motto: 

In friendship across the world

It is said in Africa that  'One drop of rain raises the pond.' 

We need you to help this 'pond' become a lake.

Every penny donated goes to the project to help change a child's life forever. 

~ PLEASE NOTE -  Although our own charity will be closing , the funds we have awarded to CALM Africa are already making a difference. Please read their reports below. 

To continue your support of projects in Uganda after the closure of School for Uganda, please contact either:

 Children First Uganda https://childrenfirstuganda.co.uk/   

email: anthonylbateman@gmail.com

or 

CALM Africa  https://calmafricaug.org/

email:  jks.calmafrica@gmail.com

We thank all of our supporters for their loyalty, kindness, and generosity over the years. It is a sad day and the decision to close down our charity has been a painful one. Following the loss of the school structures due to the actions of a person that we trusted and supported for years, and their deceit in attempting to hide what they had done, we have no choice other than to draw a final line under our work, however, all is not lost. The money achieved from the sale of our land in Uganda has been distributed to other charities that submitted bids for funding for their work with the children, widows, and orphans of Uganda. We hope that our legacy of care and global awareness may be carried forward in some small ways through these donations. Thank you.

Our motto is 'Moving Forwards in Friendship' and this remains firm.

~ Building Schools ~ Giving Hope ~ Updates ~

Update 12th March 2024:

CALM AFRICA’S REPORT ON THE SCHOOLS FOR UGANDA PROJECT:

MARCH 2024

1.0 Introduction:
Dear Friends, partners, colleagues; this is the second and final Report of CALM Africa on the Schools for Uganda Project.  In 2023, CALM Africa successfully secured a grant from the Manx; a registered charity under the Schools for Uganda Project. We do appreciate the financial support given by the said charity and the guidance provided by Children First Uganda (CFU) in running the project. The aforementioned project empowered CALM Africa to construct a two class- roomed Block; support and empower vulnerable women and young people with relevant skills in agriculture. The project seems to have positively impacted on the target groups. Economic security is becoming evident among the project beneficiaries as they are now evidently empowered to produce, think, continue to learn and adopt. CALM Africa is challenged to maintain this very momentum and ensure that the project impact is sustained.

2.0 Background
This is the second reporting on the Schools of Uganda Project undertaken by CALM Africa working with children First Uganda. After Securing a Grant from the Manx Registered Charity under the schools for Uganda Project, CALM Africa started the implementation process of the project with three key areas, namely;

Construction of a new wing at the Jolly Mercy Learning Centre -£ 21,000
Supporting Widows, Grandmothers and Young Single Mothers to learn entrepreneurship skills, crafting skills, start small businesses and improve their savings -£4,000
Supporting the Multiplication and Demonstration Farm of CALM Africa to train 200+ young adults in organic agriculture and animal husbandry -£7,000
CALM Africa submitted a first progress report for the project by end of 2023 and as one of the requirements for updating all stake holders on the progress, we wish to provide an updated report which will be the second report for the Schools for Uganda Project detailing areas which have been fully implemented as per the terms of acceptance;

 
3.0 The Key Implemented Activities
During the month of November 2023 CALM Africa started with the implementation of the Schools for Uganda project focusing on three areas as stated above. CALM Africa started with the construction work of the two classroom block and thereafter embarked on training vulnerable groups in both agricultural and entrepreneurship skills. The three activities continued in the year 2024 and over 96% of the work was completed by the first week of March, 2024. The activities implemented herein can be seen in the pictures attached in this report.

