During July 2 teams representing Down Battalion Boys’ Brigade returned to Bethel Royal High School in the Nakasongola district of Uganda. In total there were 58 members, some who had been before and the rest for whom it was the first time – all excited at the thought of what lay ahead in the next few weeks. The main objectives of the teams were to run a Holiday Bible Club in the morning at the Kawondwe Primary School followed by skills training at the high school.
After 2 long flights and an unexpected stop in Kigali both teams arrived in Entebbe in the early hours of the morning and had a few hours’ sleep at a guest house in Kampala before heading to Nakasongola and the ‘BB’ School. The enthusiastic welcome was humbling, and more so for those who hadn’t been before, being entertained by the School BB and GB members before heavy and welcome rain cut short the proceedings. It wasn’t long however before some of the school children came to the guest house to start making friends with the team.
Every morning the team members braved the holes/bumps etc. in the road when they went down to the primary school by minibus. Once at the school a Holiday Bible Club programme of Bible stories, memory verses, choruses, craft and games was carried out. Whilst at the school some team members also pumped water daily from the bore hole for the guest house and the New Beginnings Orphanage. All pupils received a new outfit of clothes, whether a new dress or shorts and t-shirt taken out by the team.
After the morning programme, some of the team walked to the New Beginnings Orphanage and carried out activities there for the remainder of the day. The rest went back to the high school where they taught skills over 3 or 4 daily sessions to some of the high school students and also a few ladies in the community – skills which would be passed on by those pupils to their peers.
Skills training included:- computers/web design, cookery, food hygiene, crochet, knitting, sewing, farming, first aid training, hairdressing, maintenance – building, electrical, engineering, joinery, welding, music theory, flute, guitar, keyboard, mouth organ lessons, childcare, occupational therapy, special needs, sports – athletics, circuit training, cricket, football, hockey, painting, teaching English.
Girls at the High School were shown how to make reusable sanitary products and were given new underwear.
We thank God for making a difference in our lives by helping us to do the same for others, and we thank Him for friendships made which will continue for many years. The Director of Bethel Royal High School and Kawondwe Primary School is a wonderful African Christian lady called Madam Annet, who works so tirelessly for Him in the care that she provides for so many in Nakasongola in Uganda.