Nicaragua: A Year at La Bastilla

Monday, 17th January 2011.  Where has all the time gone?  I can’t believe that it has been a year already and that it’s time for me to pack my bags and say goodbye to La Bastilla and Nicaragua.

Uganda: First weeks and Tanzania!


Many thanks to Jamie and the previous project officers for keeping us so up to date with all of the happenings at St Denis. My name is Emily and I have taken over from Jamie here in Uganda to continue her work with the school and community in Makondo Parish.

Nicaragua: La Bastilla Agricultural Technical School Celebrates Its First Graduation

Thursday, 16th December 2010.  The 1st December 2010 will always be remembered as a special day in La Bastilla’s history.  This day marked La Bastilla Agricultural Technical School’s first ever graduation ceremony, with 15 students, including Escarlet who won a scholarship to study in the US starting in September 2010 (refer to 23rd June 2010 blog entry: “Bright Students, Promising Futures”), gaining the Agricultural Technical Certificate with Honours in Agribusiness.        

Nicaragua: Celebrations

Wednesday, 27th October 2010

These last couple of months have been relatively quiet here at La Bastilla compared to previous months, mostly due to the Independence Day and subsequent school holidays in the middle of September.   In the week leading up to Independence Day on 16th September, each year group at the technical school led and organised the morning’s school assembly, including performances by the teachers, culminating in a procession involving all 211 students from both the technical and primary and regular secondary school through Las Colinas community.

Nicaragua: Have I Got News For You!

Wednesday, 25th August 2010 - It’s been quite a while since my last entry and have I got news for you!  Where to begin? 

Nicaragua: Bright Students, Promising Futures.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2010 - This month I thought I would do a special blog entry writing exclusively about the students of La Batsilla Agricultural School who are, afterall, the protagonists of this educational programme.  The following profiles are of five determined and ambitious students who have stood out for their achievements in the last few months, and are clear about what they would like to accomplish in the future. 

Uganda: Meet John

Uganda: Posho Mill Update - Creating something from Nothing

Only one month on and St. Denis has created something from nothing! See our construction progress....

What once was an empty field...

Now is transformed!

Two new arrivals and some hail

So you thought that it did not get cold in southern Bolivia! Well, our thermometer proves you wrong, as does the hail that nearly broke the sheet on top of our greenhouse in July! A lack of heating and a broken shower led to us spending much of the middle two weeks of July hiding in our kitchen, wrapped in blankets and huddled round the stove. Or a fire outdoors.

Uganda: Kampala Bombings

Here in Makondo we awoke to the news - I myself awoke to a text messages from concerned family and friends back in the U.S. Breakfast was subdued throughout the village, families huddled around radios and televisions... 3 bomb blasts in Kampala during the World Cup Final, over 70 injured, the death toll climbing with at least 70 dead....

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