The Reverend Samuel Peni, from Yambio in Sudan, visited the Pewsey team for six weeks and stayed with Derek and Claudia Calam. Samuel made a great impression on the people he met. the Team Council raised £750 to support a youth music festival which was well supported and highly appreciated.
Another £300 raised; this was used to buy bicycles for use by youth workers who have to travel long distances.
The next project was training the youth workers for an AIDS awareness campaign.
A three-year women’s education program was begun for 60 women. This helped the women lift their families out of poverty and improve their lives.
The community in Nzara asked for support to open a new school for 4 to 8-year-olds in Nzara. The effect of the long Civil War and incursions by the LRA had meant there had been no schooling for many years.
An “under the tree school” was opened with about 30 children and funding given for rolls of red fabric for school uniform to be made by Nzara women. A trained Ugandan teacher was employed to provide a quality education. All the running costs and teachers salaries were paid by Pewsey supporters. St Timothy’s school provides free education to all children from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to go to school. Education is the core of our partnership with the community in Nzara.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011.
The group in Pewsey paid for one two classroom block and with the help of a grant provided furniture, a water tank and a wooden security fence.
A second small school, Diawo school, was set up in Ringasi where there was no education at all and children were having to walk and cross a major highway where some had been killed by traffic.
A grant from the Barnabas fund provided a second block containing two classrooms.
The St. Timothy Foundation was registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and was given the charity number 1151171. There were 309 students at St. Timothy’s School. The parents increased their support of the school by providing food for the children and the fire wood to cook it, two cooks and a person to carry water. The parents also bought food to help the teachers and the church allocated some land for the teachers to grow vegetables.
There were 389 students with six teachers and six classes, two classes having to meet under the mango trees.
A project was begun to install a borehole to provide reliable, safe and clean water.
A grant was made for the training and equipment for 30 new Traditional Birth Attendants and refresher training for 36 trained TBAs.
A project began to build a stone security wall round the perimeter of St Timothy’s School to increase the safety of the 600 children, especially from the increasing number of motorcycles driving through the compound.
The borehole was completed and began to supply water to about 500 families with an average size of between 7 and 12 members each.
42 more women were funded to join the popular microfinance programme.
St Timothy’s School served more than 700 children who take recognised exams from the Ugandan system.
The security wall was completed. A grant for locally made new desks and benches was given. A project to train two local teachers was begun.
St Timothy’s School had more than 900 students. New latrine blocks were financed to provide separate toilets for girls and boys. A new 2 classroom block was added. Teacher training continued after an interruption because of unrest in the north and east of South Sudan.
St Timothy’s School had more than 950 students. The new 2 classroom Block was completed and dedicated to Claudia Calam. Teacher training continued. The community in Pewsey started a project to make 100 reusable Girls Hygiene Kits to help older girls not miss days at school each month.
2019 / 2020
St Timothy’s School had more than 1011 students and employs 14 teachers, 3 cooks/cleaners and 2 watchmen. The new 2 classroom Block was dedicated to Claudia Calam, our first Chairperson. A new grade was added for older students – P7. The Girls Hygiene Kits were finished and a few delivered to Nzara so training could start. A video was made on their use and translated into Zande to make it easily accessible to all. Teacher training continued and the two students worked in St Timothy’s School during their university holidays.