 
3.1 Construction of the New Wing
The construction of the New Wing was done mainly in two phases. The first phase done in 2023 involved; designing the Plan and Plan Approval;  receiving a development permit; ground clearing and construction of the building foundation and thereafter brick laying. Details of the first phase are in our first report. The second construction phase included; roofing of the building, installing shutters, plastering of the building, making finishing works and painting the building.
The Two-Classroom Block is now complete, save the installation of electricity and plumbing work connecting to the national water grid (these additional works were not budgeted for). Please find attached herewith pictures showing the continuum and progress of the construction work with the support from Schools for Uganda Project

3.2 Training Youth in Agricultural and Animal Husbandry
On the 31st January 2024, CALM Africa commenced the Second training of Youth Trainers at the demonstration farm in Rakai District with a total of 43 youth trainers attending the training. The training was aimed at, making a follow up on the previous training undertaken and the progress reached by the youth trainers to other youths in the community and how they are coping with the implementation of skills learnt, challenges being faced in the farming communities, and also equipping them with more knowledge to navigate the changing seasons with new skills

Areas of Focus on the second Training
How to cater for the coffee in the farms, pre harvest and post-harvest
Preparing the ground and looking after the banana plantain and selection of suckers to transfer to other locations legumes to plant and how best to care for them, care for maize plants and post-harvest storage
Learning about the best grass to plant for the animals for high productivity
Making organic manure from composite waste
Bees rearing and how this can be done to boost the pollination process in the crops so as to obtain higher yields and  mixing of animal feeds

3.3 Entrepreneurship Skills Training
CALM Africa successfully undertook two trainings on Entrepreneurship Skills Training in Wakiso District during the month of February and a total of 47 people who fall under the widows, single mothers and grandparents attended and fully participated in the trainings. These trainings were conducted at the Jolly Mercy Learning Centre with the first training conducted between 1st -2nd February and the second training conducted between the 15th and 16th of February 2024. The trainings were opened by the Community Development Officer who is the government representative at the Town council level, doubling as one in charge of monitoring the activities of all charitable organizations in the Town Council. He encouraged all the trainees to fully put what they leant into practice and to pass it on to others who may not have received this opportunity of attending the workshop. He commended the work CALM Africa does and pledged to continue working closely for betterment the community members.
The two groups trained in the following areas;
Educating them on mindset change, need to make self-assessments, making family budgets, making Priorities in expenditures, learning to market their skills or items, learning to save and invest, and Group formation
Practical hand skills like making paper bags for all products that are on the market
Extraction of threads from plantain by-products; after removal of the plantain for food so what is left generates some income also
Making use of the surroundings to keep healthy especially with use of herbal medicines from plants that are around us so as to reduce costs of medical care
Making confectioneries for home as well as for sale in a more simple and cheap way. These included; making crisps, baking daddies, mandazi of all kinds, Sumbusas and soft chapatis
All members were involved and encouraged to form groups so that they can be supported and possibly linking them to government projects which can only be accessed through formation of groups which will work together. Below are pictures showing the trainings undertaken and some activities conducted?

3.3.1 Success case studies
“It should be noted that after this training, I was able to raise some money from washing clothes for other people and have started frying samosa’s and mandazi in the mornings before I go to do other work. This has enabled me increase on my income and ease my pressure to cater for family and for this am grateful” testimony from Edina Namuwamwiza-Aka Mama Bigino

“I have started making some paper bags at my home and getting threads from my banana plantations stems after removing the banana from the plantation. This is enabling me to get some money which is providing income to meet my daily needs. For this am thankful for this training” Namusoke Robinah

4.0 Accountability (Expenditure in light of the Project Budget - see gallery for table)

5.0 Addendum Work to the Completed Building
The Two-Classroom Block is now complete, save the installation of electricity and plumbing work connecting to the national water grid. CALM Africa is looking for some money to install electricity and do plumbing work for the water facilities to work effectively.
Below is a breakdown of the items needed for the full functionally of the completed building;

-Electrical wiring and installation for the whole building. This is estimated a cost of       £714
-Plumbing works for the toilets which is estimated at                                                         £1,297
-Two Water Harvesting Tanks each with a capacity to harvest 10,000 liters each estimated at £1,333

6.0 Lessons Learnt
6.1 Construction of the two-classroom block
The building, ‘ELLAN VANNIN WING’ added beauty and value to the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) of JMLC…the school of CALM Africa.  Secondly, the availability of money and early planning enabled CALM Africa to complete the building on a record time of three months. Thirdly, community members do now appreciate the growth of JMLC and more enrollment is being registered. 

