Help Needed with Feeding Programmes

Equipe has been bringing help to the needy for several years and many changes have happened over that time.
We are not a disaster fund which makes desperate appeals on the back of some catastrophic incident sending a portion of your gift to the scene while keeping some back for processing and administration, we are on the ground long term affecting communities.
Equipe has been providing feeding programs in East African schools so that the children get at least one nutritious meal per day. These programs have historically been funded through church groups but of late this support has diminished through changing circumstances

Our program has been providing one meal to over 800 children per day but we find ourselves unable to continue due to depletion of funds. In recent times we have encouraged our partners to look at self supporting systems to supplement or even replace these programs, some progress has been made but there is still a shortfall.African children with food bowls
Equipe currently sends out £1300 per term, that’s £325 a month, just over £11 per day to help provide a meal for 800 children.
The math is staggering, that’s less than 1.5p per child per day.

Of the 800 children we feed, less than 100 are receiving any form of child sponsorship.

Equipes feeding program is in serious risk of ceasing as we only have enough money in the fund to provide for one more term.
We operate and achieve all that we do with only 5 part time volunteers and so are appealing for your assistance.
We need your help to enable us to continue this vital work, through donations (no matter how small), through you organising a fund raising event such as car boot or garage sale, coffee morning, cake sale etc. etc.

Please contact us if you can help.

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Uganda Update October 2016

Latest update from Uganda Oct 2016

We have had a busy time at Maranatha Gateway planting various trees over these last few months.  500 eucalyptus seedlings were planted in May.  Their trunks grow quickly, tall and straight and are mostly used for the building trade.

uganda-oct-1The eucalyptus trees keep on growing – most are well over 6 feet tall.  The pine trees planted in early October need much more care and some are struggling to keep growing straight!!  We have had more fruit trees planted – mango, banana and next week we will add passion and paw paw.

We have also had quite a lot of tree surgery done – dangerous overhanging branches, Large palm trees blocking out the light and some smaller jobs.

The grass on the recreation area is beginning to grow well and has even had its first slashing!! (ie cutting!!)

 

uganda-oct-2We had a successful carpentry course at the end of September and a team from US came for  few days at beginning of October to work with Pastor Fred’s church.  They stayed at one of the beach resorts and John ferried them back and forth to various meetings, hospital visit (to pray for the patients) etc… They also visited the local prison and 6 of the inmates received Jesus  and want to be baptised. 2 patients from the hospital got healed and baptised as did 2 of the waitresses at the hotel.  A great time.

uganda-oct-3The following weekend we went to Kampala with the truck.  On the way we took some equipment to Pastor Margaret’s prostitute project in Namulanda.  Sewing machines and various accessories and material to help train the ladies in a money earning skill. This equipment came as part of our shipment from Tools with a Mission – we also had equipment for carpentry, brick laying and ground working tools.  It has been such a blessing.

We were also meeting up with someone who was going to help us achieve the renewal of our NGO.  I had been getting some paperwork together and I wanted to see how we were doing.  Well actually pretty well is the answer!!! In fact today (27th) I have just completed all the paperwork, got all the relevant signatures and photocopied all the pages to make 6 copies, put in files all ready to go to the various departments.  Monday I shall be back in Kampala to give the file for the NGO board and hope that everything will be ok for our renewal in November.  Praise God.

Latest News From Uganda February 2016

Maranatha Gateway, Kalangala

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Students at Maranatha Gateway show off their carpentry work

The second accommodation block has been completed with all plastering and painting as well as  all bedrooms fully  equipped.  The pathways connecting the buildings have been laid with stone, making access much easier.

2 carpentry courses have been held with some wonderful furniture made – especially from the Module 2 course, which consisted of students from the previous module 1 courses over the last 12 months.

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New sleeping accommodation now complete

 

New Rock Foundation School, Kampala

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Are these the most colourful school gates in Africa? Thanks to St Paul’s Primary School!!

The school gates have been painted as well as other improvements to the kitchen which have been made possible by the support of St Paul’s Primary School in Hereford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge of Hope school, Kalangala

The nursery building is nearing completion with the walls mostly in place.  This is as a result of the support from St John’s Primary school in Sandbach.

