Kenya: Na Shukuru Sana Ondati

We’ve been in Ondati, Kenya, for 6 weeks now and time is flying by!  Our time here so far has mostly consisted of creating awareness of the TAMTF self-sufficient school model.  All students and staff can now detail the main objectives for this year.  Everyone is excited to improve current projects, as well as start new ones, and we have allotted time for project training in the school day.  To date we have had multiple project meetings with students, committee, teaching staff and general staff to discuss the implementation of the model.

Uganda: The impact of cultural attitudes on girls' education.

Girls are often denied the same educational opportunities as boys due to cultural attitudes and poverty. Although these factors vary from country to country, there are trends that highlight the lack of opportunities for girls worldwide. This area has become a priority for many global organizations, including the World Bank who state that ‘Girls’ education and the promotion of gender equality in education are vital to development, and policies and actions that do not address gender disparities miss critical development opportunities.’1

Karibu Kenya

One week down, although so much has happened in this time it feels like much longer.  After a busy few days in Kisumu, trying to stock

Uganda: Learning by doing.

As the sun sets on term one, its time for the school to reward those students who have shown real commitment to the St Denis Self Sufficiency project and learning new skills over the past 10 weeks.

(Being on the equator, the sun in Makondo sets at 7:00pm for the whole year.)

Uganda: More about Med.

Katongole Mohammed (from the clan of the cow) is a 17 year old Senior 2 boarding student at St Denis Makondo. His family is from a village some 10 km away from the school and consists of Mum, Dad, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. His Mother and Father undertake several income activities in order to support their family, including farming matooke, beans and maize, the staple foods in the district. The majority of the food grown is eaten by the family, but excess is sold to other community members who come by the house to purchase.

Uganda: The rain has finally come.

The ups and downs of March have made it an exciting month but everyone is breathing a sigh of relief since the rains have finally arrived and the landscape is rapidly returning to it’s lush green colour. The extended dry season had made life difficult for families in the district, since the ground was too hard for digging, water sources were further away and muddy, and a shortage of food meant unaffordable prices for many people. 

Uganda: Lets make some money!

Term 1 is now in full swing across the region, and with elections and valentines day (a very big deal) out of the way, St Denis students can now fully focus on their studies. I have been enjoying maths, entrepreneurship, agriculture and geography lessons, and finding that my GCSE maths is a little rusty! 

Uganda: Predictable results

Hopefully many of you have been thinking about Uganda recently what with all the election coverage… yes they took place last Friday and the results were officially announced on Sunday evening with President Museveni maintaining leadership.

Uganda: Shopping for the new term.

So…. Having been here for nearly six weeks with no students to speak of, school has finally started! Well, it is gradually starting I should say, as we are still missing some students and the new first years are waiting to receive their exam results before registering. 

Uganda: Spruced up cows and some baking.


The school holidays have given us a good opportunity to iron out some issues that are affecting the productivity of the businesses. 

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