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Esuubi Newsletter

"the best grades ever achieved at Namakosi orphanage"

"This gives the children a great foundation for their secondary education"

An Ekiwumulo Orphan

"we want to say a massive thank you for all your support, which has made this possible"

Measurable Success

Orphan at Ekiwumulo

As Uganda enters its final term of the year 2010, it’s time to reflect on the successes of the students in Esuubi’s care. This year we are excited to report the best grades ever achieved at Namakosi orphanage, with all children bar one achieving second grades.

This gives the children a great foundation for their secondary education and encourages those working with them. The graphs below show the final results of the Namakosi orphans and show the grades improving dramatically. As well as congratulating the children themselves, we want to say a massive thank you for all your support, which has made this possible.

Improvements at Namakosi Orphanage

The Present Day...

Ugandan Orphans

Work continues at Ekiwumulo to develop the site into a vibrant community where children are loved and educated. The children are now making use of the completed school building and eight qualified teachers in their learning. In addition to the children staying at Ekiwumulo there are 70 children from the local area being supported by the school. The popularity of the school is growing An Orphandaily with the successes achieved in only three terms giving it a fantastic reputation amongst the local community. The school now caters for the first six years of primary education, with your help we hope to expand this to include all seven years in the near future.

It is with great sadness that we share with you news that the original founder of the orphanage at Namakosi passed away at the start of August. She was an inspirational woman whose dream we intend to honour and strive towards accomplishing by supporting more of the neediest children in Mityana.

What’s happening in the UK?

A Taste of Africa

Esuubi Jewelery

Jewellery that combines a taste of Africa with western fashion.

With the current craze in African Fabrics, what better way to complete the look than with earrings or a necklace made from beautiful sustainable Ugandan beads. Friends of Esuubi are developing their own range of jewellery which is being sold on the website.

Esuubi Jewellery

Check out our alternative gifts website (www.esuubi.org.uk/gifts) to see a few examples of earrings made from recycled magazines. You can even request the colour of your choice!

Trip of a lifetime

Esuubi Team 2010

Last month Esuubi took its largest team ever to Mityana to experience life in Uganda and help support the current work at both Ekiwumulo and Namakosi. Volunteers from Cator Park School and a group of adults took part in medical check ups, activities with the children, building a house and painting the school building at Ekiwumulo. For many the trip opened their eyes to life in Africa. One volunteer commented, "I don’t think you could come here and not be changed... a place like this is only real when you see it in person."

Visit our Youtube channel in a few weeks’ time to see the video of what some of the other volunteers thought.

If you would like to find out more about joining a trip to Uganda in April or August next year, sign up on the website at www.esuubi.org.uk/trips and we’ll be in touch.

Calling all teachers...

This year Esuubi has released its first set of teaching resources that can be used in primary and secondary schools around the UK. These resources are cross-curricular looking at issues such as poverty, the environment and global citizenship. They are aligned to the ofsted criteria and national curriculum, and available completely free of charge! All that we ask is that if you are keen to uses these as a school you complete at least one fundraising event to support the work Esuubi is doing amongst some of Uganda’s neediest children. This could be anything from a sponsored walk to a Ugandan fun day, there are many other ideas within the pack, so check out www.esuubi.org.uk/teachers for more details on how to get involved.

Ugandan Teachers

Thank You South Norwood

A little later than planned, but Esuubi would like to say a massive thank you to students from South Norwood School who kindly put together Christmas shoe boxes for the children at Ekiwumulo Village. Students were delighted with the toys, books, stationary and sweets they received. These really were Christmas presents like they had never had before!

Ekiwumulo students with their presents