Dear friends, donors, sponsors and benefactors,
Greetings from Uganda, from St. Patrick School, and from me.
Hope you are doing well and keeping safe from the Covid-19 pandemic. It has really changed the world but we thank God that we are still healthy. Am glad to update you on the current situation/ status in our schools as follows.
Our 7th grade students/pupils reported on October 16. They are now fully engaged in academics and the headmaster tells me the progress is good and promising. The current term ends on 18th December 2020 and term three starts 11th January 2021, other factors held constant. The national examinations (Primary Leaving Examinations – PLE) are to be done on 30th & 31st March 2021.
As of now we are not sure whether the rest of the students will be allowed to resume school in February 2021.
On capital development projects, we have now completed the teachers living quarters. We have been purchasing materials for the Perimeter wall. We have been securing hardcore aggregate stones, cement blocks and metallic bars for concrete columns. On Tuesday November 3, wall construction will commence and the project engineer expects it to be finished at the end of January 2021.
Looking ahead, I have also asked our engineer to design the chapel. He will have the design and the cost estimates in the near future.
Putting the above aside, the churches were reopened and for a month now we have been allowed to celebrate Masses. We follow stringent Standard Operating Procedures including compulsory wearing of face masks, washing of hands with soapy water and use of hand sanitizers. We also do compulsory temperature measurements with temperature guns.
All is well with me and my two parochial vicars so far. We thank God no single case of Covid-19 has been identified in my parish and district at large.
Keeping you all in prayer for good health and wishing you choice blessings,
Fr. Julius Turyatoranwa (PhD)