6.2 Training Youth in Agricultural and Animal Husbandry
Coffee Farming Insights: learners reported increased understanding of pre and post-harvest coffee farming techniques. However, some struggled with pest management issues and sought more guidance on sustainable solutions.

Banana Plantain Care: Participants shared success stories in preparing the ground and transferring suckers to new locations. Some learners sought additional guidance on selecting the most suitable suckers for optimal growth.

Legumes Cultivation: Participants appreciated learning about legume cultivation and expressed confidence in applying the acquired knowledge. However, a few learners faced challenges in recognizing and addressing common legume pests and diseases.

Maize Plant Care and Storage: Many trainees (80%) reported improved maize plant care practices, but some highlighted difficulties in post-harvest storage techniques. Learners expressed the need for ongoing support and workshops focused on storage solutions.

Grass Selection for Livestock: Knowledge gained and participants felt more informed about the best grass varieties for livestock. Some learners sought clarification on adapting grass choices to specific climatic conditions.

Organic Manure Production: Many learners successfully produced organic manure from composite waste. Some participants expressed interest in advanced techniques for large-scale organic manure production.

Bee Rearing for Pollination: Learners were enthusiastic about bee rearing's potential to boost crop yields through enhanced pollination. A few participants sought more information on managing beehives to avoid potential risks.

Animal Feed Mixing: Participants demonstrated improved skills in mixing animal feeds. Some learners requested additional sessions to refine their understanding and explore alternative feed combinations.

Project Doers' (CALM Africa) Insights:

Training Impact Assessment: Project doers observed positive changes in the practical application of farming skills among the youth trainers. Trainees suggested periodic follow-up sessions to reinforce learned concepts and address emerging challenges.

Community Challenges: CALM Africa identified common challenges faced by farming communities, such as pest management, post-harvest losses, and knowledge gaps. Planning tailored community outreach programs to address identified challenges.

Knowledge Transfer Strategies: CALM Africa acknowledged the effectiveness of hands-on training and practical demonstrations. Considering incorporating more interactive sessions in future training programs for continuous improvements

Adapting to Changing Seasons: CALM Africa made Critical Consideration; emphasizing the importance of equipping youth trainers with knowledge to adapt to changing climate patterns. CA will be exploring partnerships for advanced climate-smart agriculture training programs.

Feedback Loop Establishment: CALM Africa integrated a feedback loop mechanism to gather ongoing insights from learners and address evolving needs. CA will start emphasizing the importance of open communication channels for continuous improvement.

6.3   Lessons Learned from the Entrepreneurship Skills Training - February 2024

Learners' Perspectives:
Mindset Change and Self-Assessment: Participants appreciated the emphasis on mindset change and self-assessment, recognizing the importance of personal development. However, some learners found it challenging to adapt their mindset and habits to align with entrepreneurial principles.

Financial Management and Budgeting:  Attendees reported improved skills in making family budgets and prioritizing expenditures. Some participants expressed interest in advanced financial management techniques and investment strategies.

Marketing Skills Development: Learners gained valuable insights into marketing their skills and products to others. Many participants sought guidance on expanding their marketing reach and accessing larger markets.

Importance of Savings and Group Formation: Trainees shared success stories of initiating savings and forming support groups. Participants expressed a desire for continued support and collaboration within their formed groups.

Practical Hand Skills: Participants learned practical hand skills such as making paper bags, utilizing plantain waste for thread extraction, and crafting confectioneries. Some learners encountered difficulties in mastering the techniques initially but showed improvement over time.

Health Awareness and Herbal Medicine: trainees appreciated the focus on health awareness and the use of herbal medicines. Some participants expressed concerns about identifying and utilizing the correct herbal remedies safely.

