Hungry Minds, Hungry Bodies – Appeal for help to feed the children in our linked schools

 

Many of the pupils are encouraged to come to school by their parents so that they get a meal. Our next fund-raising focus is on providing each child with at least one meal a day. In the morning they could receive Maize Porridge and for lunch they might get Posho and Beans. To do this costs just £23 per day for all the children at both schools. That’s around 15p per child per day.

Our Harvest service included pupils donating food items to be sold after school. We are pleased to say that so far, we have been able, with the help of a very generous donation from Nox gymnastics which matched the giving from children, staff and parents, to provide two weeks’ meals for the pupils in the schools. We would now like to try to provide 6 more weeks of food for them all, so we’ve set up a new “Wonderful” giving page:

If you would like to gift aid a donation, giving 25% more at no cost to yourself, click on the link below.
Help to feed the children of Rwamahano and Murubindi Schools

Maize porridge for Murubindi children

 

Thank you so much for all the help you have already given. We are very happy to be able to tell you that we exceeded the target of £2000 and raised a total of £2148.67 to provide the new building at Rwamahano School with Solar Panels. This will mean that when the sun goes down (which it does every day at 7 pm for twelve hours!) it will be possible for learning to continue and for teachers to plan lessons and extend their teaching possibly to adults who will come after working the fields all day. These panels will provide much needed evening light in school buildings and teachers’ accommodation.  Click on the pictures below to see more information.

 

It is difficult for us to imagine spending every evening in darkness. Light is just one of many things children at these schools have to go without.

Some of the children are now boarding at Rwamahano School, so it is even more important that there is light and food for them.

Boarding Batwa girls at Rwamahano in their room revising

The photograph below shows the after school crafts session at Rwamahano – Adult education is also a possibility after the day working in the fields if light is available. As most adults are illiterate, this would be life-changing.

 

Mrs Tudge and Mrs Insch went to Uganda in May 2018 to be present at the opening of new buildings for Rwamahano School. Click on the link below to see some pictures.

Rwamahano Opening 2018

We also visited the other school supported by the charity AICM, Murubindi School.

The conditions at Murubindi are so basic. Click on this link to see the school:

Murubindi June 2018-folder of pics

At our evening event we showed powerpoints giving more information. We are pleased to say that as a result several of those present donated money to help the appeal below and building a new set of classrooms has begun.

If you would like to know more, please take a look at this link:

Uganda Evening – The work of AICM

 

If you are considering buying gifts for Christmas or birthdays, please also look at this way of buying something for the people supported by AICM – you can buy a Beehive for £5, 4 pairs of shoes for £16, a month’s school meals for a whole class of children for £35, or a sheep for £32! There are lots of other options. If you’d like a voucher to give to people to show what you’ve bought please ask Mrs Insch in the office for more details.

Alternative Giving 2019

 

Murubindi Batwa Primary School Building Appeal

Please help give the children at Murubindi the school they deserve. We are pleased to say that two classrooms and a latrine have already been built and a further two are planned – see the photo below which shows the old school and the new buildings next to it. The sooner the remaining £15,000 can be found, the sooner all the children will be taught in light, dry rooms.

The children are from the Batwa community of Murubindi in south western Uganda, a remote rural location over 8000 feet above sea level and two and a half hours drive from the nearest town. They attend the AICM provided Murubindi Primary School . No other school is available for them as the government primary provision does not extend to remote rural areas. Over 100 children in four classes now attend this school, which only has two very inadequate, dilapidated small class rooms. Its lack of basic facilities has been brought into sharp relief by the recent successful new building at the AICM Batwa primary school at Rwamahano. Friends of AICM want to provide four new class rooms, staff room, head teacher`s office, teacher`s house and new latrines. To do this we need YOUR help.

Estimated total cost for this project is £90,000, so you can see that people have already been very generous.The cost takes into consideration the quality of build we require and the challenge of the location. We cannot let these children down!   PLEASE HELP!

Donating is easy via https://wonderful.org/charity/friendsoftheafricaninternationalchristianministry – please state that this is for the Murubindi School appeal.

Or you can send a cheque made out to FAICM  to The Treasurer, Greenleas,   Orchard Way,Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3LN    

Please mark envelope “Murubindi Appeal”      Thank You!

The completed two classroom plus small staff room block and 4 stall latrine. First phase--hoping to add second classroom block