Last summer Mrs Smith and Miss Jenkins went on a very special trip to Uganda. Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Jenkins went to a school in Uganda called ‘The House of Joy’. They spent two weeks volunteering their skills to help teach children between the ages of 3 to 19 and help build and decorate school buildings. ‘The House of Joy’ is primarily a primary school. The school is split into different houses; Esther House is the boarding house for girls and Joseph House is the boarding house for boys. ‘The House of Joy’ also runs a fund raising project to raise funds for the children in the school and this is called the ‘Mushroom Project’. Prior to Mrs Smith’s and Miss Jenkins’ trip they asked the school community of St Francis to bring in old clothes to take with them for the children. Also various funding raising activities were carried out to raise money, for example, funny own clothes day, raffles and a bring and buy sale. Through the different fund raising event the school managed to raise approximately £900 . Both Mrs Smith and Miss Jenkins found their trip life changing and came back to school and gave a special whole school assembly to children and parents.