This page is pretty much a copy of the presentation that the team gave on Saturday 17th October for

Uganda 2009

This is a long article made up of 55 slides used during the presentation evening. Where appropriate there is a caption AFTER each slide.

I introduced the evening with a short suggestion for a loose agenda, then moved swiftly through a list of the fundraising activities we held / joined in with whilst raising the monies required, followed by a slide to say thank-you to all those people who donated money or items. If you are interested, details of these can be found by clicking here.
I then provided a short background to the trip, using a slide with the headings:
2 years planning and fundraising
7 weeks away
3 teens
2 OAPs
A huge pile of luggage
A foreign country
I then showed a series of slides based on the maps page, giving people an overview of where the team were staying and working, before passing the baton to Craig who gave a walk-through of a typical week:

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This image was taken at Eagles Wings Children's Village - more about this later on...

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On Mondays the team headed out to Kyetume (pronounced Che-tu-may) - an hour's drive out from Masaka - where they helped during lessons. This is Craig teaching the Ugandan children how to talk with a Norfolk accent!

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The slide above shows some of the local girls performing a Buganda tribal dance as a welcome for their guests

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This is a general view of the "High Street" at Kyetume.

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This is the local football pitch - with a most dramatic slope and beautifully kept grounds!

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Another English lesson - this one being taught by Grandma. She also took some science lessons, calling on her nursing experience to teach about vaccinations.

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Tuesdays were spent at Kasaka Primary School, were the team improved and extended the playground, took art lessons - a new experience for the school kids - and also undertook some monitoring of the general teaching standards on behalf of Love in Action - an Ofsted visit of sorts!!

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Dinner time at Kasaka - some of the older children prepare to help serve the younger ones their portion of Porsha (you'll learn more about the food later).

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Here are a couple of the younger children waiting for lessons to start. They are sitting next to the school "bell" which is hit to announce the start of classes. In the background are piles of freshly made bricks which will be used to build a new staffroom and classroom soon.

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The kids have to line up for class, and all march to their lessons.

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This is the playground. The team built the two see-saws on the left, and also added the tyre swings to each end of the double swingset. Originally the swings were hung using rope - but this didn't last long as the swings were fully used by the children. The team replaced the rope with chains, but these too were worn through before the end of the trip!! Grandad devised a hinge system using bearings from a car, and one of the local men was shown how to make these, so hopefully the equipment will be maintained.

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And here you can see why the chains wore out... the kids were prepared to queue all lunchtime just to have a minutes swing! By adding the two tyre swings, the team increased the opportunity for the children to enjoy these fleeting swings,

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On the final trip out to Kasaka, the team were expecting to be involved in Sports Day - but this turned out to be very little about sport. The event started around 11am, and until 4pm involved every class making a presentation to the school and the other guests - singing, dancing, performing sketches, etc. Finally, after a meal, the children did get to play football and netball, but not what we would call Sports Day!

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The slide above shows one class' performance, which involved singing and dance. Performed in Luganda (the tribal dialect), the team have no idea what was being represented, but enjoyed their afternoon's entertainment.

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Wednesdays saw the team back at Kyetume, where they visited different locations... the local primary school, medical school, a goat farm, and also the home of the Head Teacher of the secondary school where they taught on Mondays.

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This is the old school at Kyetume, used before Love in Action built the new purpose-built classrooms seen in the earlier slides.

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The Head Teacher at Kyetume couldn't afford to decorate his home so the team (together with three lads from Colchester who were also visiting) painted the interior for the family. These slides suggest that this decorating was rather more fun than it perhaps should have been!

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Here is the Head Teacher, Sam, outside his home where he lives with his wife and 8 children. It is clear from this shot that he is delighted with the work done by the guys.

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Thursday's was a day off, during which the team went into town to use the services of Masaka Internet Services - the internet cafe run by Love in Action. They also enjoyed time at Lake Nabugabo, and on a day safari.

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This is part of the market at Masaka.

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Final proof that pineapples don't grow on trees! This field is fully cultivated with a crop of pineapples almost ready for harvesting.

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The team stayed in this hut at Lake Nabugabo, when they were fortunate to see a meteor shower and electric storm during the evening.

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Fridays were also spent at the internet cafe, but this time working. Becky helped customers, Craig fixed computers, and Simone run a creche of sorts for the daughter of Susan, one of the Directors of Love in Action who runs the internet cafe.

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Saturday was laundry day, with Simone in particular learning how to hand-wash clothes. After that the team took swimming lessons for some of the teenagers on the Earn & Learn scheme run by Love in Action.

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Sunday morning was spent at church, where services are rather longer than those experienced at home! During the 7 weeks in Uganda, the team visited 5 different churches. After church, everyone went out for a meal together, and sometimes went back out to Lake Nabugabo before returning home for evening fellowship with the guys and girls on the Earn & Learn scheme.

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This is a Sunday service at Eagles Wings Children's Village, with Reverend Christopher leading.

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This is the children's choir who participate in the worship at Liberty Church every week.

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That concluded Craig's bit, and he passed over to Becky

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Becky introduced us to the guys and girls who live in Masaka, most of whom are on the Earn & Learn scheme.

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Teddy and Lydia live in the girls dorm located at the bottom of Alan & Beryl's garden. They are on the Earn & Learn scheme, where they undertake housekeeping chores to earn money which pays for their school fees. Both girls are in Senior 5, equivalent to UK Year 12.

