Charlie and Susan, along with Rose Ellen and Bob Harmon, Ann Noyes and Julie Pew, visited the school in October, 2018. Bob and Rose Ellen delivered seven laptop computers donated by Norway Savings Bank, as well as school supplies and 110 tee shirts and the colored markers to be used by students to decorate them in an art project. The Frank Harrison Middle School of Yarmouth, Maine, and Julie Pew donated over 300 reading books for the upper grades. Ann and Susan donated dolls, toys, other nursery level gifts and gifts for the teachers. Joe and Suzanne Bruno, friends of SFR, donated critical, hard-to-find first aid kit supplies.
We also delivered over 300 pen pal letters and essays from students of the Harrison Middle School. The letters were presented to the students, who enjoyed reading about life for students in Yarmouth, Maine. In addition, teacher Rich Smith from Harrison Middle School wrote to the St. Bakhita teachers about a day in his life. It was fun to hear the comments from the teachers.
Charlie met with the School Management Committee and, among other important topics, finalized plans to bring electricity to the school buildings prior to the start of the 2019 school year in February.
The students of St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School performed for the guests, with traditional dances, songs, and younger children’s games. There were moving speeches by several students thanking SFR for their many years of support, especially for girls.
The guests also attended the formal, weekly student debate. The topic was “Technology is a good thing.” The debate was lively and very professional. At the conclusion, Charlie thanked the students and teachers for welcoming and entertaining us, and wished them all continued success.
Charlie and Bob met with the Masindi, Uganda, Rotary Club to establish a relationship that should help in future support, both from the Uganda district and local Maine clubs.
Term three of the 2018 school year ended on November 9, 2018. 797 students, including 44 in primary seven, sat for term three and leaving exams and eagerly await the results. Classrooms have been decorated with educational aid posters, provided by Schools For Refugees’ generous supporters.
SFR completed its eighth year of support for the school. With the generous support of our friends and foundation, over 700 students each year have received an excellent education, which advances them well on their way to successful futures. We are very proud of their hard work.