Today, Friday February 27, a team from Christ Church, Lisburn, will have the privilege of attending the official opening of a building to accommodate staff at a primary school in Luwero, Uganda.
The parish raised more than £24,000 to build this new block for the St Apollo School, and a team including the rector, the Rev Paul Dundas, has been in Luwero helping complete the building.
This new staff accommodation block will create a more settled environment for teachers and greater stability for the school.
Working with Fields of Life, Christ Church Parish raised money to build the school, and a team travelled to Uganda in 2012 when the first two blocks were completed. The parish has continued to support the school since, through provision of books and desks for pupils, a rain water project, purchasing land for growing crops, and child sponsorship by parishioners.
The team in Luwero at present travelled out on February 18 and will return on March 2.
As well as practical work on the staff accommodation and other buildings and the site, the team has been leading RE classes, health care programmes, sport and games and has run preaching and lay reader seminars for the rector.
During the week, Paul reported home that the staff accommodation was nearing completion and would be opened as planned today (Friday). He added that the team was all well, no one had suffered any sickness and everyone was ‘working hard in the heat.’
In Uganda with Paul are: Beth Harris, Beverley Ringland, Roberta Thompson, Anita Evans, Jane Marks, Emma Jane Marks, Audrey Knowles, Jayne Logan, Johnston Boyle, Raymond Geddis, Patrick Logan, Colin Mitchell and Gary Knowles.