ERECTION OF A FENCE
The school authorities require the erection of a fence along the road that divides the school grounds in order to protect the children.
Amasiko e.V.will cover the costs for the construction of this fence!
Work to erect this fence is well underway and is being managed by master mason Kabarebe.
In July 2021, the Technical Director, Frank Akankwasa informed us that the fence along the road requested by the school authorities has now been completed.
Despite the difficulties of obtaining building materials in Corona time, Master Mason Kabarebe and his staff were able to successfully complete this project
The fence is up and waiting for the children
THE CORONA SITUATION IN UGANDA
This also affects our project work this year. Worse, however, are the drastic social consequences for the population: public transportation has been completely shut down, private vehicles are not allowed to carry more than 3 people, and shared cabs are no longer allowed to take passengers. All public gatherings have been banned, churches and schools have been closed by the authorities.
We will continue our work for Uganda despite all the adverse circumstances.
NOW OUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER.
The spread of the virus, especially in a country like Uganda with a fragile and dilapidated health care system, is hard on the people. It is therefore understandable that people fear that food will soon no longer be available.
CALL FOR HELP FROM UGANDA
Amasiko Greenschool sent a call for help to Amasiko e.V. in April 2020 with the request for one-time support. The purchase of supplies is intended to reduce the financial burden on the parents. Above all, the children should receive a proper food supply even during the time the school is closed.
The local head and technical director of the school, Frank Akankwasa, has drawn up a list of 200 families whose children attend the school. We support these families by purchasing one bag each of 25 kg of maize flour for the preparation of posho, the traditional staple food, and 12 kg of beans.
In a concerted effort, Amasiko e.V. and the Dutch organization LCP (Let the children play) each immediately transferred €2,500 as emergency aid. This will ensure the basic supply of about 200 families for about 4 – 6 weeks
CORONA AID “FOOD”
Arrival, storage and distribution of cornmeal and beans
The board of Amasiko e.V. is in close contact with the local contacts to discuss further sustainable measures in this extraordinarily difficult time.
During the Corona pandemic, schools continue to be officially closed for classes.
RENOVATION AND CLEANING WORK.
Following this work, the buildings will be given a new coat of paint.
WATER CANISTERS FOR HYGIENIC HAND CLEANING
In preparation for the new start of the school, the board has discussed with the teachers the purchase of water canisters for hygienic hand washing of the students. Teachers will be instructed in hygienic hand washing by the Technical Director. All students are to be instructed on the necessity of hand washing at the new start.In September 2020, the first water canisters were set up and placed in front of each school door. This measure was positively received by the school inspectors.
Frank Akankwasa and the teachers at the new wash racks
Amasiko e.V. is reacting to the Corona outbreak and the resulting restrictions on public transport. In order to ensure mobility and to enable contact with the outside world in case of emergency, Amasiko eV. has purchased a motorcycle. The technical director of the school, see photo, Frank Akankwasa, is responsible for the use, maintenance and care of the motorcycle.
THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS WILL BE COMPLETED IN 2020
The nursery school for the youngest children now looks really good. A retaining wall was built to secure the site, as the photo impressively shows. The equipment with chairs and tables was provided by the Dutch organization LCP (Let the children play). During an on-site visit by members of Amasiko e.V., a list of missing items such as cabinets and teaching materials was drawn up. Their acquisition will be discussed at the next general meeting.
SCHOOL KITCHEN AND SHELTER FOR THE CHILDREN
A shelter for the children while queuing for school meals was missing until now. In October 2019, the work began. Now the children are no longer exposed to the sun and rain without protection.
Status until October 2019
Start of construction October 2019
Completion August 2020
The now existing shelter for the school kitchen is now waiting to be reopened . It still lacks dishwashing facilities as well as pantry shelving.
RETAINING WALL TO SECURE THE SCHOOL KITCHEN
As in the kindergarten building, a retaining wall had to be built for the school kitchen. This was completed on site by master mason Kabarebe. Thus, the slope at this building is also secured against erosion and landslides.
The region in southern Uganda is one of the most thunderstorm-prone areas in the world. Thus, the risk of an impact is always present. Wilfried van der Veen, our man on the ground and head of Amasiko Resource Center and Frank Akankwasa, the technical director of the school, discussed the situation in detail with the board.
We were able to have lightning conductors for the school, school kitchen, kindergarten and administration building installed by a Ugandan specialist company immediately after obtaining a cost estimate.
Now the school, school kitchen, nursery school and administrative building are protected.
THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS WILL BE COMPLETED IN 2019
THE BIOGAS PLANT AND TOILET FACILITY
The biogas plant located underground can now only be guessed at.
It is completed and already provides part of the energy for the school kitchen.
Two wood-fired and two biogas-fired cookers so that the students can have a snack and a hot lunch. The new kitchen has also greatly improved the working conditions of the cooks. By using biogas and the chimney of the wood-burning stoves, they are no longer exposed to smoke, which is harmful to health.
Here, too, further work is useful:
– shelves for storage
– a durable floor covering
– interior plastering
– a flushing system
The toilet facility has been completed. This has significantly improved the hygienic conditions for the 320 students.
FOR SCHOOL CATERING: A NEW KITCHEN BUILDING
This year’s general meeting of the members of Amasiko e.V. took place on April 15, 2018. It was possible to look back on a successful year 2017. More classrooms could be built, which was also urgently needed, especially because of the sharp increase in the number of students.With the funding from the donations of “let the children play”, more classrooms could be furnished. The kitchen building is nearing completion. Now the procurement of the kitchen stoves can begin. This will ensure a food supply for up to 300 children.The next plenary meeting is scheduled for 7.4.2019.
This year’s general meeting took place on 01.04.2017 in Bad Schönborn. We could look back on a very successful year 2016. With the donations, the residential accommodation for teachers could be completed. In January 2017, the foundation stone was laid for the kitchen house. The financing, including the kitchen equipment, is fully secured from the donations from 2016. Furthermore, it is planned to start the construction of another classroom and a toilet facility in 2017. Here, too, we can make a significant contribution to the financing. Started for the further future is the planning for the construction of a kindergarten building. The board has been discharged for the work done in 2016 and was re-elected without dissenting votes. It continues to consist of: The 1st Chairman Dr. Wolfgang Pfaff-Simoneit, the 2nd Chairman Dieter Garms and the Treasurer Monika Simoneit.