A select few students were drafted into reconstructing and improving the previous year’s fire pit. In the morning we began by removing the old carcass of bricks. Following the initial hard graft, we had to transfer 15 buckets of sand and a 50kg bag of cement. It was difficult but relieving due to it being the hardest section of the work as the materials we needed were on the other side of the school. Following this, we then mixed the cement and began applying the mixture before laying a fifth of the bricks which surprisingly didn’t take long; typically, we received a massive hold up in the shape of a thunderstorm which destroyed the laid cement and weakened the structure. It became a manic rush to apply the mixed cement, this drive and determination meant Jon and I got soaked. Eventually, later in the afternoon, the ground dried out enough for Jon and I to continue finishing the fire pit. Many trips transferring sand and bricks later, we’d gathered a team of Ugandans who assisted in the mixing of cement and applying, which sped up the process massively. After multiple hours of constant work (even missing lunch and dinner), we concluded with the signing of the fire pit with our names and the construction years. Needless to say both Jon and I ached a lot the following morning due to the countless trips back and forth.
Today we completed murals in the 2 classrooms we have been working really hard on over the past few days. The transformation was a massive improvement to the dark and lifeless learning environment and hopefully the Ugandan children will remember the fun we had painting together even if they did put a different shade of red over Tom’s Ugandan map!
Primary School Visit
The whole of our group went on a trip to the local primary school. We took a 20-minute walk with some of the Ugandan students and when we got there we were mobbed by thousands of kids who seemed to be eating sticks of bamboo. We watched a netball game and then walked to the football pitch to watch a “football tournament” which was actually about 100, 10 year olds kicking the ball wherever they could. As we were leaving we found out that the children were eating sugar cane, and we found a motorbike selling 6-foot long sticks. When me and Rufus went to buy a piece, the only money we had was 10000 shillings (two pounds). We offered the man the money but he had no change so a local offered to buy us two pieces, and then gave us an entire tree of sugar cane. A new friend for life.
We joined some Ugandan students in a Biology lesson based around food tests. We did various experiments in which all the students were very excited for. Unlike our usual science lessons, the practical seemed more challenging to perform with the lack of electricity and running water but they found a way through it. The lesson was very interesting and was different in lots of ways when comparing it to our everyday science lesson. We could see how excited and happy all the students were to do practical instead of theory.
Maddy & Olivia