On Thursday 27 June, 27 team members, mainly from Raffrey Presbyterian Church, left to go to Bethel Royal High School, Nakasongola, Uganda. They received a very warm welcome.
The team’s main objective for the trip was to supply the school with laptops and teach the students how to use them. Thanks to friends and family, 27 laptops were provided, and the solar power which enabled them to run for 4 hours each day. Before the team left, all the students at the High School received basic training and the senior pupils and teachers were taught more advanced computer skills.
The team also carried out a GB and BB programme, with all the children at the Primary School and High School receiving bible lessons, crafts and games sessions. In the evening, the High School students enjoyed praise and worship. The girls used the theme of ‘Women in the Bible’ and the boys studied ‘David’. Members of Raffrey Boys’ Brigade had the opportunity to meet Ivan Zziwa whom they have sponsored for 13 years.
Practical outreach also took place in the local community, with some members of the team distributing clothes to very poor families, and some ladies of the community successfully learned to crochet. Senior girls at the school also learned to crochet and knit. Some of the male members of the team undertook maintenance work by fixing desks, erecting rails for solar showers at the new guesthouse and provided lighting for the church, grain mill and new canteen. Some girls also painted blackboards. Skirts from Victoria College Belfast, football tops from Puma and dresses for P1-P3 children, many supplied by Strangford and Mourne District of the Girls’ Brigade, were distributed.
The team thoroughly enjoyed the experience and returned home safe and well.