New Year News from Maranatha Gateway

Since our arrival in October we have put in a clean water well for the community, built a kitchen, put the solar panels on the roof and built a ‘solar fridge’, completed the Eco San toilet ( which is now in operation),  finished the inside of the dormitory, painted the doors and windows and put up drain pipes and water butts.  We have also  made good progress on the shower block, built a pen for the piglets and planted a little garden by the kitchen.
Our jobs to finish by end of January are completion of the shower block, glass for dormitory and bunk beds in place, to build a permanent pig pen and transform the piglet pen into a chicken house. and grass for round the well and the Eco San.  Tests have resumed on  the brick making machine and we hope to have bricks ready for building by the end of the month.
We (Sue,  John & Mike) are doing well and mostly enjoying the challenges we face each day.  When the rain is bad we cannot get out and life can be difficult. But we are coming into the dry season so collecting water from the well ( a good 80 m hike down and up)  will be a different challenge.  We are still chasing paperwork for various essential departments and also pray we will succeed in the next few weeks.
All things working together for good we hope to run our first course in February – this will concentrate on the brick making and brick laying.  As yet we don’t have any funding for the courses. The costs of teachers, food for the students as well as course materials will probably work out about  £25 per student per week.  Ability to run the courses will depend on donations and sponsorship. To be part of this exciting project please contact us via newlifechurch_ross@yahoo.co.uk for a sponsor form.

This is where students who stay overnight at the college will sleep

This is where students who stay overnight at the college will sleep

 

This converts human waste into useful fertiliser

This converts human waste into useful fertiliser

November 4th Update from Sozi, Ssese Islands, Uganda

Exciting news – the Marantha Gateway Community Well was completed yesterday and will be available for our use by Wednesday.  This is to allow the cement to dry thoroughly.  Because we had to use the lower site as the position for the well, we also have to construct a clear path and  safe steps.  We are having the official opening of the Well next Wednesday 13th with the chairman of the local council, other members of the council and our neighbours – apparently about 20 households –  most of whom are well hidden! We will provide food (matoke and beef stew) and a soda drink – as this is customary here whenever there is a function, and it will be a great opportunity to get to know our neighbours.

The dormitory has been plastered inside and the floor levelled and concreted.  We are waiting for the walls and floor to dry out before we can get on with the painting.

We have changed the building plan and brought forward the construction of the kitchen on the side of the house due to constrictions of preparing and cooking food for ourselves.  Hopefully this will be completed by the end of the week, and should make life a lot easier.

We are hoping to have a visit from the principal of the local agricultural college in the next few days and we hope he is going to give us advice on what we can grow and how best to manage the animals – especially the pigs which look like they will be transferred from the school in Kalangala to Sozi.

The new well is now working

The new well is now working

 

New Arrivals at Marantha Gateway

New Arrivals at Marantha Gateway

Kitchen construction in progress

Kitchen construction in progress

John and Sue in Uganda

Bridge of Hope

John and Sue Gasston joined Mike Norbury in Kalangala on Wed 16th October. This is the latest report from them.

We have visited the Bridge of Hope  School and we plan to start on the roof of the nursery block in the next couple of weeks. The photo above shows one of the primary classes hard at work…….well except for certain distractions!
We have had the surveyor and the exploratory team of diggers on the land at Sozi today looking at the best position of the well. Work on final positioning of the well should begin next week. The plastering of the  classroom /dormitory should be underway this week.
One of our pigs has just had 9 piglets and we pray they will all survive.
We have spent a few days in Kampala collecting the brick making machine which will be shipped to Kalangala tomorrow.
We are moving forward and making progress already.
Many challenges still to overcome.
John and Sue

Marantha Gateway Project Ssese Islands

John and Sue Gasston and Mike Norbury are now in Kalangala, Ssese Islands to accelerate the building of the Marantha Gateway Project which is part of Equipe’s vision to provide education for local people. When it is completed next year the Vocational College will begin training adults to gain technical skills in plumbing, carpentry, building and the likes.

You can follow their adventures on Mike’s blog http://www.omulokole.blogspot.co.uk/ or visit the Marantha Gateway Project’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/#!/MaranathaGateway?fref=ts

 

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