The main project James and I were involved in whilst in Uganda was the continuation of work on St. Mark's school. We painted the base coat on a couple of school walls and then two murals but there was much more work going on than just this. While we were painting there was a large group of men working on the classroom next door transforming it's bare brick walls into smooth, plastered surfaces and installing several new windows! As you may know from some of my previous posts, I am rather interested in processes at the moment, and so I really got thinking about the building process from seeing so many different jobs and stages come together in Buwasunguyi.
There are a lot of different stages to building. I don't know that any particular stage is more important that the other; many of the stages seem to need the previous ones to happen before they can come into being. For example, you need bricks to make a wall, walls before you can plaster, plaster before painting etc. Each stage is different but important, and necessary for the completion of the building as a whole.
So when James and I arrived in Buwasunguyi you could see that St. Mark's school was right in the middle of a process. Some classrooms were plastered and white, some were bare brick and most were lacking windows. There were doors with big padlocks on every room but since the windows were simply holes in the wall you could easily climb in through them! The classrooms which we worked on had already been plastered where as the local men went to work on one of the bare brick rooms next door.
I have just arrived back from my first mission trip to Uganda, Africa. I don't know where to start...it was amazing! I will use this post to give a brief overview of the trip as a whole and then use the next couple of posts to look more specifically at the projects we were involved in.
On the 5th of October, James and myself joined two lovely people from Bolton and we flew out to Entebbe, Uganda together. We had met Carla before as she works for PFJ (the group through which the trip was organised) and she preached at our church earlier this year. We met Martin for the first time at the airport, he is a very nice guy with much knowledge - he's a builder/preacher/rubber expert....just try and find a topic he doesn't know about!
We left Carla's house in Bolton at 2.30am, headed to Manchester airport and after a change in Amsterdam then a quick stop in Rwanda we finally landed in Entebbe at about 11.20pm that night! From there we drove about an hour to Kampala where we stayed with Mama Sarah who looks after orphans at Blessed Hill.
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Here you can keep track of current projects, find insight to the thoughts behind some of the work on display and hear about various upcoming events.