Thank you so much to all of you who contributed towards the urgent work the Ministry of Education required James to complete by 15th October – for which he had no money! (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, look at my original post and the link below.)

I have been able to send £1,200 to James for the materials needed to make the windows, doors and frames, and fit them. His pared down budget was for £800, so the extra £400 will go some way towards his original budget which included things like glass for the windows, plaster for the walls and a proper skimmed floor.

If you were thinking of donating but just hadn’t got around to it, it is still not too late!! Because of all that was needed to get the Centre ready for the new intake of students required by the Ministry at such short notice, James wasn’t able to pay the monthly repayment of £45  for a loan he had for connecting the Centre to mains electricity back in July which was due at the end of September – and another one is due at the end of October.  [It takes only minutes for me to transfer money safely and at a good rate of exchange direct to James’ mobile phone using a special mobile App I have, so let me know if you want me to send any and I will give you my bank details.]

James wanted to write to all of you to thank you, but I said I would pass on the message for him. He is so grateful.

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Original Post

Please look at this REQUEST for urgent funds needed by Nyero Alternative Technology Training Centre in Uganda to enable it to re-open after being closed for 7 months due to the pandemic. Although it is not a government institution, Ministry of Education officials have just visited and said they must open on 15th October, meet certain stipulated requirements and take some government sponsored students. This has put them in an impossible situation.

Nyero Alternative Technology Training Centre is situated in Teso, one of the most impoverished regions of Uganda. It is the only Centre of its kind as it trains some of the most disadvantaged young people in Uganda who have dropped out of school due to extreme poverty and so cannot access even basic skills training at vocational schools. It gets no funding from the government or other sources – apart from equipment and funds that a few of my friends have generously given  over the years. And yet it has already transformed many lives and communities, giving hope and a better future for many orphans and families who are struggling to survive. They deserve all the help they can get. Please look at their website to read more about their inspiring work.


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