Project Doers' (CALM Africa) Insights:
Community Engagement and Government Collaboration: CALM Africa received positive feedback from the community development officer and participants for their efforts in organizing the training. Strengthening collaboration with government offices was highlighted as crucial for accessing additional resources and support.

Impact Assessment: CALM Africa noted several success stories, including increased income generation through entrepreneurial activities like cloth washing, samosa and mandazi frying, and paper bag making.  CALM Africa will start emphasizing the importance of ongoing support and mentorship to sustain and expand the successes achieved by participants.

Community Empowerment and Livelihood Improvement: The training contributed to tangible improvements in participants' livelihoods, as evidenced by increased income and diversified income sources. CALM Africa expressed a commitment to organizing similar training programs and exploring avenues for scaling up impact across other communities.

Monitoring and Evaluation:  CALM Africa emphasized the importance of integrating participant feedback into future training programs to address emerging needs and challenges effectively. Implementing robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track long-term impacts and identify areas for improvement.

7.0 CONCLUSION:
CALM Africa CALM Africa working with children First Uganda wishes to record its gratitude to the Manx Registered Charity under the Schools for Uganda Project, a generous Grant used to do three key activities reported on in this report. It is because of you, partners that we have been able to continue doing our mandate and ensure that vulnerable children are supported. Indeed the grant helped CALM Africa to stay steadfast and plan for sustainability. We appreciate the tremendous work and your timely input. Your passion, hard work experiences, considerations, ingenuity, commitment and reputation have been crucial between last year and this very year, 2024. You have made CALM Africa more relevant and impactful. We are confident that the continued collaboration with the Manx Friends shall build on the recorded success to attain even greater heights in our quest for improving child protection and making children’s rights a reality.

Submitted by:       James Kimera Ssekiwanuka, PhD…..Director CALM Africa

CALM Africa First report December 2023

Update 29th December 2023:

Very happy news to end 2023 and look towards 2024! 

Learning in 'Friendship Across the World' continues with the raising of this new school classroom block at Jolly Mercy Learning Centre.

Please take a moment to read the following report from CALM Africa regarding progress so far using the funds that School for Uganda awarded them after their successful bid. 

CALM AFRICA’S REPORT ON THE SCHOOLS FOR UGANDA PROJECT:

 FIRST REPORT 2023

1. 0 Background

Calm Africa, in collaboration with Children First Uganda, successfully secured a grant from a Manx registered charity under the Schools for Uganda Project. The allocated funding is intended for three primary areas, with a requirement for periodic reports on the progress and ongoing initiatives. The designated areas for expenditure include:
Construction of a new wing at the Jolly Mercy Learning Centre -£ 21,000
Supporting Widows, grandmothers and young single mothers to learn entrepreneurship skills, crafting skills, start small businesses and improve their savings -£4,000
Supporting the multiplication and demonstration of CALM Africa to train 200+ young adults in organic agriculture and animal husbandry -£7,000
The total cost for the three aforementioned project activities is estimated at £32,000. These initiatives will be executed by CALM Africa under the supervision of Children First Uganda. CALM Africa has meticulously devised an implementation plan aimed at ensuring robust accountability of the funds and facilitating efficient reporting on each facet of the project's implementation. The breakdown of the implementation plan, aligned with the key areas of the project for the initial phase, is detailed below

2.0 Project Design and First Phase

2.1 Construction Work:-

Designing the plan and approval of the plan
Contract Signing with a  construction firm
Obtaining necessary materials and starting the construction works

2.2 Training Youth In Agricultural And Animal Husbandry

Identification of  Trainers and Suppliers of Materials and equipment
Procurement of equipment and materials to be used in the training
First Training of  youth  trainers in agricultural best practices 

2.3 Project Implementation Plan

In November 2023, CALM Africa initiated the implementation plan of the Schools for Uganda project. The implementation commenced with two primary activities: Construction works and training in agricultural and animal husbandry. These activities were scheduled for execution during the months of November and December. The third activity, Entrepreneurship training, is earmarked for the second phase in the year 2024.

