Holiday study packs are now ready at our offices in Kampala, Uganda. Over the next week, they will distributed to schools and pupils in time for the month long break that will start on the 9th of December. This is the longest break in the school year, with pupils currently sitting their end of year exams and getting ready starting in the next year group in January.
For many, in particular those in more rural areas, the break is long and they can feel lost without having much to do over the holidays. Some are drafted into doing farm work or helping around the house a lot. Many complain about not having enough school materials to keep them focussed and busy. As we know, being idle can lead to mischief and trouble.
We are hoping that these study packs can help fill the void and keep kids busy over the holidays.
Mother Ann Foundation has been working in Uganda for many years. They have helped hundreds of orphans, underprivileged kids and barely-coping parents by providing the kids with basics such as food and clothes but also by educating them. Currently the Foundation runs a nursery school in Kampala, the capital city. The nursery school serves orphaned and poor kids who would otherwise not be able to attend school.
The Foundation is appealing to locals in the UK to make a shoebox for Christmas that can be sent to the kids in Uganda. Many of them do not have the resources to celebrate Christmas and so such a shoebox can really make all the difference, in particular if it is filled with useful items such as toothpaste and clothes.
For more information on how to make such a box and then how to get it to the Foundation, please see the link below. Any donations are greatly appreciated and in turn you will receive a gift and photos from the children in Uganda.
Climate change is a widely talked about topic and its derive effects are not fully known. We can all tell that our weather patterns are changing, no matter where we are in the world. In more developed countries, people have the resources to deal with such changes; however in the developing world, it is a different story.
In Uganda, heavy rains have been causing havoc lately. Over there, the year is split into dry and rainy seasons, with the dry season expected to start at any time now. However, very heavy rain has caused flooding, muddy roads that are hard to drive on, and even natural disasters such as landslides and flooding of rivers.
Staff at our consultancy in Kampala are currently undertaking research into how such climate change affects the occurrence of landslides and deforestation in rural parts of Uganda near the Mount Elgon. Historically, the area has been badly affect by landslides and there is much fear that climate change and heavy rains will make the problems worse.
We are keen to finalise the report on the research and then present it to the relevant Government Officials.
These lovely school books are nearly on their way to Moroto in northern Uganda. Teachers and pupils are eagerly waiting for them in this unstable region of the country where school supplies are scarce. Our staff at the consultancy has been delighted to work with the schools in the region and hope to continue this partnership in the future.