Parachute Games, Chance Nabweya & Another Gizzard

Another early start this morning. The team met for breakfast and Joseph arrived early to join us for a cup of coffee. We had a few things to buy before heading into our schools, so we stopped in Mbale town en route. We gave pencils out to children earlier in the week, but realised we…

DEO’s Office, Commissioning the Electric & Sing-Song with the Mwenyis

We had a bit of a lie in this morning because we had been summoned to the Mbale DEO (District Education Office) for a meeting with the District Inspector, Lydia Musungu. She gave us a warm welcome to Uganda and gave us some of the context to their education system. She asked us each to…

Visiting the Schools & Meal at Mr Walyaula’s Home

Our day started bright and early again on Monday, ready to visit all of the schools we are linked with. At breakfast, Mr Mansfield was slathering on the Factor 50 suncream and borrowing a malaria tablet from Mrs Lewis, for the 3rd day in a row. Miss Butcher was over the moon with today’s breakfast…

Singing, Sipi and Sunset

After the most sleep we’ve had since arriving in Uganda, we were feeling fresh and ready to start day 4 of our Ugandan adventure. We gathered for breakfast dressed in our finest clothes ready for a visit to the local church.  As soon as we arrived at the church, we could hear the incredible singing…

Shopping, Painting and the ‘J Family’

After a wonderful night’s sleep in some very comfortable beds, we gathered for breakfast bright and early at 6:30am to begin our first official day of activities in Uganda! The breakfast spread was delicious and Mr Mansfield insisted we tried the Papaya. However…it was an unwelcome recommendation as Mr Mansfield knew very well it wasn’t…

Entebbe to Kampala to Mbale

No sooner had our sleepy heads hit the pillows, the alarms woke us up at 6am the following morning. Mr Mansfield could be heard knocking and shouting an extra wake up call through the hallway, though he was very impressed that the girls were already up and ready for breakfast. Lawrence had laid out a…

Back to Uganda – 2019

It was an early start this morning! The team met at 1:00am outside a very dark St. Julian’s Primary School, with suitcases piled high ready to travel to Birmingham Airport. Mr Rees and his wife very kindly agreed to wake up in the middle of the night to drive us all to the airport in…

The Long Goodbye

Both Mr Mansfield and Mr Prewett woke up very sad today, knowing that it was to be their last day in Uganda. We were up very early and started the none-too-exciting job of packing our suitcases. Luckily, having arrived with 6 cases, full to bursting point with the generous donations from our schools, the job…

An Emotional Day

Sorry to keep you waiting for this post! We’ve had an incredibly busy day which was topped off with a lovely meal with all of the people who have given us such a warm welcome during our time here. This rendered us far too emotional to be able to even type about the day! Here goes……

Back at Busiu

So today was another exciting day, as we set off to meet the St Julian’s link school, Busiu Primary. We were up very early, as it would take longer to get there and we wanted to make the most of our day with the school. We had visited the site 3 years ago, when Mr…

Back at Namunsi Primary

So, today was the day! We went to see Mr Walyaula’s new school! We woke up to 6.30am alarms, having been up until gone 1am, updating yesterday’s blogs. Feeling a little weary still, this quickly wore off when we realised that we were getting to teach and meet all of the children at Namunsi Primary…

Church, Singing and Boda Bodas

Another amazing day here in Uganda! The time is flying by and we are wishing we were staying here for longer than just a week. We had agreed to wake up at 7am but Mr Mansfield kept hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock. Mr Prewett was up and dressed and banging on Mr…

Shopping, School and Supper

Mulembe! (That means ‘hello’ in Lugisu, one of the languages they speak here in Mbale.) Another jam-packed day here in Uganda. We woke up at 6:30am, having arranged to meet Joseph and have breakfast prepared for us at 7am. Joseph arrived right on time, singing loudly as he approached our huts. We made our way…

Entebbe to Mbale

What a day! We set our alarm clocks for 6:00am to get an early start on the long journey ahead of us. Mr Prewett was first up, having had a bad dream during the night. He dreamt he was being attacked by insects and leapt out of bed. He felt much better after a shower…albeit…

