Stand Up for Sanitation in Uganda!

Megan Evans, age 14, a pupil in Year 10 at Sir James Smith's School in Camelford, spoke to her fellow students this week about her forthcoming visit to Uganda on behalf of Stand Up! For Sanitation in Uganda (part of the charity Food For Thought) in preparation for a week of fundraising at school next week. She was joined for her Assembly on Friday by Sue Errington, co-ordinator of Food for Thought, who invited the students to think about Megan's possible plans, hopes and dreams for the future alongside those of Rose living in rural Eastern Uganda. Food for Thought teaches sustainable agriculture to Ugandan teachers and children, meaning schools can feed their children at lunchtime – often their only proper meal of the day.

Megan (centre) with Sue Errington and Ed McGuffie
Photo: adrianjasperphotography.co.uk

Stand Up! For Sanitation builds or refurbishes toilet facilities for school children, which especially encourages girls to stay in school. This is very important as many girls often don’t stay and finish their primary education – and it is well-documented that the more years girls spend in school, the greater the impact on their own lives and those of their own children and families.

Megan is travelling with her mother, Amanda, who works at St Teath Primary which already has a thriving link with Okwira Primary School in Eastern Uganda through the Food for Thought Programme. Megan has now raised around £1,300 of her target of £2,000, which will include £500 to help improve the toilet and washing facilities for the senior girls at Okwira Primary School, to encourage them to complete their primary education.

The range of fundraising activities at Sir Jim's will include cake sales, building the highest column of coppers, a 100 square, car-washing and the Head of Geography, Mr Ed McGuffie, asking pupils to guess his time for cycling all the way from Liskeard to the school!

Megan's next fundraising event after this is a Stand Up! Talent evening at St Thomas' Church Camelford at 7.30 on Saturday 25th February – all are very welcome!

Stand Up for Girls’ Education – in Uganda!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far in my goal to visit Uganda and encourage schoolgirls to complete their education.

I am aiming to raise a total of £2000. This will fund my visit and also help fund a block of toilets with a washing area for the senior girls, so giving them privacy and encouraging them to continue their education. So far I have raised £500 - 25% of the total needed.

In addition to the Quiz Night held last month I have planned several fund-raising activities in the next 3 months, including a February Sale on Sat 4th February (please see separate advert), cake sales at school, car washing, bag packing at a nearby supermarket and a ‘Stand Up’ comedy & variety evening on Sat 25th February at St Thomas’ Church Camelford (your chance to showcase your talent - look out for more details nearer the time.)

I am also re-starting car-washing in and around St Teath with my Dad (now that his leg has healed!) – look out for us or you can book a deluxe wash in advance at our February Sale or by contacting me at home.

Any raffle prizes or cakes or offers of help for these events would also be very gratefully received!

The children at Okwira School are very talented at craft activities so I am hoping to share with them some of our skills such as knitting and making small bags out of felt and fabric. Please if you have any spare wool/needles/crochet hooks and fabric/felt/needles/ thread/pins can you bring them along to our Donation Station at the February Sale in the Community Centre so that I can take them with me when I go.

Thank you for your support – it means a lot to me and the girls at Okwira Primary School.

Megan Evans (tel 01208 851570)

Stand Up! for Sanitation in Uganda Fundraising

Stand Up! For Sanitation in Uganda is a branch of the charity Food For Thought (with links Okwira school in Eastern Uganda with St. Teath primary school through its school gardens).

Stand Up! For Sanitation builds toilet facilities for school children which especially encourage girls to stay on in education, get a job and therefore lift them out of poverty. This is very important as girls often don't stay on and finish their primary education.

On my trip to Uganda I hope to talk to girls of my age group about the advantages of staying on at school and to share our experiences, hopes and dreams for the future and to do practical things like painting classrooms and mending clothes.

Thank you to everyone who supported my Table Top Sale in September which raised £122.96 and for the very kind local donations. I have now raised a total of £277.96 towards my £1,000 target!

More Fundraising

My next will be a fab Quiz at Sir Jim's in Camelford on Friday 2nd December from 7 pm onwards. I am also carrying on car-washing in and around St Teath with my Dad (thanks Dad!) – look out for us or you can book a deluxe wash on 01208 851570 and hoping to do a sponsored event soon too!

Thank you for your support – it’s great!
Megan Evans

The water tank is the big white blob in the background
Separate fundraising from St Teath school helped bring a water tank to Okiwira.


Water on Tap for Okwira Quiz night - a big thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our Quiz Night last month in aid of Water on Tap for Okwira – we raised just short of an amazing £300, nearly a third of the way to our target of £1000 to provide and install a concrete water tank for our partner school in Okwira, Uganda. (And a big thank you to Mr Bacchus for providing the questions and compering so ably on the night and to all the staff for setting and clearing up!)

Please watch out for our details of our next fundraising event - with your help we really can make a difference to the children at Okwira school!

Amanda Evans FFT Co-ordinator, St Teath School


Yum Yum Uganda

I would like to thank everyone who kindly donated gifts for me to take to teachers and children on my recent visit from St Teath Primary School to our partner school, Okwira Primary School, in the eastern region of Uganda. I was delighted to be able to give these gifts in friendship.

It was an amazing visit and a unique chance to experience first-hand the Ugandan rural way of life, farming and education. I now also really appreciate just how vital the Food for Thought programme is for the future of Okwira school, its teachers, pupils and their families too.

I have also learnt so much which I am now able to share with the children at school and hopefully with you all in the wider community here in St Teath.

Thank you once again.

Amanda Evans
St Teath Primary School