Autumn 2017 Newsletter
Time goes by so quickly, and what an amazing summer it’s been. In June, a return trip by our friends from Maidstone and in August a team of 18 of us made a visit to our school and the surrounding rural areas of Northern Uganda, we thought you’d like to hear some of their comments on different aspects of their trips.
Clare and Ross Fagg write We returned to Bethel Christian School in June this year for 4 weeks. First stop Kampala where we collected Afripads for all the girls in the school that needed them. A big thank you to Maidstone Riverside Rotary who funded this.
Summer 2016 Newsletter
STOP PRESS!!!!! We have some great news – Our Ugandan partner Phoebe Ochan has been granted her visa and will be visiting the UK in October 2016. We will let everyone know her schedule as soon as we have her itinerary confirmed.
Bethel Primary school has taken many strides academically from January 2016. Gulu Bethel Christian School completed registration with the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), the body that grants the status to Primary Schools to become centres where pupils can sit the Primary Leaving Examination (P.L.E). All classes sat at least 4 sets of exams in the first term, and so far 2 in the second term. P.7 class sat the Pre mock examinations that were set by the district education office and emerged 4th in the whole district in performance.
A BIG year for GMI – Can you help?
Phoebe writes from Uganda…
Your kind deed of supporting GMI work in Uganda makes God’s love real and tangible in the lives of children in this community. GMI through your support has restored hope and caused transformation in the ways below:
Over 554 children have access to improved education at Bethel Christian School.
Several families have improved health practices like upholding good hygiene and sanitation, improved nutritional practices, sending pregnant mothers for ANC and subsequently delivery at health facilities. This is a result of the health project, supported by GMI-UK.
Our last day in Gulu consisted of a thanksgiving service in Paminano where different groups of churches attended and each brought a gift to start a new church. There was corrugated iron sheets for the roof, table, chairs, water barrel and even a goat! Lots of praise and worship, Gerald spoke and San and Helen gave touching testimonies. Said our farewells which was very sad as everyone would like to stay another week. After lunch some of the team met Sunday with the football teams he coaches. Sam played well but the final score was 5 – 0, never mind Sam Harding. The team have had such an amazing trip. Awesome, inspiring, humbling, life changing, encouraging, helpful and cultural are words the team would sum up their trip. Seems like they enjoyed it!
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So today was our last day in the school with the children. It’s been a wonderful week getting to know the children and being welcomed into their school.
Today we did a puppet show for the children. They had never seen puppets before and it went down a storm!
It really has been an inspiring week, the staff and children at bethel school are amazing and it has been a privilege to be allowed to work with them.
Looking forward to seeing hippo’s tomorrow!!!!!
Medical Training update:
the medical team, consisting of Yeasmin (midwife), Gio (paramedic), Karen (nurse) and Tracy (general helper out), have spent the last 4 days delivering midwifery training and first response training. There were 30 village health workers and 30 Traditional Birth Referral Attenders (TBRAs) that received the training.
Today we ran the second day of the pastors training . More people came today about 175. It was very hot to thank God for the sun shades the team had erected.