Children need to play

According to numerous child development experts and paediatricians, play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Free play, that is play which is not controlled by adults, is particularly important for children to develop confidenceself-esteemresilienceinteraction and sharingsocial skillsindependencecuriosityand learning to cope with challenging situations Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the…

Please sir, may I have some more?

Said Oliver Twist to the porridge server, and we’re saying the same 🙂 Our school’s children need more food. As you have read in recent posts, we have got our seats and desks, we’ve got our water tank, and our kitchen has a roof – thank God. And we have a field of beans which we hope will in future supply at least some of…

Water tank – Hurrah!

We are very excited to have been provided with a much-needed 5000 litre water tank! Here’s what we did last week at Atlas Vegan Community School in Uganda: We built a solid base for the water tank that could hold its massive weight when full. Look how solid this is! 😀 When the base was ready, we put the tank on top, and then attached…

Early rain and beans

The rainy season usually starts in October in Uganda, and that’s when we planned to plant Atlas Vegan Community School’s food garden, but the rains started early this year. So a couple of weeks ago we decided to take advantage of that and planted 50kg of beans over half an acre. And look!!! Here come the beans to feed our children! The next thing we…

Starving in Uganda

From Jeremy Rifkin’s Los Angeles Times op-ed piece, May 27, 2002: “In the past half a century, we have erected an artificial, worldwide protein ladder, with grain-fed beef and other meats on the top rung. Affluent populations, especially in Europe, North America and Japan, devour the bounty of the planet. The transition of world agriculture from food grain to feed grain represents a new form…

Atlas Vegan Community School Teacher Asks for Help

He is a maths and English teacher and is pleased to tell us the children, some of whom were so deprived of education that they couldn’t even write their own names, are now making progress. But the school is still very short of text books and exercise books, and often has nothing to feed the children. The children at Atlas school have a very long…

Back to School

So, the 9th of May arrived and Atlas was ready – well, it had met the minimum requirements demanded by the Ministry of Education, so they were able to let the kids come back to school. Whilst they were hugely relieved that they could do that, things were far from ideal. They had spent everything they had on building work, so they couldn’t afford to…

A lick of paint

A week before the start of the new term we ran out of money. The builders downed tools and our chances of being ready by the 9th of May seemed lost. I was so stressed that I couldn’t sleep because I knew the children would be heartbroken if they couldn’t go to school when term started. But God answered my prayers. An unexpected gift from…

School construction so far

The last week in April brought us builders with enough materials to construct the latrines and some temporary classrooms for our new school. And by the first week in May the builders were making fast progress on both – and we needed them to be fast. Latrines and basic classrooms were the minimum needed to get the Ministry of Education’s stamp of approval for school…

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