Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Water harvesting at Mbalala School

The Guildford Mukono Link Trustees have agreed to send £500 to Mbalala School for water harvesting in response to the plan and budget received from Douglas Kizausi.

Donations to Guildford Mukono Link

Worplesdon Primary School to fund children's schooling in Mukono

Alistair Parsons, the headteacher of Worplesdon Primary School in Guildford is fund raising to support two children through school at Mukono Boarding School. The plan is that each year group will will fund one child in the future.

He writes: "We are hugely proud of our very strong links and relationship with Mukono Boarding School in Uganda.  Starting under the Guildford-Mukono link, for several years now Worplesdon Primary has welcomed leadership and staff visits to the school and our homes, and have likewise been fortunate to receive the hospitality of the school and families in Uganda.

So proud, in fact, that you'll see a top level link in our site navigation, and a button below, so that you can read more about how we have helped them, and they have helped us!"

Donations to Guildford Mukono Link

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Successful fund-raising dinner in Guildford

On Monday we held a fundraising dinner at Blue, a Sardinian Restaurant in Sydenham Road, Guildford. 

We were treated to a most imaginative 3-course meal served at this new restaurant. Forty-five people attended and we raised over £1000! 

Donations to Guildford Mukono Link

Sunday, 17 September 2017

St Charles Lwanga Bukerere Secondary School

Great news that St Charles Lwanga Bukerere Secondary School, Mukono, is now linked with Guildford County School.

St Charles shares Guildford County School's commitment to teaching music. St Charles School also teaches dance.

Sue, one of our Trustees who visited St Charles School, remembers the commitment of the school's headteacher.

The school has also developed a garden on a 600 square meter plot of land. It was started in 2013 and is cultivated by the children.

They grow bananas, paw paws, beans and maize. They utilize a seedbed and most seeds are purchased. They use the soil from the rubbish pits as compost in the garden. The garden is designed to control water and soil erosion. The water used in the garden is from a well and rainwater.

The garden is well-fenced in order to control unwanted access to it. Most of the harvest is eaten at school by the children.

The greatest challenges of the garden are the pests that are rampant and that destroy the crops, such as maize, and the limited time that the children have to look after their garden.

Donations to Guildford Mukono Link

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Disappointing delay over visa applications

Members in Guildford were very disappointed about the visa applications from Mukono High School being refused.

We had been hoping that everyone would have been able to attend our fund-raising dinner on Monday 18th September.

Guildford Mukono Link

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Busenya primary School

Mathias Kiwanuka is the head teacher of Busenya primary School. He is here with some of the parents.

Here are some of the girls at the school.

Here are some of the boys at the school.

Guildford Mukono Link

Lutengo United Secondary School

Edward Kaweesi is the head teacher of Lutengo United Seconday School.

He writes:

Lutengo United Secondary School is located in Mukono District - Nnama Sub–County in Uganda. 

Vision: To have committed hardworking and progressive youth in the society. 

Mission: To produce obedient, enterprising and self sustaining students.

Our motto: So little yet….

It is a community–based school that was started by experienced teachers in 2000, who realised the scarcity of secondary and vocational education in Nnama sub county at the time.

Currently the school has 320 students and runs from form one to form six (ages 13 years to 19 years). Of course, some of our students are a bit older because age doesn’t correspond with class in Uganda. We are a mixed school and some of our students travel in each day from their homes while others live in the dormitories at school. 

Many of our children are either orphans or needy because we are located in the rural area to serve the rural poor who cannot afford posh education in the towns. 

Since 2006, we have been beneficiaries of the Guildford–Mukono link and we are grateful to the past and present board of trustees. 

We benefited in infrastructure development when we were assisted to put up a four-roomed class room block and a boys’ and girls’ dormitory

We have also seen the Guildford Mukono Link finding sponsors for five of our former students who have all graduated and are doing some good work in society. 

Though still young the three girls and two boys have already started some enterprises to serve the community. 

There is also a staff house which we are putting up at the school with the assistance of the Guildford Mukono Link. The reason is to save on teachers’ transport costs and also enhance student discipline on the part of the boarders. 

The students of St. Peter’s Catholic school in Guildford fund raised for us to build a chicken house to enhance chicken rearing skills by providing both practical and theory to our students as a future vocation. The building has been roofed but not yet completed. My gratitude goes to the school administration, student, their parents and the link for what we have achieved so for. 

While it is a story of successes, there are challenges as well.

1) We would like to complete the staff as soon as the funds allow. 

2) The rearing of chickens at the school for skills’ development and income generation which is still a dream. 

3) We still have a problem developing our games. This is an area that requires some investment in form of kits and balls. Our students have talents but are unable to develop their talents because of their poor background and our school's limited resources. 

4). As we expand we shall also require a games field. We have the land area but not the funds to develop it. As a young institution new challenges keep coming up but for the moment this is our priority list. As a school, along with other well-wishers, we are convinced that we shall overcome those challenges sooner than later. 

Guildford Mukono Link

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mukono High School

Julius Mukwanya is the headteacher of Mukono High School.

Dorothy Nakintu is the Head of the Sixth Form and Frederick Balenzi is the Sports Coordinator.