3.0 Construction of the New Wing

Designing the Plan and Plan Approval

CALM Africa engaged architects to design a blueprint for a two-roomed building with a toilet facility for construction. The proposed plan was meticulously drafted and submitted to the local council authorities for approval. Following a comprehensive ground inspection by the local council authorities, a development permit was issued, granting the green light for the commencement of construction works.

Contract Signing with a Construction Firm

CALM Africa successfully enlisted the services of MJAC Services, a reputable building company, to execute the construction of the two-roomed building at the Jolly Mercy Learning Centre. Subsequently, a formal contract was signed, marking the official initiation of the construction project. Work promptly commenced in accordance with the agreed-upon terms and conditions.

Obtaining necessary materials and starting the construction works

All the building materials required for the construction works up to the wall plate level were procured and the work begun with the excavation process, digging of the foundation, building blocks which will be at the wall plate level by the end of the year 2023. We have attached pictorial views to show the stages of the Construction work so far below;

4.0 Training Youth in Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Identification of Trainers and Suppliers of Materials and equipment CALM Africa contracted three trainers for the skills training. Two of these have been working with CALM Africa and were retained for another two years to continue with the training work to the youths. Additionally, a new trainer was recruited specifically for instructing on the formation of saving groups and imparting knowledge on the processes and significance of savings to these youth groups. This strategic approach ensures a diverse and comprehensive skill set is delivered to the project's beneficiaries. Procurement of equipment and materials to be used in the training All the required materials for the commencement of the first training were procured and in place for the training to commence   First Training of youth trainers in agricultural best practices On the 4th December 2023, CALM Africa commenced the first training of youth who will also double as youth trainers to the other youth in agricultural and animal husbandry practices. This training was conducted in Rakai District at the CA Multiplication and Demonstration Farm and a total of 45 youth attended the first training which lasted for three days. Areas of training were as under; Various animal grasses/pastures to plant, different animal diseases, treatment of animals and birds; - Here teaching was made on different symptoms to look out for, different medication that can be used and prescriptions to give. The different animals and birds at the Farm were given immunization and deworming, sorting the cloned coffee seedlings and transplanting to bigger pots before being planted to the farm.

5.0 Plans for 2024: The next phase of activities will commence in the New Year with the following key activities being conducted; 

 5.1 Construction Work:  Roofing of the building, paintings, floor casting and the shuttering of the building and the building will be ready for use by June 2024 

 5.2 Training Youth in Agricultural and Animal Husbandry: Second training of youths in agricultural practices; and distribution of Seedlings and seeds to youth who have been trained 

5.3 Entrepreneurship Trainings: Two trainings will be done both in Rakai and Wakiso district targeting a total of 100 single mothers, grandmothers and widows in 2024; Supporting these groups to form small village saving schemes and SACCOS; and Supporting these groups to start small businesses 

 6.0 Conclusion.      We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Manx registered Charity   under the Schools for Uganda Project for their invaluable support to CALM Africa. This generous assistance plays a pivotal role in uplifting the lives of vulnerable children, youths, and women facing challenging circumstances, enabling them to contribute positively to the development of their communities. CALM Africa is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the success of this project and eagerly anticipates a sustained and fruitful relationship with the Manx registered Charity for many more years to come. 

 Merry Christmas and Happy New 2024

Previous Updates:

Update December 2023:

The funds recovered from the Hope and Joy project through the sale of the 5 acre site have been distributed between two charities working to better the lives of communities and children in Uganda.

1.  WaterAid for use in its Uganda Community programmes.

2.  Children First Uganda working in Supporting CALM Africa.

We will receive updates regarding the use of these funds and the impact they have continuing to move Forwards in Friendship.


