Uganda Appeal

Next month kids from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School will be heading to Uganda to help carry out work at a school for orphans. Some of the teenagers heading there got in touch with 2BR to see if we could help them collect clothes for the kids and teachers at The Good Samaritan school.


We of course, jumped at the challenge and over this week are aiming to collect as much as possible.

There are over 250 boys and girls at the school, many of them have nothing.
Shoes, clothes, bras and glasses are in short supply.

Burnley Rotary Club is heavily involved and takes groups of teenagers out there every two years.

Paul Wright who's one of the organisers told 2BR about the school: 

"It's now about 7 years since we started work in earnest at Good Samaritan School, so children who were there then have started to move into early adulthood. The first of these was Martin, he is an orphan who still lives at the school, but through determination and hard work has just been accepted at Teacher Training College and there are others that are doing well at Secondary School.

In the early days the school struggled to give shelter and a very basic education, but now is performing well in the National Primary Leaving Exams, the equivalent of our old 11 plus, which is vitally important if they are to have any education beyond Primary level".

Around twenty students will head out there as well as taking donations, they've also been tasked with raising money to pay for building work at the school:

"There are 10 teachers who all live nearby, mostly in small houses that the school pays rent for. We're working on some teachers accommodation which will save money as well as having the teachers living at the school.

I am taking another group of twenty 6th form students in July and they have made it their project to raise some money to start building.

Although not all the pupils live at school, there is still a substantial number who have no family and call school home. Currently, the boys use a classroom as a dormitory and the girls what was a converted goat shed whilst others go home with teachers who themselves live in very poor accommodation.

The living accommodation was becoming a headache, when, as often seems to happen, a solution came up. An anonymous donor heard about the school and is funding a new dormitory block! This will house the boys and girls in separate rooms as well as having a veranda for them to use".




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