Gallery - St James School Uganda
We have been supporting young children in Uganda since Gerry Hambridge, who was Supervisor at the Hollies for many years, starting making annual visits to Uganda in 2002. Gerry has been back to the Hollies on many occasions to talk to the children about her trips to St James Primary School, Kamuli, Uganda.
Gerry's visits give the children a great insight into not only the results of the Hollies support through fundraising but also our special relationship with St James and their children's daily life in and out of school - a very different culture to Poynton!
The Hollies Children have made hands of friendship for Gerry to take over to Uganda and supported them by making donations towards various projects.
St James was set up in 2008 when there was no local school and James set one up. He gave the first lessons under a mango tree and then The Hollies, along with other settings and schools came on board to build the first classrooms and eventually a whole school, registered with the Government and also qualified as National Exam Sitting Centre!
Over the past years we have built classrooms, a library, an office block, latrines, dormitories, a kitchen with a wood-saving stove and a canteen. Our latest achievement is completing the building of Joy Clinic. With the basic structure complete the school and community can now apply for help from local government to enable the community to have medical help for the first time, and once again babies will be born at St James as they were when James’ late wife Joy, a midwife, served the community.
We have also secured the school with fences and a big metal gate. We’ve donated cows, goats, pigs and chickens for the animal projects that raise funds and subsidise the children’s feeding. We have given the school desks & blackboards, educational materials. Also equipment for games, tools and a rainwater tank for cultivating the land, to help provide a meal for the children every day, clothes and shoes for those who have so little and, significantly, donated hundreds of mosquito nets that must have saved many in the village from the terrible sickness of Malaria, and undoubtedly saved lives.
Solar power has been installed so that many of the buildings have light so the children can study at night and to power computers etc. And of course the most valuable of all a borehole has been sunk 80 metres down, providing fresh clean water for many, many years ahead!
James has retired and new administration is now in place. After much thought and discussion with her family and close friends Gerry has decided that it is now time for her to move on and leave the School Management Committee, the PTA and the community to take the school forward. Self-sufficiency was always the intention and with good management it can be achieved. We’ve done all we can to provide the community with all the facilities a school in Uganda needs and it is now time for them to run it themselves which was always the aim.
As Gerry moves on from St James she is still going to be visiting Uganda annually as the country has become her second home and she has her Ugandan ‘family’ who mean a lot to her. She looks forward to continuing her work to help those less fortunate than ourselves and The Hollies will continue to support her with any future ventures.
See the wide range of events, activities and lessons the children have taken part in through our photo galleries and photo stories.