We’re building a school!
JMT Chairman Nick Marsh writes:
Thank you very much for your continued support of JMT. It means a lot to me, and it is making a difference for hundreds of people in Africa.
There is so much that I could share with you but on this occasion I want to focus on one particular project that we are supporting. I am very excited about it at the moment because it is nearing completion, and I believe that it has the potential to improve the lives of a whole generation of disadvantaged children in Uganda.
As you may remember, we have been working in partnership with Children’s Comfort Ministries (CCM) in Kitgum, Uganda for many years. This area of northern Uganda was hard hit by the long-running insurgency involving the Lord’s Resistance Army. The fighting, disease and other factors have left many children in the area orphaned or living in poverty.
Initially our support enabled CCM to provide children with uniforms, food, books and transport so that they could attend primary school.
‘Wanted to do more’
CCM, however, wanted to do more for the children. Although the government provides free basic education, teachers in government schools can be so stretched that the quality suffers.
So in 2012, with the support of JMT, CCM founded its own nursery school with the aim of providing excellent, Christian-based education without making cost a barrier to children coming. Soon afterwards, primary school classes were added.
This new school was housed in rented property, with improvised facilities. CCM wanted to put the school on a stronger footing, with its own property and better facilities for the children.
So we were delighted to be able to give some money in 2015 to enable CCM to buy a plot of land. Since then, we’ve given further money to enable the construction of that new building and it’s been wonderful to see it progress, bit by bit, as funds have allowed. Good progress was made, with foundations laid and walls built.
Now we’re reaching the final stages. The roof is starting to go on and work done to make the building usable. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a better time, as government inspectors have recently told CCM that the existing, improvised facilities are no longer fit for a school.
‘Determined to see this last phase completed’
We are determined to see this last phase completed as quickly as possible, and the facilities made available for the children.
So, as you may know, we have committed an extra £5,000 in funds, and work on the roof is already underway. Wonderfully, thanks to your generosity, over £3,000 has already been raised!
I should say that this £5,000 is in addition to our continuing support for books, food and clothes for various individual children. We felt that this was such a wonderful opportunity to make a step-change in what the school could offer that we wanted to make it happen.
‘An honour to be involved’
As I look back, I am very thankful for all that your generosity has enabled us to achieve in northern Uganda over the last decade. CCM is also very grateful, writing recently: “Children’s Comfort Ministries extends its love, great appreciation and thanks to Jennie Marsh Trust (JMT) fraternity for their big hearts for the children in our school through their support whose impacts are gaining ground day and night in the lives of the children under support.
“We also wish to send our sincere thanks to all your supporters for having the vision to invest what they have in the lives of the children in our school.”
I hope that you are encouraged as I am by this update, and the potential of this new school building. It has been an honour to have been involved with the building project since the outset.
If you would like to donate, there is still time to do so. You can give via JustGiving or by sending a cheque to: The Jennie Marsh Trust, 4 Mill Close, FIshbourne, Chichester PO19 3JW.
Whether or not you are able to make a gift towards the school building, please know that I really value your prayers and ongoing support for the work of JMT. Thank you!