£44,270 during this financial year.
has seen Luke Pye from Ludgvan go to Kisoro and visit all of our
schools. This was the fifth time he had visited the area and he
is very familiar with ACE's work. He stayed for five weeks and
wrote a very detailed report about his findings which updated
our information and gave us a good working document. Unfortunately,
when he arrived, the education office were in the middle of moving
a huge number of teachers to different schools, which meant that
many schools were without the correct number of teachers. It has
been a situation that has caused problems throughout the year.
and communities are now starting building projects themselves
and ask the charity to help at a later stage, so this is a huge
step forward and we help if funds allow. We have always said that
ACE's work is a partnership and that the schools and communities
need to take ownership. This is now happening.
still concerns over girls' education. Following a workshop for
our senior women teachers to learn how to make reusable sanitary
towels, we piloted a scheme at Rurembwe Primary School, as they
already have a girls' room. Alice, the senior teacher, was supplied
with materials and taught her senior girls how to make the towels,
and gave them enough material to take home to teach their mothers.
Unfortunately in the Education office's movement of teachers she
was moved to a different school. This has meant that we have been
unable to assess the success of the project.
last year, Nyarasunzu still gives cause for concern as there are
still issues in Congo which mean refugees use the school. The
UN uses the school as a holding centre before the refugees are
moved to the nearest camp. This puts a huge strain on latrines,
water and classrooms. This school is also still short of staff
which the education office has promised to address. It is very
difficult to get staff as the school is so remote.
has continued to work in ACE schools. He has continued with a
tree planting programme and in most schools this has been hugely
successful. He has also been educating the schools and communities
in environmental matters. Denis has also started a vegetable growing
programme within most of the schools. In order to widen the children's
understanding of their local environment and environmental issues,
the schools within walking distance have been taken to Mgahingha
National Park where the rangers have been helping them to understand
their wider environment.
supporters have helped us make events successful with many activities
including George Pye running the London Marathon and Casey Stroud
doing the London Triathlon. Both of these supporters raised a
lot of money for ACE. Pam Furby had a Studio Open Day again this
year and Marion Brocket did a sponsored walk along the Test Way.
A fun dog
show was held earlier in the year and various organisations have
donated money after I have given a talk.
I have not
mentioned all of the individuals who continue to support and all
of the hardworking people who we rely on to make ACE so successful,
but my thanks go to all of them. Our Newmill Open Gardens Day
proved to be a success again and we were blessed with fine weather.
Once again my thanks go to the people who make the day so wonderful.
This day is so dependent on the hard work and support of many
continues to support us in Scarborough and arranged a number of
fundraising events as well as doing talks to raise awareness about
ACE. She also has various friends who now offer their support.
collection days have amounted to 2 this year so we have raised
less through this avenue.
£625 was raised
by Humphry Davy school and this bought, pens, pencils, exercise
books and footballs for all schools.
Due to the
hard work and support of our supporters we have been able to -
school inspector, who liaises with the schools over PLE results
and checks the background of potential sponsored students, had
a lot of problems last year. Bcause of this we have reluctantly
decided to suspend our sponsorship scheme this year. This year
our A level students achieved highly and 4 of them were offered
government sponsored places at university, two of these being
at Makerere in Kampala. This is known as the best university in
Uganda. These 4 needed help to get started and will need small
amounts to help them through the next 3 years but the government
pays for their tuition, accommodation and food. This is a wonderful
situation that we had never thought our students would be in.
Fortunately sponsors stepped forward and helped them, so now all
4 have started their courses. One of these students is Boniconsira
- our first girl to be given a university place. Meanwhile our
other university students are doing well and Steven and Bennon
have now finished their teacher training and graduate in December.
All of us here at ACE as well as the students are so grateful
for the future they have been given. My thanks go to Janet Pye
for running this scheme to Dan from Vision for his close contact
and concern about the students and to the sponsors for their continued
support of the students.
our representative in Uganda, continues to be invaluable to ACE.
He writes excellent reports which keep us informed. He liaises
closely with heads and local communities, as well as the building
contractor we use. He has an excellent relationship with our sponsored
students whom he meets with regularly. His record keeping proves
invaluable to our treasurer for her to satisfy independent examiners.
He is a much valued member of our team and his advice on local
issues is very important.
also, as always, to the people mentioned below -
- treasurer and trustee. Bette spends many hours keeping ACE books
detailed and immaculate.
- our minutes secretary and trustee.
- trustee who runs our 200 club and keeps our website updated
and also helps to put information on our Facebook page to enable
us to reach more people.
- trustee who runs our sponsorship scheme.
- trustee / secretary.
- trustee who supports all events.
to all of them for their continued support and tireless work