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The students are coming!

Sunday, 25 April 2010-After the last, slightly less than optimistic post, I am delighted to be able to say that we have managed to increase student numbers! 4 new additions to the first year, and 4 of the third year students are now regular(ish) attendees, which is helping to give more life to the school. Classes are being given, and the year plan is beginning to advance.

The first year students are currently tending to the vegetable production in the school, and the onion sprouts are growing well, now nearly 15 cm high.

My first month in Bolivia

Tuesday, 6 April 2010- I can hardly believe that an entire month has passed already since I first came to the project in Tarairi, the first project officer for a fledgling project. Quite a change from London to the Bolivian Chaco, and not just in terms of temperature!During my first introduction to the school on a hot and dusty Sunday afternoon I was shown the two dairy cows (Mamila and Cleo) and their year old calves, the semi constructed chicken coop, the silos where corn was being stored until the market price would rise, the three functioning beehives which have yet to be harvested, and the 15 beehives which still need to be placed and have their queens installed.


May has been a month of extremes in Ondati. While we have made some determined progress on the school businesses, factors outside our control have caused some severe disturbances to the project.

A lot of progress and a little Good Bye...

Saturday, March 20, 2010- Another month of great progress here at St. Denis. The construction work at the school is finished and our four businesses are ready for some serious profit:

The cow shelter has a concrete floor which will make sure our cows will stay dry during the coming rainy season. Also, there now is a fence which will hopefully stop our cows wandering off into places like the computer room again (see December Blog).

Happy New Year…

Saturday, February 13, 2010- The New Year 2010 started off well for the self sufficiency project at St. Denis as we received a substantial amount of funding! Funds will be used for our existing dairy and matooke business as well as help to establish two new projects - a school supplies shop and canteen as well as a posho mill. Truly a great start to the New Year!

Merry Christmas...

Sunday, December 20, 2009- Christmas holidays are in full swing, and with all the students gone school has gotten terribly quiet. The last few weeks have nevertheless seen some great progress.
At the end of November I travelled to Kampala to visit an organisation called ‘Private Education Development Network’ (www.pedn.org). Amongst other things they specialise in training teachers to deliver entrepreneurship courses for students and we are hoping that there will be potential for cooperation in the future.

More new arrivals...

Thursday, November 19, 2009- Over the past month there have been many new developments here at St. Denis Secondary School!
 Our S4 students have finished their O-Levels (GSCEs) and are now enjoying their newly gained freedom. S1 – S3 are still in full exam mode working hard to achieve good marks for their end of year examinations, but they too are looking forward to finishing them at the end of this week.

Goodbye and Welcome!

Sunday, November 15, 2009- It is about one month since I arrived here in Makondo to take over as new project officer from Gemma. Saying good bye to Gemma was a sad occasion for everyone here in the village as she has done a brilliant job and will be dearly missed. However, everyone was really friendly and welcomed me to the community with open arms.

Parties, cows and a new intern...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009- It’s been a busy few weeks at St Denis over the last few weeks as I prepare to leave and handover to new intern Christina.

Students returned to school a few weeks ago after a month holiday, and they are now studying hard in preparation for their final exams at the end of the month.

Piglets are on their way!

Sunday, July 12, 2009- The big news from this week is that three of the pigs in the Send a Piglet Home Project are now pregnant! This means that in four months time they will give birth and be able to pass on a piglet to another student for the project to begin again. Preparations will now be started for selecting the new beneficiaries and getting them ready to receive a new addition to their family. The students will prepare a presentation for the new beneficiaries so they can share with them their new found pig rearing skills and experiences.

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