Summer 2013

September 3rd, 2013

With the 2013 project coming to an end, EPAfrica Project Workers in Kakamega are putting the final touches to their summer investment. Books are being backed, inventories made, library systems prepared – anything to make sure that the investments made by EPAfrica this summer (and each school’s initial stock of resources) are well-used and well-maintained after the end of the project. For example, at St. Stephen’s Kamashia Eugene and Sarah have been hard at work […]

August 30th 2013

And now for an update from Kisii, the spiritual home of EPAfrica.The sun is beginning to set on a fantastic summer of EPAfrica projects. And what a summer! Hundreds of books have been bought and backed, three hundred of those at a book-backing ‘party’ at Alfie and Emily’s school Kiorori, in a model of efficiency boosted by an Adam Smith style division of labour, and fuelled by packets of Kenyan Chevda (Kenyan equivalent of Bombay […]

August 21st, 2013

Mbarara is a town that knows how to give people a warm welcome. Me (Jan) and Anna arrived in Mbarara on Saturday after a handover with Fran and Andy in Kampala. With a lot of information about people I hadn’t met yet and schools I had never heard of, I arrived in Mbarara and was greeted by the great Project Workers and the last remaining Coordinator, Beth. Wasting no time, we headed out to have […]

August 12th, 2013

This week the EPAfrica blog returns to Kakamega, where our Project Workers have been attempting to improve the quality of secondary education in their schools for five weeks. In each of our seven schools in the region Project Workers have been getting to know the problems that the school faces, and have begun investing time and money into programmes to alleviate these challenges. This week the EPAfrica blog will focus on the developments of just […]

August 3rd, 2013

It’s been another busy week here in Kisii; we have been feverishly criss-crossing Kisiiland, visiting potential partner schools for the future. Meanwhile students have been back in school, following the teacher’s strike coordinated by the Kenyan National Union of Teachers (Knut).I am very excited to announce that we have found five potential schools that we will hopefully be able to work with next year. The schools face a number of different challenges. Project Workers will […]

July 28th, 2013

As week four looms ominously like a marabou stork perched on some distant building, EPAfrica’s project in Mbarara is very much in full swing. Hardened Project Workers returned to the central house yesterday full of the usual crop of anecdotes from their schools and villages. They regaled tales of the trials and tribulations of trying to negotiate their meticulously laid out plans with “Africa Time”; getting up in the middle of the night to measure […]

July 21st 2013

Having heard from Mbarara and Kisii, it is now time to drop in on Kakamega and find out how the EPAfrica project is going in Luhya country. This is EPAfrica’s third year in Kakamega, which can be best described as Kisii town’s smaller, more relaxed cousin. In contrast to the adjacent ancient rainforest, EPAfrica are a relative novelty in the town, having first stepped foot in the area during the summer of 2011. However, in […]

July 15th, 2013

KISII Week one of the project and all the Project Workers have settled into their new homes for the next nine weeks. They are staying in a great variety of homes, from clay-walled houses complete with cows, chickens and goats to fully furnished houses with indoor bathrooms and TVs, allowing volunteers to become addicted to the array of delightfully cheesy Mexican soaps with their dodgy English dubbing and melodramatic story lines of love, murder and […]

July 11th, 2013

Our signs might not have been impressive, and they might have been written on lined A4 paper, but they did the job. At least they did once our team of ten intrepid airport welcomers realised that we needed an ‘EPAfrica’ sign as well as the Mbarara, Kisii and Kakamega ones. Probably because a sign saying the name of a Ugandan town in Uganda’s only international airport is a recipe for mistaken approaches.On Monday 1st July, […]