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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.



The foundations complete and concrete floor slab being laid.  (Note the stunning but very exposed location)


Official Opening of the new school at Rwamahano

Late May saw eight intrepid travellers set off for Uganda to be present at the official opening of the newly built school at Rwamahano.  Three of them were Mike Peachey with Sue and Colin Townsend, who are all trustees of FAICM, accompanied by Rev Nick Wooldridge, a regular team leader for the annual St Ebbe’s visit to AICM.  They were joined by Marc Schyrr, Friend and donor of solar audio bibles, Jenny Insch and Mary Tudge, two primary school teachers at Stanton Harcourt School, Witney, and Edith La Mache, mother of  the late Garance in whose memory some funding was raised for the school. Below are photos associated with the event, which can be enlarged by clicking on them.  The toilet block was a necessary, if somewhat late addition to the original plan.  To remind everyone, this complex was designed and monitored by Mike Peachey, and funded by our many supporters with a major contribution from The Allen Trust.


A letter from the Batwa head boy and head girl at Rwamahano School

 

The Daily Monitor front page report on the official opening

New Visit to AICM

On July 6h a team of nine from St Ebbes Church, Oxford will be visiting AICM in Kabale for two weeks. They will be teaching the bible in the college chapel each morning, teaching in the two AICM Batwa primary schools and interacting with various other AICM communities.


Mike Peachey, Faith and Colin Townsend

and Colin Townsend


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

First Rwamahano, now Murubindi

Following the very successful completion of the new Primary School and Latrine block at Rwamahano in November 2017, it was decided that FAICM should look at providing similar improvements to another Batwa Community at Murubindi.

This would be an even more challenging project due to it’s location some 13 miles from the nearest tarmac road with access via a precarious track climbing to the settlement at a height around 8000 feet. The existing mud brick classrooms have served 15 plus years and are now in a very poor state due to their exposed location.


One of these buildings was destroyed by the weather in 2018 and the school is struggling to cope with the increasing numbers of primary age children, currently standing at 123.

Plans were prepared by FAICM for two x two classroom blocks, one with a head teacher’s office and staff room, plus a head teacher’s house and two x four-stall latrine blocks.

In August 2018 the drawings were tendered to three contractors local to Kabale, whilst FAICM started to look at


how they could raise the £96,000 required. A whole host of applications were made to various funding organisations, and with some positive responses, and our regular supporters, we have so far raised £56,000.

The need at Murubindi is so great that it was decided that as we had sufficient funds to complete one two-classroom block plus the head teacher’s office, and the staff room, and a single four-stall latrine, it was better to start the project rather than waiting an indefinite period to raise the  remaining £40,000.



Contracts have now been signed and the contractor will be on site in June this year at the start of the dry season, and the buildings should be completed in 3-4 months before the start of the next rainy season. It is hoped that the additional funding may be found during these next few months to enable the contractor to carry on and complete the whole project.


If you feel you could support this exciting project, or know an

organisation or individuals who could, or if you just want further information, then please contact the FAICM Secretary on faicm.secretary@gmail.com.


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