Bristol to Entebbe – 2018

We have arrived in Entebbe, in Uganda! It has been an extremely long day of travelling, but we are so excited to have arrived! We set our alarms for 2am, an early start. Mr Mansfield set off from his house shortly after 2 and arrived at Mr Prewett’s house by 2:30am. We loaded up our…

Goodbye Mr Walyaula

Today was Mr Walyaula’s last day with us. He woke me up at around 6am (as he has done every morning this week!!) and asked me to make him breakfast. He had toast with jam, Pringles and has also developed a new-found love for porridge with Golden Syrup. After breakfast, he kindly offered to carry…

Meeting the Minister for Education

Today was Mr Walyaula’s first day at St. Julian’s Primary School. I woke him up very early and prepared some breakfast for him, which consisted of coffee, toast with jam and… Pringles! (He seems to love Pringles!) After breakfast, he put on his best Welsh tie, which Mr Prewett and I had bought for him,…

A Whirlwind Weekend!

So, Sam Walyaula arrived in the UK on Friday along with Jane, the teacher visiting Treorchy Comprehensive School. Mr Mansfield and I were very excited to travel down to collect them both as we have missed them greatly since meeting them in half term. In the meantime, Sam had taken the opportunity of being given…

Homeward Bound

Our last day here… 🙁 Although we weren’t going into school today, we still got up at 7:30am to say goodbye to Eleanor, Ruth, Joel and Aled, who are staying until the weekend. They were being picked up to be taken to their schools, so we thought we should be polite and get up to…

The Runaway Goat

We have just arrived back at our guest house for our final night in Uganda. It is a strange feeling; we have had a wonderful time here and it is difficult to be sad after such an amazing day today. We woke up early again and had lots to pack before our final journey to…

In at the Deep End

Today was a truly amazing day and one that we will definitely not forget for a very long time! After a very, very late night preparing resources, we woke up at 7am and showered. Both of our showers were amazing on day one, but now seem to be only a slight trickle of lukewarm water….

First Day at our School

Mr Mansfield and I woke with that excited feeling you get for the first day back at school. We were up bright and early for breakfast before our transport arrived to take us to school; all that was missing was waving goodbye to our mums! We were told that our school wasn’t too far away…

Church and Chasing Waterfalls

Melembe! (That means ‘hello’ in Lugisu). We’ve had yet another great day here in Uganda, although Mr Prewett was extremely tired after spending the night on my hut floor! At around 6am, he got up to go and see if the office had reopened, for him to get his key back but it hadn’t and…

Back to School!

Mr Prewett here again! You’ll be pleased to know that Mr Mansfield didn’t get eaten alive by bugs last night, although I did find a cockroach in my shower… Mr Mansfield managed to wake up at 7:30am to meet a local man, called Robert, with whom he has a mutual friend back in Wales. Their mutual…

To Jinja and Beyond

What a day! We woke up at 8am, had a shower and got dressed. My shower was cold, but Mr Prewett was lucky enough to have hot water in his room. There was a power cut first thing in the morning, so we had a shower in the dark and it also meant that we…

We’ve Arrived!

We’re here! Can’t believe we’re finally in Uganda. We arrived at the airport at about 10:20pm (we’re 2 hours ahead), but couldn’t get off the plane immediately because Annabel had lost her phone! (First her pillow and then her phone!!!) Naturally, Mr Prewett and I came to the rescue and searched high and low, crawling…

The Mystery of the Missing Meal

Mr Mansfield has allowed me to take over the reigns for our latest blog! We’ve just landed at Rwanda Airport in Kigali after our 8 hour flight from Amsterdam. We’ve been well looked after by the flight crew, who have brought us a range of drinks and snacks throughout the flight. Within an hour into…

The Steward Selfie, the Sandwich and the Pillow

So you’ll all be pleased to hear that we landed safely from our first flight. It was great to see Karen (the kind lady at the check-in desk) again at the departure gate. She came up especially just to see us off on our travels. We showed her the blog and she promised to follow…

And they’re off…

So here we are; the trip has begun! Mr Prewett set off at 3am to collect me and then drive to Cardiff Airport. Half way to the airport, I thought I’d forgotten my wallet, so we turned back around and drove home again. Turns out it was in my suitcase all along! Great start! We…

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