Update October 2023:

All ties between School for Uganda and the individual who was leading Hope and Joy School's development have been severed following their actions which led to the destruction of the project. The land has now been sold and the funds raised from the sale are being re-distributed. Moving Forwards in Friendship, we continue to have faith in the inherent goodness of people. 


Who we are.

School for Uganda is a small charity registered in the Isle of Man. (Reg. No.976)

The initial roots of this project, and indeed the charity, lie within an educational linking project between the two schools. Foxdale Primary School, Isle of Man (International School Award October 2007- 2013) & Good Hope School, Namungoona, Uganda.

As a primary school teacher here in the Isle of Man I started the charity as it became evident that the magnitude of the project I wanted to run was beyond the remit of a small primary school to continue with, and whilst the educational linking element was maintained for a period between children in Ballasalla Primary School, Isle of Man and Hope and Joy Primary and Nursery School, Serrinya, Uganda, all other elements of the project are held by the charity independently of any Manx school. 

Our aim is to provide infrastructure and support for the children, widows and orphans of Uganda helping them to achieve an education. It is our intention to give the gift of hope to children and families for building a future based on being able to access education and skills training.

All donations go directly to the projects and none is 'creamed off' for salaries or payments to the people running the charity.

It is said in Africa that 'one drop of rain raises the pond' - if we all added our 'drop' maybe that pond could become a lake. How good would that be!

Change a life forever by helping with the project in any way you can. Contact Elizabeth today to find out more.

Information last updated: December 2020

Plans for the 5 acre site were drawn and approved. 

University class

The roof was raised on the first block of four classrooms.

Now, following a catastrophic decision made by the headteacher which saw all the previous structures demolished in 2019, the re-building of the school has begun .

Projects

In Serinya, Wakiso :

Hope and Joy Nursery and Primary School

In Kakiri:

Youth Empowerment Centre

In Fort Portal :

Widows and orphans

Ugandan syllabus

Lessons are taught in Lugandan to the youngest children then in English and Swahili as the students get older. The school follows the required syllabus set down by the Ugandan government.

Youth Empowerment Centre

This is an exciting new project which is situated in Kakiri. It aims to provide opportunities to young people who have either been unable to access training or education, or who need to have support in transferring their skills in to practically starting their own businesses.

Widows have a safe home

Widow Khadija was living in a house that was about to collapse. School for Uganda built her a new house and here she is, 11 years later still safe in her house and still earning her living from making and selling baskets.

Stories of lives changed...

The students

The students come from the surrounding villages - many of them are orphaned. Their drive and passion to achieve an education is immense and they take huge pride in being able to study. For many it will be the difference between life and death, for a young person with an education has a greater chance to eventually achieve a job that will be able to feed his or her family. We will bring you individual stories of young people and their families as the years pass and we are able to discover the difference that accessing an education has made to their lives.

Student

Children and families have accessed free dental care when a dental mission visited Hope and Joy school. We hope that this is something that can be repeated in the future.

Student

These twins want to become engineers - it is their dream to return something to their community.

Student

Children learn about agriculture and animal husbandry as a part of their curriculum. These skills can help them to go on to get a job caring for animals as well as caring well for their own animals in order to feed their families.

Student

One of these girls, Catherine,  lost her mother in a tragic accident. She was able to achieve sponsorship through her next year at Hope and Joy School and is reported to be an excellent student who is making good progress. 

Student

A drink of water from the roof harvester - safer than from a pond or ditch.

Student

Goats provide a good source of protein but they sometimes eat the matoke plants!

Student

The young man who dug the well was able to feed his family with the money he earned, another of the building firm's employees was able to purchase a bicycle which made accessing work much easier for him because he could travel more easily.

Student

The dental mission from Port Erin in the Isle of Man made a difference to the lives of many - they treated all who came free of charge and saw adults as well as children.

Student

Children are happy to wash their lunchtime plates - it means that they and their friends have eaten some nourishing food that day.