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Bridge of Hope Nursery Nears Completion

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These students are looking forward to the new classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chosen Children Primary School, Nansana

This school has recently been ‘twinned’ with All Saints Primary School, Gresford, Wrexham.  We look forward to the benefit that both schools can make of this connection.

Team visit

A small team is coming out to Uganda in August 2016 to visit each of the above schools and work with the children, as well as see other aspects of African life.  This is an exciting event and we hope to accommodate many more such visits in the future.

Latest Update from Maranatha Gateway in Uganda

 

The last couple of months have seen great progress on improving our living conditions. We now have a separate sitting room, office and bedroom – whereas before they were all in the one room!!

We have also had a large patch of land weeded and thoroughly turned over and cassava planted. We have recently bought some netting to put round the garden to deter the monkeys from damaging the crops.

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The paving of the walkways between the buildings is completed, the water tank is connected to the new building, solar lighting is working and a security light has been installed.

 

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The last two weeks have seen another carpentry course take place. This time we invited back previous students to do the next level of skills. We started with 6 students and they made an office desk with 2 drawers and a chair in the first week, and a sideboard/dresser in the second week.

 

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                 2016 CALENDAR          For Website         2016 CALENDAR 

A beautiful new calendar is available for 2016 with views and descriptions of Maranatha Gateway and the surrounding countryside. We urge you to buy one or more of these – ideal Christmas presents. The cost is only £5 plus £2 postage. All you have to do is send a cheque for £7 made out to Equipe Uganda Ross to

MG Calendar, 1 Avon Close, Acton, Wrexham, LL12 7US. Please don’t forget to send us your address!!

All profits from these calendars will go directly to the Maranatha Gateway project.

August Update from Maranatha Gateway

Since John & Sue returned to Uganda and the Ssese Islands in June much progress has been made. The second accommodation block has been plastered and painted outside, fascia boards and guttering put up, the glass put in the windows, the doors painted cream on the inside, the floors of the 6 bedrooms have been annealed, the beds have been made and the outside steps completed.

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The plinth for the water tank is waiting to dry before the tank is put in place and pipes from the gutters inserted. The solar panel is ready to be erected on the roof but we have the wiring in place with lights in every room connected to the battery and inverter.

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Most of June was very wet but July started fine and dry for 3 weeks but we have had much rain again these last few days. This has hindered the last work that still needs to be done – paving the pathways for easy access.

Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who have enabled us to reach this far.

End of Year News From Maranatha Gateway

Our time spent in Uganda since August has been very busy.  We held our first 2 week carpentry course in September, which produced some excellent stools and tables. We hope this skill will enable these young men to supplement their income.
We then started building the second accommodation block and we are pushing up to get the roof on before Christmas.
At the end of November we held a craft course for ladies – making paper beads and weaving baskets.  We then went down to the lakeside resorts and sold most of what they made to the tourists.  The ladies are continuing to meet together here at Sozi once a week, making craft souvenirs which can provide an income for them. It is exciting to empower local people for whom there are few opportunities. We are so grateful to supporters in the UK who sponsor these courses so we can provide them free – accommodation, food and training.
This month we have enlarged the family in Sozi by one piglet – called Cyclops, as he only has one good eye!  and 3 laying hens. We still have one big pig ( who we hope is pregnant) and 3 younger pigs – but we expect to slaughter 2 of these to provide meat for Christmas for us and our friends.
We can only continue to develop here through the generosity of our supporters, we thank you so much for believing in us, to help us make a difference here in the Ssese Islands.

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John and Sue in Uganda

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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

 

Welcome

Equipe staff

Equipe welcomes you to our new website. We’ve recently had the opportunity for new design and content which helps everyone get more out of the site.

You can now catch up with all the latest news on our projects or even sign up to sponsor a child online. We hope you like what we have done, please use our contact page to let us know what you think. As ever development is an ongoing process so lookout for the additional tools we will add to this site in due course.

Equipe Website Team