Denis Ryan, Knockinroe, Silvermines has returned from Uganda where he has been volunteering for the past three months. Denis was working in the village of Nyenga in eastern Uganda where he carried out renovation works to two classrooms in the local primary school.
Nyenga is a small trading centre a stone’s throw from Lake Victoria. It consists of a few wooden huts with galvanize roofs where traders sell their products.
The primary school, St Anthony’s, is a mixed school of day pupils and is about 1km away from the trading centre. The school was founded in 1934 by the Little Sisters of St Francis, and Order founded by an Irish nun, Mother Mary Kevin Kearney in 1923. There are 510 students attending the school with class sizes ranging from 41 to 98.
On first inspection part of the roof had fallen in and was leaking, the plaster was starting to fall off the walls. It had deteriorated considerably since his last visit.
The renovation consisted of re-roofing the building, removing old plaster, replastering, repairing floors and doors and painting.
At Nyenga secondary school, which caters for 500 students, Denis found that there were no textbooks for the A-level subjects being taught in the school. Denis started improving their library of books and past exam questions for their UACE examinations.
He also provided funds to help two exceptional students further their education, and also aided St Philomena Babies Home in Iganga, and L’Arche Uganda, an international organisation that helps forchildren and young adults with physical and mental disabilities.
All of the work done is thanks to the generosity of those who supported the fundraiser at Buddy’s Bar, Capparoe, last April 12.