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Merry Christmas...

Sunday, December 20, 2009- Christmas holidays are in full swing, and with all the students gone school has gotten terribly quiet. The last few weeks have nevertheless seen some great progress.
At the end of November I travelled to Kampala to visit an organisation called ‘Private Education Development Network’ (www.pedn.org). Amongst other things they specialise in training teachers to deliver entrepreneurship courses for students and we are hoping that there will be potential for cooperation in the future.

More new arrivals...

Thursday, November 19, 2009- Over the past month there have been many new developments here at St. Denis Secondary School!
 Our S4 students have finished their O-Levels (GSCEs) and are now enjoying their newly gained freedom. S1 – S3 are still in full exam mode working hard to achieve good marks for their end of year examinations, but they too are looking forward to finishing them at the end of this week.

Goodbye and Welcome!

Sunday, November 15, 2009- It is about one month since I arrived here in Makondo to take over as new project officer from Gemma. Saying good bye to Gemma was a sad occasion for everyone here in the village as she has done a brilliant job and will be dearly missed. However, everyone was really friendly and welcomed me to the community with open arms.

Parties, cows and a new intern...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009- It’s been a busy few weeks at St Denis over the last few weeks as I prepare to leave and handover to new intern Christina.

Students returned to school a few weeks ago after a month holiday, and they are now studying hard in preparation for their final exams at the end of the month.

Piglets are on their way!

Sunday, July 12, 2009- The big news from this week is that three of the pigs in the Send a Piglet Home Project are now pregnant! This means that in four months time they will give birth and be able to pass on a piglet to another student for the project to begin again. Preparations will now be started for selecting the new beneficiaries and getting them ready to receive a new addition to their family. The students will prepare a presentation for the new beneficiaries so they can share with them their new found pig rearing skills and experiences.

Back to School

Sunday, June 28, 2009- With a mixture of excitement and that back-to-school feeling, the students trickled in through the school gates to start another term after their month of holiday. I say holiday, but in fact most students spent their time working in their family’s fields or helping to look after their younger siblings… So maybe coming back to school felt more like a holiday to them.

First weeks at St Denis....

Saturday, May 30, 2009

So, after explaining to a few people that I was in fact NOT here to teach the students how to fish, I set about my actual mission.

Welcome to St Denis...

If you travel an hour out of Masaka in South East Uganda, along a dusty road lined with banana plantations, you will find St Denis Senior Secondary School. Situated in Makondo, a rural area of Uganda, St Denis is a school of 250 students and a team of 15 teachers. The majority of families in this area are subsistence farmers living on a very low income.

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