Teachers’ housing

Provision of teachers’ accommodation is commonplace in rural schools in Uganda. There are a variety of reasons for this, not least of them being to make the post more appealing. Working in a rural primary school, as opposed to an urban location, is generally not a qualified teacher’s first or obvious choice.

At the end of 2014 we hit upon a good compromise which meant we could provide some accommodation at significantly lower cost than anticipated.

Here’s a couple of different views of the school office in Dec 2014

By extending an existing building we have been able to complete our first phase of teacher’s rooms, to house four staff members. By building off the back of the school office, built in 2009, the cost compared to an entirely new structure is about halved. Also in the process the newly rendered office building has its lifespan significantly extended.

The first thing to do was repair the veranda at the front of the building

The foliage laid over the newly rendered steps is to allow the …

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Home refurbishments

As the first new buildings (kitchen and toilet blocks) on the school site get closer to completion it seemed like the perfect time to make some minor repairs and general refurbishment to some of the charity’s existing buildings on site. The two children’s homes, boys & girls, in Kisimula village are home to our sponsored primary school children; each home houses ten children and a house mother, who is in permanent residence. Both homes were built in 2005 and while general maintenance has been an ongoing endeavor we felt they would really benefit from some repair and bringing upto the same high level of finish as the new buildings.

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Smokeless ovens

Autumn 2013 has been a VERY exciting time! All at Friends Reaching Out have been extremely busy and there have been some great positive leaps forwards to report, the down side of being so busy is finding time to make the reports on progress. This will be the first of our autumn feedback posts and while it’s a relatively small development it is one that will change lives and is quite literally ground (termite mound) breaking.

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