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Building the roof!

Building the roof!

We call it 'building the roof' but in reality we are currently trying to finish building the slab for the first floor which will, in time, become the base for the next floor. This is only the long section of the 'L' shaped building and once the concrete has set, the...

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One Million Steps!

One Million Steps!

One Million Steps! We’d like to invite you to join us in a virtual ‘walk around the world in 80 days’. Get fit, improve your well being and raise money to rescue vulnerable children from the fields, streets and jungles around Kisoro. My friend Greg and I have linked...

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Pamphill & Kisoro ‘twinned’ and in harmony

Pamphill & Kisoro ‘twinned’ and in harmony

I was honoured to be invited to give a talk about the Emily Collins School at a parents event at Pamphill First School last evening. The schools are ‘twinned’ and exchange videos that have been made by the children so they can all learn things about and from each...

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Fundraising support – 2024 Calendars

Fundraising support – 2024 Calendars

We are able to offer the choice of 2 different calendars for 2024. All we ask is a donation of £15 per calendar and, as you know, 100% of your donation goes directly to the school. Here are photos of the content in the calendars...please click on this link to go to...

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September 2023 Activity Update

September 2023 Activity Update

Lots going on at The Emily Collins School…children being creative, teachers having meetings and everyone having fun in the sunshine! Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue our building programme [gallery...

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Building the next floor

Building the next floor

Fundraising has been tough this year with the state of the economy in the west and the war in Ukraine, quite understandably, having an impact on people’s ability to give. However, despite reduced funds Martin and his team at OFHM manage their resources well and...

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Exciting teaching lessons

Exciting teaching lessons

Well done and thank you to Mo-Lizzie and Bethan for leading a class for the children and, indeed, one for the adult guardians…It is so exciting to receive lessons from visitors and both the children and the adults obviously loved it as much as Mo-Lizzie and Bethan did...

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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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Creating a playing field

Creating a playing field

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...

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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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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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Bonfire night helps Ugandan school

Bonfire night helps Ugandan school

Two firework displays, the first at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton and the second in Morden Park, London have raised much needed funds for the Emily Collins School, Kisoro, Uganda. Pains Fireworks is renowned for creating spectacular pyrotechnic displays. Not only...

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Explosive partner

Explosive partner

We enjoy a wonderful relationship with Pains Fireworks, a local company with a huge profile in the sporting world and an enviable international client base. They are very happy to support us by making regular donations to the school for the photos I take of their...

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Fundraising ‘Gig’

Fundraising ‘Gig’

We are thrilled to be able to promote this gig featuring Lock, Stock & Barrel. Howard, June and the band have very kindly offered to perform for you to increase awareness of the Emily Collins School and raise funds to continue to build it bigger and better for the...

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 Rukungiri – 5 projects

 Rukungiri – 5 projects

1: Rescuing Children from the streets and villages In the villages around Rukungiri in the Kigezi District there are now roughly 150 vulnerable children who have been rescued from extreme poverty who now go to school locally, they board during term time so they have...

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