Here’s the good news:
The Vicky Tuccillo Mbiriizi Library was
The new well was dedicated with the children
singing the words of
Rudyard Kipling’s poem IF;
We measured the feet of all 907 children and
staff so Samaritan Shoes can fit them with new shoes the
first week in November (does anybody want to donate 2,000
pairs of socks to go with the shoes?);
We inventoried all 267 orphans which meant
taking an up-to-date picture, getting their accurate age and
determining if there were any health issues (only 100 are
sponsored so we still need sponsors for 167);
Thanks to Joe Corpina, who came with us, we
had soccer balls and basketballs for the kids to play with;
Plus, we had large vinyl “bouncy” balls
and a couple dozen kites thanks to the Kitegang (sorry but
the thorn bushes got the balls);
Vicky Tuccillo had even brought hula hoops
(some of us remember them) and you should see how fast the
children caught on to the way to do it;
We did a complete inventory of books needed by
the children and teachers (currently the children learn by
rote and have no books) and found out that $20,000 would
supply books (on a two children per book basis) for a full
Thanks to Michele Costa <my daughter>
(who will be going with me in December for the Christmas
party – does anyone else want to go?) all the teachers got
aprons so their clothes are not filled with chalk by the end
of the day;
Lastly, Michele sent an American flag and a Ugandan flag. It was so wonderful to see those two flags flying, side by side, in the breeze.
not so good news and where we need help.
In Kampala, approximately 100 miles NE of our school,
there has been a rash of school fires (35 in the last 40
days), all in private schools.
Some have been arson, some accidental (a candle or
small stove), some have been the result of school rivalries
and some have been vindicate.
Whatever the reason it is cause for concern with the
Mbiriizi Primary School.
We need to build a six unit building to
house six teachers who would live at the school.
The estimated price for that is $18,000.
Tony Costa, my son, had a great idea which was to
house the teachers, temporarily, in the library (which has
two bathrooms and a shower) until we have completed the
fundraising for the books.
However, that is temporary.
Tony, Michele and I would be devastated to see our
hard work and love go up in flames.
Any help you can give us would be greatly
Lastly, Tony and I stayed two
extra days to explore a coffee plantation and the
feasibility of exporting Ugandan Arabica coffee to the U.S.
Currently Uganda sells their coffee beans to Kenya,
Tanzania and Ethiopia but do not have a U.S. distribution.
We want to change that and have the profits go to the
have any coffee contacts?
Any and all suggestions gratefully accepted!
Finally, just a note on upcoming
November 27-December 4, 2008
Christmas party and gift giving at the school
June 26-July 6/7, 2009
Annual work trip to the school
and safari to Murchisson Falls (to see
Giraffes and other wonderful
Thanks for your interest in Sylvia’s
Sylvia Allen (founder)