenery plus many other uses. This exercise is going to continue in more weeks to come.

A fundraising campaign is in progress as the school management tries to mobilize for resources to put up classroom blocks on the site and all well wishers and friends of Kasese Humanist Primary School are encouraged to support us materially, financially or morally such that we succeed in commencing bigger construction works in March 2014. 

As I mentioned above, the first fundraiser to connect the existing building to the national power grid is a success!  More fundraisers are now planned to facilitate the construction of new buildings on this land for the school.  Stay tuned!

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