Greetings from Uganda! We have lots going on behind the scenes at the Emily Collins School… a new area of ground has been dug up and now it is clear the guys can sow grass seed so that the schoolchildren can have a much needed playing field…how exciting. Well done Martin and the team and thank you for the photos. I’m looking forward to kicking a ball on the grass one day!

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Encouraging Visitors

Encouraging Visitors

It is great to see people from the UK showing interest and the commitment required to visit the Emily Collins School. Martin Duhimbaze, the founder of Our Father's House Ministries who is building the school also took Mo-Lizzie and Bethan into the Kisoro community to...

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Raising the roof!

Raising the roof!

A nice saying 'raising the roof' and, in this case, it is perfectly apt! We need to 'raise the roof' by shouting about the progress Our Father's House Ministries is making in operating a busy school whilst simultaneously enlarging the building. So, while the school...

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Early morning joy!

Early morning joy!

Arriving at the Emily Collins School in Kisoro, following a very long drive from Kampala, Martin Duhimbaze encountered the children crossing the main road to walk up the track to the school... What a wonderful sight for sore eyes?!

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Children learning a trade

Children learning a trade

Passing on the baton! Martin  tells me that we have 5 young boys training to be carpenters at Jim’s Shed, our woodwork training centre, in Rukungiri. They are learning basic woodworking skills and helping to make furniture for customers. This helps create an...

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Harvesting rainwater!

Harvesting rainwater!

Plenty going on behind the scenes this month at the Emily Collins School - now we are harvesting rainwater. Firstly because we need to be careful and protect our natural resources, secondly because it will save us money by reducing our water bills and thirdly to stop...

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Sharing the stage!

Sharing the stage!

On Tuesday afternoon, 28th February 2023, I was honoured to share the stage with the truly wonderful Jill Mumford. We were invited by the Dorset Heritage Trust to give their annual Alan Wilson Memorial Lecture. Well in truth, Jill was invited to speak and I was asked...

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We dream BIG dreams – 2022!

We dream BIG dreams – 2022!

When we started this project in late 2019 we never expected to have got this far so soon but the generosity of our donors, sponsors and partners has exceeded our expectations. So much so, that we are where we are today: The ground was cleared within months, by hand,...

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Exciting progress in Kisoro

Exciting progress in Kisoro

Some exciting, if slightly wonky, photos that show the progress the guys are making in building the first floor of the school while it is closed for the Christmas break. Well done to Martin and the team in Kisoro ???

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Mixed emotions today!

Mixed emotions today!

Mixed emotions this morning. Firstly; ‘sadness’ because of the Government’s decision to close schools a few weeks early in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly Sudanese strain of Ebola and, secondly; 'the absolute ‘joy’ of seeing the guys start building the...

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Such courage reaps reward!

Such courage reaps reward!

This is Gift, an 8 year old little girl who turned up at the Emily Collins School to ask for a job. Just as some friends had been in touch with Martin about sponsoring. So Gift didn't get a job but she got a sponsor....What a brave little girl and what a great way to...

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