A New school term begins.

What a month September is for everyone at OrphFund. We've thousands of kids across Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda and Cambodia returning to our schools to begin new terms. 
Its not cheap with around $15 000 being sent to help with fees, uniforms and equipment so our kids can keep advancing on their educational journey's.
Thanks to all who help with a regular donation to get us through this expensive but vital time! :)

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More from Marks Journal

May 18

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Uganda

My 2 little buddies came out of hospital (one with malaria and one passed out with dehydration). The hospital was ok, but from the 50's. Clean enough, but with no privacy and no interpatient infection control, no sign of a hand washing sink.

ALSO, bought and planted 8 jackfruit trees and 4 avocado trees in the Kasese children’s village. So excited. There were only 4 paw paw which are still to young to produce...

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AND...

The band... My new best friends, playing a descant over such a cool n bitey brass sound. Heaven (for me at least!).

Marks Journal

May 17 - Uganda -

Today I am ferrying more of the children to MSF for routine check-ups. Yesterday we connected the MFS doctors with kids in extreme need, it will change their lives. This really is the most amazing way to transform poverty, because so little to us truly saves lives and renews society over here.

In an interview with the MSF supervisor yesterday, we were reflecting on how the abrupt introduction of the European education system was difficult. Kids used to spend their time with their family, and watch parents going about their daily lives.

They learnt how to survive off the land through osmosis, as they learnt their language. It is important not to glorify too much this existence, as it was extremely basic, but when faced with the poverty and extreme needs we see here, we have to ask questions. In one way, the more education and child receives the less likely he or she is to get work!

I wish I could bring you all over here to see for yourself. Such a fertile magnificent country, such joy, such a confusing situation.

Mark Wilfred Anstey

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May 17 - Uganda -

Eventful days in this beautiful place.

The third orphanage ‘KARASUNDARA’ greeted us with music and dancing, lots of it.

We enjoyed welcome performances from all 7 primary levels, which were generous and heartfelt from these more rural and shy kids. They live in a real form of paradise in the bush, with the farm which supports them and good clean air. There are still many gaps in the system, with 400+ children in the school, it has grown by 30% in the last year.

The teachers are feeling the strain, though for the last three years it has been officially voted the best school in the district. They have needs, around accommodation and resources in the school. I'm trying to work out best who to ask for help to raise the funds to do this... Orphfund are working with the local director Christopher. 
It is real trouble balancing the needs of the many projects: KARASUNDARA has good food cheaply, and needs to share with the more urban projects, while they have less of other resources abundantly available 40 mins away in another world in town.

There is more... I have found 4 trumpet teachers, who can play in a wild, shabby and exciting way, and I have trialled them with the kids. They were GREAT. After an initial awkward moment, where they expected the kids to come to them. In the end they were gentle, accurate and entertaining teachers, as well as their main attributes that they are older guys absolutely endorsed by the local manager Alfonze.

The four teachers are Baptist foot soldiers alongside the angel Alfonze, and I have explained that this is not an opportunity to preach, but to teach trumpet. I think one of the very important things is to make sure these kids are safe, and any musical teaching ability is secondary, though these guys are great. Feels great to hand the trumpet project to good older will remain appropriate with the young trumpeters.

In the meantime, I have been managing health checks for the orphans through MSF (doctors without borders) who supply free health care for children between 10 and 19. More angels… I bitch with a supervisor and a Doctor who have met with Orphfund aristocracy and are seeking a collaboration. Good stuff. Let's work out how to make this project in KARASUNDARA an international model for successfully extracting the most vulnerable children from extreme poverty and helping them excel, which is a natural progression for them. It seems that they place more value on their education and opportunities than we lucky ones...