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SMK Violin Classes- 2015

Posted on November 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM

For over 2 years, SMK has had the unique opportunity to offer Violin lessons to students. Violin is not a typical instrument learned here in Uganda, so these classes really set SMK apart from other area schools. These weekly classes have been a joint funding effort of American-based, Strings for Uganda, and Ugandan-based, Kampala Music School. Both have been exceptional partners and supporters of this program.

 

During the 2015 school year, there were 17 students in Prima...

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Another CTT Graduate

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 8:05 AM

CTT can add another University graduate to their growing list of Alumni... Samarie graduated from Ndejje University with her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. 

 

Samarie has been an orphan at SMK since her early years of Primary School.  Mama Rosemary took exceptional interest in Samarie as a young girl.  She has spent most of her holidays at Rosemary's home, and she has been a valuable Special Projects Coordinator for SMK ...

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Upcoming Holiday Fun

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Schools will be releasing students for the Academic year during these upcoming couple of weeks. Students will enjoy their long 2 month holiday from school. Here at SMK, we will be anticipating the CTT Team 9 visit in mid-December. (More on that visit for follow.) SMK Administration really works extra hard to ensure that orphans are able to visit their guardians during this time, too.

 

During the year, visitors send over fun things for the children to experience. Some a...

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The Pope is Coming! The Pope is Coming!

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 4:00 AM

At the end of this month from November 27-29, Uganda will be hosting the Catholic Pope. While I am not Catholic, I can't offer much more information than the basics.  Pope Francis will be at least the 3rd Pope to make visit to Uganda since their Independence. Specifically, Pope Francis will be in Uganda to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's canonisation during the first visit by a pontiff to Africa of 22 Catholic martyrs -- converts to Christianity who were executed in th...

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Petra Completes Primary

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 6:05 AM

The first time I met Petra she was a young Primary 1 student. Her older siblings, Nicky and Isabella, had been living at SMK for some years, but it was Petra’s first year studying at SMK. She was just learning English. When we met, Petra firmly grasped my hand and literally refused to let go for the duration of my visit. She cried insolubly when that visit ended. I promised that I would come back, as my heart was aching as much as hers.

 

Later when I moved here to...

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2015 National Examinations in Uganda

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 1:55 AM

Every year during the months of October and November, Uganda facilitates 3 National Examinations for particular classes of students. From my experiences here in Uganda, I continue to maintain that education in Uganda is a privilege, not a right. The Uganda Education System is currently structured like a 3-tiered pyramid. After taking each of these highly revered National Examinations only the brightest are eligible to advance up the educational tier to the next level, as long as they can a...

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Isabella's Mural at Taibah

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 6:55 AM

 

Isabella’s talent for painting continues to grow and mature. Taibah International School recognized and encouraged her artistic talents long ago. Before completing her studies this year, the school asked her to contribute a special piece. Isabella worked independently to complete...

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Entebbe Bypass Highway Thru Kawali update

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 2:35 AM

The Entebbe Express Highway project continues to progress. In Phase 1 of the project, the highway has been constructed in non-residential areas. During Phase 2 of the project, residents will be paid a ‘fair market value’ for their property and be displaced as the highway runs through villages. During Phase 3 of the project, the road will be paved and somehow toll markers will be established.

 

Currently, the project is nearing the end of Phase 1. Here is Kajj...

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Kawali Rock Quarry

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 4:30 AM

When the Entebbe Express Highway was constructed through Kawali (which will be the next blog post), the cliffs of Kawali became a rock quarry. These rocks are free ($$) for the taking. I have spent some time watching these workers, and it never fails to astound me!

 

Rocks are hand harvested and loaded. Men can be found with a rudimentary instrument similar to a crow bar to pry these large boulders from the cliffs. Several men then hoist these stones into the back of tru...

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Kawali Water Source

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 5:30 AM

As I previously mentioned, Kawali is the location of a fresh water spring that trickles into a small stream. It is one of the few free ($$) water sources in our area. Some houses have piped water (like mine) through the water company, so other community members can pay residence for usage of their outside water faucet. However, most residence use the Kawali water source. So early in the morning and in evening before dark dozens of people make the pilgrimage with their plastic jerrycans to ...

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