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Ubwino Wa Amayi

Ubwino 2016 Ubwino Wa Amayi into its 11th Year Receiving mosquito nets 10th Anniversary celebration What a busy year for Ubwino in 2016. We continued to provide 20 bursaries for girls to do their leaving school certificate (MSCE) or to learn a trade at Namitembo Trade and Agriculture School. In April we held a Montessori and leadership training course for 8 participants. At the end of May we held our 10th Anniversary celebrations. There was poetry, dance, drama, speeches, cake, nsima, rice, chicken, and beans, soft drinks for everyone. A community effort to give thanks and highlight the importance of girl’s education. We welcomed Fr Henry Chiwaya as the celebrant and Chembezi Mhone, a journalist with MBC. We waved farewell to Ruby and Freya our Project Trust volunteers who had stayed with us for a year and said hello to Kirsty and Elise who were with us for 3 months. The PT volunteers have all brought in a breath of fresh air and in turn learned a lot from living in the village and taking part in activities in Namitembo. We will miss the artistic flare and fundraising ideas. Ubwino always marks special days and for ‘Earth Day’ we geared our displays and activities towards the Environment and Sustainability. For the International Day of the Girl Child we incorporated messages into our weekly activities. In January, Lydia, one of our nursery children, died of malaria age 3. Malaria is common in children at our nursery. This prompted Freya and Ruby to raise money and purchase mosquito nets for all the children in the nursery school. World malaria day was in April. We continue to teach and feed 120 pre-schoolchildren per day at Namitembo Montessori nursery. In November we held a community stakeholders meeting including the chiefs. We discussed their future ideas for girl’s education in Namitembo. We are proud of our staff at the Nursery school, no wonder our children are progressing well with a group of positively glowing teachers. Look at Monice’s smile what a wonderful welcome to the children every morning! Keep up the good work, Agnes, Annie, Hilda, Odelia, Monice, Grace, Lucia, Mervis and Stella! Embroidery Group. Income Generating. Girls’ and Women’s empowerment 2 proceeds towards the running of Namitembo Montessori Nursery school. This year they have been very prolific and generated an income of $1500. Impressive! A group of 19 ladies in Namitembo, who were taught in the art of crewel embroidery by Ann Nachtigal from Seattle, produce pieces from kits donated by Ann, which are made into aprons, cushions and table runners and sold at the Annual ‘Elephant Run’ fair in St Bridget’s Parish Seattle. With the proceeds, the ladies run a grocery business and help the sick and needy in their homes such as HIV/AIDS patients. They also donate half the Mrs. Agnes Ali. Headmistress, Manager, Leader. Please see attached pdf for more details.

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