ACE Visit to Uganda 2006
 

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Angela and Vic Peake visited the Ugandan schools in October 2006, taking a party from Mounts Bay School with them.

The Mounts Bay group consisted of twelve students from year 11, and two teachers .The party totalled twenty as the husband and two children of one of the teachers went too, and Angela's son Russell went along as official cameraman. He received sponsorship from Westcountry Television in order to report the trip for TV news. They travelled to Uganda on 17th October and returned on 1st November.

They had the official duty of opening the classrooms at Rukongi for which Mounts Bay School raised the funds.


Uganda Visit

 

17th Oct

 

 

The party travelled from Penzance to Heathrow, courtesy of Aquarius Travel.

This was followed by an overnight flight to Uganda.

 
The Group

18th Oct

 We arrived in Entebbe, then visited Kampala to exchange money, etc.

19th Oct 

Visit to Ngamba island in Lake Victoria to see life of confiscated chimpanzees and learn of conservation problems.

Ngamba residents
Ngamba residents

Travel to Luweero in evening.

20th Oct  

We visited St. Joseph School at Muwangi village - about 12 miles into the bush from Luweero. We had to go the long way round this year as we cannot take our small coach along the dirt track on which we usually travel.

Back to Kampala in the evening.

21st Oct  

Early start to Kisoro, travelling all day.

Kisoro
Kisoro

22nd Oct  

We were guests at the official opening ceremony of the 2 classrooms at Rukongi school, provided by Mounts Bay.

After our arrival, we were greeted by a band....

Arrival
 
Band

...dancing and drumming...

Dancing
 

...with a very colourful audience...

This is the new classroom that Mounts Bay School have made possible -

New classroom


23rd - 27th Oct 

The students worked in 2 groups, travelling around the schools, teaching and working. Their programme was:

Date
Group 1
Group 2
   
Monday 23rd
   
Tuesday 24th
   
Wednesday 25th
   
Thursday 26th
  
Friday 27th
The whole party visited Nyarusunzu at Bwindi to see a school which has had no development and which ACE may be able to help in the future. This took the whole day because the school is only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles and not a coach.

 

28th Oct  Students were in local villages, on visits arranged by headteachers.

29th Oct  

Holiday! We travelled to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This site may be very slow to load - be patient.

These are some of the residents:

Egret and buffalo

Hippos

Elephants

30th Oct  Safari and launch trip to see Uganda through tourists' eyes.

31st Oct  Back to Entebbe to fly next day.

1st Nov  On plane back to England - for a rest!
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The group was bearing gifts.

Pickfords logo

Pickfords collected boxes of donated school materials weighing 500 kg. They have transported the boxes to London.

DAS Air Cargo promised to carry them to Uganda but there have been problems with that.


hypatia Trust logo

The group also carried equipment to deliver personally to David Epidu, ACE's representative in Uganda. British Airways allowed us to carry an extra 50 kg. of baggage on the flight.

David was presented with a laptop computer, donated by Penzance charity, The Hypatia Trust. Another supporter donated a digital camera and a card reader, and also a flash drive.

BA logo


ACE is very grateful for all this support.

This picture shows Angela presenting David with the laptop computer.

The idea of taking this equipment is to try to improve David's ability to communicate and report to ACE. He will be able to write reports and letters and to take pictures. He will then be able to load them onto the flash drive, take it into town, and send his material from an internet cafe.

Some of the material he sends will be used to update this website so that supporters can keep up to date with the progress being made. we are gradually adding a page to the website for each school.

 
Angela and David


Angela's Report


After setting out from home at 8.15am we arrived in Entebbe at 5.30am Ugandan time the next day. The first introduction to Ugandan life was a visit to Kampala to exchange money where the amount of people, cars and pollution were over overpowering and the street children heart breaking.

The first school visit was to St. Joseph, where a tour of the village was included. The girls in the group found it difficult to cope, especially when they saw the women collecting water and then were shown the emergency water hole. The female teacher with us was found in a classroom in tears, saying it was too much. The male teacher said "If this is where money has been spent, what will undeveloped schools be like?"

From there we had 12 hours on the bus, packed like sardines. The students found that climbing through the windows as a means of access was easier than trying to get in and out through the doors! The tarmac roads, complete with potholes finished before we crossed the mountain range to get to Kisoro, so then it was maram with hairpin bends. Eventually we arrived at dusk, to be met by all the headteachers, and we had a meal.

The next day was the official opening of the classrooms which the students had funded. The whole community were there. Dancing, singing, speeches and food followed.

The following day it was back to teaching, breakfast at 7.30 and on the bus to reach the various schools. A class of 260 in Primary 1 was a challenge but 2 of our students coped with doing the Hokey Cokey with 400! Beside the teaching some of the boys took on building work with Grantley, the husband of one of the teachers. Usually we were back in Kisoro by 6ish so this was the routine for the week until Friday.

On Friday we were picked up by 4-wheel drives at 8.30 and transported to an undeveloped school. This took nearly two hours, driving through stunning scenery, and picking up various passengers on the way. Luckily it wasn't wet that day as the school is inaccessible in wet weather. Arriving at the end of a dirt track we spotted 3 or 4 soldiers with guns in the bushes. When asked we were told that there was always someone on guard as it was such a remote area, and so close to Congo, but today extra security had been laid on for our safety!

This school was built of mud and wattle with walls or part of walls missing. When asked what happens when it rains I was told "It beats us". No water meant that the children had nothing to drink. So now A.C.E. has 9 schools.

Saturday was play day - the Muzungus (white people) played the local football team.The pitch had no markings and the cows had to be shifted off at various times but a good game was played.The students also had to do their washing as by now they were running out of clothes so bowls of water were supplied and smalls were draped up to dry.

Sunday was a 6am start to leave Kisoro. Unfortunately we broke down on top of the mountain range. We were rescued after about an hour by the school inspector who brought a mechanic and a bunch of bananas for breakfast. Twelve hours later we arrived at Queen Elizabeth National Park for our days holiday on Monday.

Early start again on Monday for a safari - we saw hippos, elephants, and buffalo, but no lions.We also got stuck in mud and had to be rescued by a landrover with a winch.

Tuesday was another 12 hours on the bus back to Entebbe and home.


 


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