This year has been tough for everyone and no-one has been left untouched by the pandemic. It has been especially hard for the children and families of St Theresa’s school, but at GETA we are so fortunate to have supporters who, despite their own hardships, have been so incredibly generous this year.
A huge thank you to our supporters for your ongoing generosity that has enabled the completion of the boys' dormitory, teachers’ quarters and laid the foundations of the girls' dormitory at St Theresa’s school.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Christine Nyiraziraje, the Headteacher of St Theresa’s. Christine would like us to convey her gratitude for your support in completing these much-needed works.
GETA – Give Education to All
GETA has not been able to have any fundraising events to support St Theresa’s School in Uganda for the last few months. The school has been closed due to the pandemic and the teachers have been sent home with no pay and no government support.
With glorious sunshine and the spring flowers in full bloom, we approach Easter not with our usual expectation of coming out of the winter months into a beautiful Spring of new activity. Instead we stay indoors and hope that our loved ones stay safe in these uncertain times.
We have heard from our contacts at St Theresa’s that they are following the ‘stay home, stay safe’ advice. We trust that the children, their families and the staff remain safe and well during this time..
International Women's Day 2020 takes place on Sunday 8th March. The theme this year is #EachforEqual, this is a theme that resonates close to the heart of the GETA team.
An independent report from an experienced charity practitioner commissioned by GETA in April 2019 noted that St Theresa’s is a successful school with leavers’ examination results increasing each year, making it the most popular school in the diocese, and consequently heavily oversubscribed. It also emphasised the benefits our financial support has brought to the school community and concluded:
“...I was impressed by what I saw and would recommend you continue with your support.”
In 2012, Giving Tuesday started as a simple way to encourage people everywhere—and make it easier for them—to do good by donating time, expertise or money to causes they were passionate about. Now, Giving Tuesday has become a global phenomenon. Inspiring people in communities around the world to help in any way they can. You were inspired and we were inspired. So this December we’re making every Tuesday a Giving Tuesday. We’re inviting everyone to consider how much they can help someone in their community or halfway around the world.
Please check back in soon for our fundraising activities that are planned for 2020.
David completed the Cabbage Patch run in a creditable time of 1h 35m 01s in ideal running conditions. As a result of our supporters' generosity - i.e. you - we have raised a a fantastic £1,025 to go towards funding the boys' dormitory; approximately £250 due from Gift Aid further boosts this total. Many thanks to all who sponsored David.
GETA Trustees and Management Team
This was the route Rachel and I ran - a wet and windy event with a couple of treacherously muddy bits - but very enjoyable nevertheless and a very good time of 1h 1m 48secs despite the conditions. Looking forward to same again next year!
So far, Rachel and I have raised a fantastic £260 for GETA, and with YOUR help can get that over the £300 target.