Wednesday, July 27, 2005

leaving

I am now in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Last Satursday night,the departing volunteers--two young men from LA and myself--a farewell part. It was absolutely wonderful.
On my next-to last-day of teaching--thursday, Jyly 21, a chicken walked in to my classroom
while I was teacing my lessos. I asked the chicken where its notebook was. It turned and left.
Once a chicken...
This was truely a wonderful experience. Much of it was sad, in that the students to not get lunch at the school and many don't eat at all. there are also no textbooks. I am going to speak
at my synagogue on Sept. 10 and make an appeal for funds to by one book for every child. I
estimate this will cost under $3000. I figure I've got a good chance to do this. A lot is needed, but I figure I should concentrate on what I know best.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Update from the classroom in SK High

Now that I have actually managed to get on this page--the people here kept telling me how
difficult computer life is in a third-world country, not knowing how difficult any computer thing
is for me, I can add a few more items.
I have two more days of teaching, which will complete a month plus a day. On Sunday I leave
for Kampala, the capital, then, after a few days, on to Kenya for several days which will include a
surfari.
Back to school. I find a great many motivated students who are hungry for knowlege. Not all, of course. Very much like the US. What is missing, in addition to the materials I mentioned
last time, is that the students do not get lunch in the school. The price of 400 Ugandan Shillings,
which equals about $.23, is too much for them to afford. None, so far as I know, bring food with
them. I've heard that those who have are teased. Some bring 100-200 shillings and shop at a
place which is a 15-20 minute walk away. This, of course, makes them last for class.
Sound like teenagers.
For those of you who are basketball fans, I watched a girls' game last week and will see another on Friday. They use the same rules that Dr. James Naismith invented over 100 years
ago--no dribbing, for example. The player catches the ball, is allowed one step, and then must
pass or shoot. I'll get pictures on Friday.
There are so many needs in the school that it is difficult to think which are most necessary.
I plan to try and raise money for Math textbooks in my synagogue. There is not one single text
available to the kids. Very little homework. There are a few organizations working to help the
school, particularly with the lunch program, but Kulanu, my organization, is focussing on
educational materials, or at least I am.
Thanks for reading of my adventures.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

My teaching so far

This is really my first success in getting something on here. At least, I think it is. I'll have to
see if I can actually get something done.
I have been teaching in Samei Kakangulu HS for three-and-a-half weeks. It's been an unusual experience in many ways, and familiar in many others.
Kids are, after all, kids. Some work hard, some try to avoid. There are all sorts of problems in the school, not the least of which is poverty. While the students have some supplies--pens,
pencils, rulers and the like, there are absolutely no text books in either the HS or the primary
school. That's right. Not one. The students sit in room lit only by sunlight and two lights that
were installed by Kulanu, the organizations I'm with. (for more info on them--Kulanu.org) The
village I teach in is located on Nagoboya Hill, and the Jewish residents of the area are called the
Aboyadoya. There are an interesting story of survival a perseverance by itself, but that will be
for another day--assuming I can to this cite again. I have tried and tried, but this is the best I've done, I think.
I'm going to end this now becuase I have two minutes to post this, and everything here
works slowly.