From the 12th of February to the 1st of March 2018, former student, Matthew and former teacher, Mrs Dickinson, will be taking part in the TEAMS visit to Layibi, a small town near Gulu, in Uganda. TEAMS, The East African Missionary Society, regularly travel to their centre here, providing support donations to the people living in this remote part of the world.
During their visit, Matthew and Mrs Dickinson have many activities planned, with the aim to increase the quality of life for the people living there. Being a former Ranelagh science teacher, Mrs Dickinson, is equipped to support the development of the children. She will teach lessons in which children will learn new techniques and skills. Meanwhile, as one of last year’s leavers, Matthew hopes to pass on some of the skills that Ranelagh has helped him to develop. In addition to teaching, they both intend to work in the off-site plant nursery raising crop plants and they will help to run Sunday school activities for up to 250 children!
Previous TEAMS visits have worked on construction projects designed to make the Layibi centre and its resources more available to the local people. Water pumps, classrooms and rondavels have been built, however some of the older facilities now need some refurbishment. Matthew and Mrs Dickinson will be helping to repaint classrooms so that children can enjoy a more pleasant working environment.
In their recent assembly at Ranelagh, following the theme “doing things for others”, students, teachers and parents were invited to donate some specific items for Matthew and Mrs Dickinson to take for the children in Layibi. The intention is to take sufficient quantities of these items so that no child in the community is left out. The request is for toothbrushes, woolly hats (it can get cold during monsoon season), bras and new pants. All simple items, but they are very important for the wellbeing of children and families in Layibi. A box has been left in the school reception for donations, so if you are able to give any one of the items, Matthew and Mrs Dickinson will be incredibly grateful.
If you would like any more information on TEAMS, or to view the photos of recent visits to Layibi, please visit their website: https://teamsonline.org/. Follow “get involved” if you would like to make a monetary donation.
With thanks from Matthew and Mrs Dickinson