Team Bethel 2015 – Improving Lives in the Community of Nakasongola, Uganda

In 2008 Richard McCance and Andrew McClure, 2 leaders from 1st Slieve Donard Boys’ Brigade, Newcastle raised £28,000 to help fund the ambitious project of building a school in Uganda. £6000 was used to purchase the land for a school and £22,000 went to school funds. In January 2010 Bethel Royal High School was built by Hope Builders, Fields of Life. There are now over 700 pupils attending the High School. A new headmistress called Annette Kiisa arrived at the local Kawondwe Primary School in 2003, located 2.5km from the High School. Although the locals were disappointed to see a young female headmistress arrive, she soon earned their respect. She worked tirelessly to improve conditions in the area, but found it difficult to recruit teachers due to no clean drinking water. In 2007 the Boys’ Brigade funded a borehole opposite the entrance to the Primary School. After 11 hours of drilling the water burst out of the ground and it has never dried up. Annette, often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Community’ continues to spend her time, skills and resources to improve and grow the community of Nakasongola. During July 2014, 58 members over two teams representing Down Battalion Boys’ Brigade travelled to Uganda to work at Bethel Royal High School. The main objectives were to run a Holiday Bible Club in the morning at the Kawondwe Primary School, followed by skills training at the high school. Some team members woke at 6am daily to pump water daily from the borehole for the guesthouse and the New Beginnings Orphanage. All pupils received a new outfit of clothes,...