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Winter 2023 Newsletter

The school year has ended in Uganda and the children have returned to their homes. This is a busy time of year in the farming calendar and the pupils will be helping on the land during the Christmas break. Recently the Friends were able to buy an additional piece of land adjacent to the school. This will be used to grow more food for the school

During the year, the school well was repaired and other maintenance work was undertaken. With a school population of about 350 constant work is required to ensure that the facilities remain in good condition, which is a strain on finance and labour. The school playground equipment is in need of repair and replacement and we are grateful to those of you who have already responded to our Christmas Appeal.

In the Summer some of the pupils were able to enjoy trips out. The prefects were treated to a day at nearby Lake Nabugabo while others visited a museum in Kampala. The school bus continues to prove its worth.

News from Uganda often pulls us up short, reminding us of the fragile nature of life in Sub-Saharan Africa. During the year we lost pupils to HIV/AIDS, mumps and measles – the latter two diseases are now seldom fatal in the West. More recently, there has been a spate of school fires: one at a secondary school in Masaka and another in a nearby village. In total over thirty children perished. The causes are so far unknown.

A few of our children are able to go on to secondary and further education. This is beyond the means of most parents and guardians and we have been very grateful to those supporters who have felt able to sponsor their education. During 2023, two graduated as lawyers and another, having qualified as a nurse, obtained a post with the Ministry of Health. Two more finish their university education in 2024.

At the other end of the scale, the school also celebrates those starting out on their education.

As ever, the Trustees would like to thank everyone who has supported the school through their financial donations and by attending the garden party and quiz, not to mention Gareth who tramped over the Shropshire Hills through the night, raising over £600.

We are planning another raffle in 2024 and on Saturday March 2nd, why not come along to Shrewsbury Abbey to be entertained by two choirs : the Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir and Of One Accord. Tickets costing £10 from Shrewsbury Abbey, TicketSource, or the office (see below).

Please pass this newsletter on to your friends and encourage others to become members of the Friends or to support the Bursary Scheme. Leaflets are also available for distribution. Also please contact us if you would like an illustrated talk for your organisation.

Please note. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday May 16th at 7:30pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

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Website: www.margaretjuniorschool-uganda.com Registered Charity 1114202

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela

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