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Hajira works for Alan & Beryl, learning skills with the ultimate aim of getting a good job to better support her daughter, Shirose.

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Gloria is off to University soon, but had been working at Alan & Beryl's - particularly noteworthy for baking cakes for the team!!
Loise works at Susan & Noah's (co-directors of Love in Action).

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Derek works as gardener at Alan & Beryl's, whilst John is on the Earn & Learn scheme working at Susan & Noah's - also in the garden.

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Christine does the laundry at Alan & Beryl's, and also cooks for all the African's in the house whilst they are working. This helps her support her son, Blessing

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"Shhhh"
This is Susan, Education Director for Love in Action, and manager of the Internet Cafe. Her daughter Deborah has to come to work with her Mum as there are no childcare facilities - a hole temporarily plugged by Simone during the Team's 7 weeks in Masaka.

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And here are the main guys - Beryl & Alan Went, who head up Love in Action (International).

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During the trip, the team were fortunate enough to get a day away on safari - at the Lake Mburo National Park. Whilst here they saw forest buffalo, zebra, loads of different species of deer, baboons, and hippos - the latter so close that one even hit the boat they were in at the time...

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Becky also talked briefly about Eagles Wings Children's Village, a village where orphaned children live in "family" units of 10 to 15. Each family is overseen by an adult, and they live together in houses, all collectively part of the Eagle Wings Village.

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Becky then introduced Grandma & Grandad (Barrie & Ruth Morris) who spoke a little about their culture shock - not from being in Africa, as they have almost 80 years experience between them, but from being responsible for 3 teenagers a long way from home!
Amungst other things, they also spoke about the water filter that the team took out as a gift for the household at Masaka... Alan & Beryl and the team there have previously been relying on boiling water (which doesn't change it's colour!) or bottled water (expensive) for their everyday drinking water needs, and the filter will make life so much easier for the team.

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Finally, Simone took to the stage, where she started off by talking about food. Here she is tucking into her favourite - a bowl of Porsha and Beans - staple meal for the older kids and teachers at the schools. Porsha is maize flour and water.

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This slide shows the feast provided to the team when they visited a goat farm - on the table, in various stages of feasting, we have matoke (a national dish of Uganda made from mashed plantain, a cooking banana), porsha & beans, fried cabbage, and jack fruit.

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Here's Craig tucking into a snack on-route home from school...

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And here's what's left - oh yes, Craig's been enjoying a snack of grilled fish... but decided against chewing on the rest... I wonder why?

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And here's Simone enjoying the same... this time as part of a fish & chip supper at Lake Nabugabo.

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This is a scary image - Simone with a machette!! She and Craig are cutting sugar cane, a chewy but (not surprisingly) sweet treat. The cane is cut into sections, the bark removed, then the cane either cut or bitten into small strips which are simply chewed until all the taste has gone, at which point the remaining pulp is simply spat out.

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Here we have a selection of meals as provided at school. On the left is the main dinner-time meal provided to the younger children. It looks rather like gruel (brings to mind Oliver Twist: "Please Sir, can I have some more?"). It's actually a runny version of Porsha (maize flour and lots of water) which the kids drink from their plastic cups or bowls.
In the top right is the special meal prepared for Sports Day at Kasaka - Fish Head Stew! And in the bottom right is a closer view of Porsha and Beans, eaten by the older children and teachers for their main midday meal at school.

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And here's Grandad eating his Porsha & Beans after a hard morning's work in the playground - although it's hard to tell whether he's enjoying it or not!!

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Simone then talked to us about some of the children that she helped to "look after" whilst in Masaka. This is Shirose, busy here helping Simone do the laundry.

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And here is Blessing, who Simone tried to get to walk, but the child simply refused to learn, preferring to shuffle everywhere.

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This is Mummy's girl Deborah. Daughter of Love in Action's co-Director, Susan, Deborah like nothing more than the company of her mother... and very little else. This makes it hard for Susan to get on with her job, so Simone acted as child-minder to Deborah...

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And finally, this is the newest arrival, gorgeous Faith looking delightful in pink...

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Born just before the team left Masaka, they visited mother and child in hospital, where the mother's natural instinct to protect her baby above anything else (and despite her own pain from a difficult birth) made a huge impact on Simone and left a lasting memory of the mother caring for her most treasured possession - a new life.
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After the presentation, everyone was invited to taste some of the flavours of Africa - Grandma and Simone had prepared a couple of dishes (with help from Keren) - Fish Head Stew (thankfully minus the fish-heads as the fishmongers here are rather more discerning than those in Uganda!), Chewy Beef and Rice, Chapatis and Chilli Chicken, and of course, Porsha & Beans.
There was also a display of some of the artifacts that the team brought home as souvenirs - a bow and arrow, a couple of drums, some wood and stone carvings, etc - plus a few other bits and pieces to help bring the trip to life - a mosquito net, the flight tickets, luggage labels, and so on.
Everyone had a good time - except Becky who hated standing at the front! You really should have been there, but hope that this page has given you an idea of what this summer's trip was all about.

There are a couple of other pages relating to the Uganda trip, so if you're interested follow the links:
First off, a link to the original details of the Uganda Trip.
This is a link to details of all the fundraising events we held whilst raising the 8,000 required.
Here's a link to the main page used to provide regular updates from the team during their trip: "What's Up in Masaka". To read these in order you have to start at the bottom!
And finally, for more information about Love in Action, please visit www.loveuganda.org

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