Since we last wrote Uganda’s President delayed the reopening of schools for at least a further month, until July, saying that “the situation is still very risky when there are day students, teachers and school workers who commute every day as this could affect the entire boarding community”
The number of confirmed COVID cases in Uganda sadly continues to rise, particularly in the border towns, however with some cases locally in Matugga. This is giving rise to concerns that full lockdown may be reinstated. There is much concern about lost income and food shortages, and many families are going hungry.
A huge thank you to all our supporters who continue to send gifts, this has enabled Ivan and Allen to pay staff wages and make preparations for the Centre’s reopening in accordance with government regulations. All staff and students will be required to wear masks, undergo temperature checks and all rooms fumigated.
When the Centre reopens we are expecting that further funds will be needed, to help them to meet regulations for operating ‘under COVID’. Sadly we are expecting many fee paying students will also need help, because their families have lost their livelihood and all income. Consequently they are no longer able to pay the school fees. We speak with Ivan and Allen every week to support them and for us to get a greater understanding of what the situation is in the community and the school. When the challenges and needs become clear we will write further.
One of the dormitories being painted
Despite the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic brings we still have good news to share. Just prior to lockdown in Uganda the exam results were released and the news was very encouraging with the Revival Schools achieving some of the best results in the area. Madam Allen says: “I wish to share that all our primary seven candidates that sat for their primary leaving exams last year have had their results released and they are good results. We had 8 first grades and 27 second grades. We registered no failures.”
In addition, one of the Senior 4 champions Jessy Kimumulo particularly excelled in her exam performance (equivalent of our GCSE). Madam Allen says: “Our Jessy was the best in our area which has brought Revival Grammar to appear in the newspapers as well as our other media (radios).” Another champion Patience came in second place within the area and the others followed with 10 first grades, 10 second grades, 30 third grades and 17 fourth grades.
The Senior 6 pupils also did extremely well in there A level exams. Nine out of fourteen students achieved high enough grades to meet the requirements to potentially go forward for further education. Madam Allen tells us that the possibility of gaining support through the GACAH Further Education Scholarship has really motivated the senior pupils in their studies.
Denis is the candidate for the Scholarship Fund in 2020
This year, two equally matched candidates have had to compete for the Further Education Scholarship. Given that we only have sufficient funds to support one candidate this has unfortunately made for a difficult decision. After much careful thought Ivan and Allen have chosen Denis K to be the 2020 recipient of the Scholarship. Denis has worked consistently hard at Revival and wishes to study for a degree in Electrical Engineering and we are now supporting his registration for this course. It is sad that we are not able to support the other equally strong candidate Fisal N but unfortunately funds currently do not allow for this. Fisal too, has worked hard and has achieved very good grades. He is clearly a bright young man and wishes to study Industrial Chemistry. Madam Allen tells us that he is clearly very capable of achieving this ambition and he is very committed to studying. Sadly, although both of his parents are able to support him emotionally, as subsistence farmers they do not have the means to support him financially. If you feel you would like to help support Fisal achieve his ambition then please do let our administrator Kate know her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If enough supporters are able to contribute a part share, we may be able to make this happen.
Currently six other young people who are already receiving support from the Scholarship Fund are still engaged in university based or vocational studies as part of this programme. At this point in time universities and work places remain closed so their studies are temporarily on hold.
Fisal was the close runner up – can you help him?
Greetings from the extended Lugoloobi family
We would like to share with you a video that Bishop Ivan sent through to St John’s Church Ben Rhydding which he has given us permission to share more widely. If you have a moment to view it, we think you will enjoy it. Just by note of explanation – the Lugoloobi household is much expanded as Ivan and his wife Allen are also caring for Champions and Further Education students who have no safe home to go to at present. Times are tough throughout the world and certainly so in Uganda, but as you will see Bishop Ivan is facing his challenges with faith and his usual energy.
Video message from Bishop Ivan and Allen to St’ Johns Church
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