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The Rwamahano Project

In our November newsletter it was reported that, following a Trustees’ visit to the Batwa communities at Rwamahano and Murubindi, it was apparent that various  major improvements were needed for them to provide adequate protection for the children during the extreme weather conditions associated with the communities’ locations. This was especially true for the timber classroom building at Rwamahano. This school currently has approximately 140 primary age children attending school and Murubindi has 88 and these numbers are rising.

We can now report that most of our recommendations have been completed and the children have dry and relatively windproof  buildings to continue their schooling.ct

However, this was only a temporary solution, and in July  2016, FAICM launched an appeal to raise sufficient funds to construct a new brick building providing four classrooms and a head teachers office at Rwamahano. Plans were prepared by one of our trustees and this formed the basis of our appeal. A team of trustees researched the various trusts and grant funding bodies, launched internet appeals, spoke to friends and supporters and held various fund raising activities. We were greatly encouraged early in the fundraising process when a funder was found who was prepared to match fund the project so every pound we raised was worth two.

Meanwhile, Mike Peachey sent out his plans to recommended builders in Kabale interested in tendering the contract. Receipt of the tenders provided a better idea of how much we needed to raise, as it was impossible to know how much the difficulties associated with the site location, in getting labour and materials to it would cost.

The tenders were reviewed in detail and then in February 2016,  Mike and Colin visited Kabale to interview the best two contractors. By this time we knew we had raised £46,000, with promised gifts still to come, and were in a position to appoint a contractor. After a gruelling week of site visits, meetings with contractors and AICM Board of Directors, we were all in agreement on the best contractor and he was duly appointed. After a couple of weeks getting the contract document together and signed we are pleased to confirm that works commenced on 12 April 2017.

Completion is due in about 5 months with a further visit to Kabale planned for September for handover.

We praise God for the generosity of our many supporters  without whom this much needed building would not be a reality. A big thank you to you all.

We are also very aware of similar needs of the Batwa community at Murubindi and will be looking to continue our fundraising to provide them with a similar building.

External repairs to the building at Rwamahano to improve protection from wind and rain

Mike Peachey, Faith and Colin Townsend

and Colin Townsend

Part front plan view (just over one half) over one half)

Other end of front view, plus end elevation

The foundations complete and concrete floor slab being laid.

(Note the stunning but very exposed location)

The school at Rwamahano is virtually complete, as the attached photographs show. There are a few touch-ups required and a question about drainage behind the building, hence buying a strip of land behind the school is being investigated so that a much wider channel could be dug for this purpose.  Mike Peachey and Colin Townsend are in touch with Faith and Peter (the builder) with a view to organising an official hand over in the near future. More information will follow soon.

Left hand section of the school

Rear of right hand section

Right hand section of school

Complete structure

The New School at Rwamahano

 2017 Mission Trip from Students of St. Ebbe’s Church

The St Ebbes Uganda mission team, 2017, has recently returned from an excellent visit to AICM. It was a completely new team from St Ebbe’s this year guided and helped by our two trustees, Sue and Colin Townsend,  The team give thanks to God for His  gracious protection  on their flights and on their many travels on long and dusty roads. A full report will follow shortly.

Denis with children at Murubindi giving an agrcultural demonstration

Sue Townsend with gifts for Batwa primary school

Murubindi school welcome

Maize for porridge arrives at Rwamahano

Lenten Appeal for the Batwa

Do you know where your next meal is coming from?  Do you have a change of clothing?  Will you be warm and dry in bed tonight?  For the children in our Batwa communities the answer is NO!  Please can you help them?  £1 a day during Lent would help Friends of AICM feed, clothe and support these children.

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