Summer 2016


Reflections on my time in Kisii, what I’ve learnt and top tips for future Project Workers

So with week 8 completed and with the prospect of home on the horizon, PW’s across the board have been very busy with wrapping up their projects, completing paperwork and ensuring the memorandum of understanding is signed of with the school. With just one week left before we leave back to the UK, I thought I would write down a few things that I have learnt during my time here. 1. The work we do […]

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A Technical School meets EPAfrica

By Corina Hadjicharalambous St Benedict’s Technical Institute, which received its first year of investment in 2016, is only the second technical school that EPAfrica has ever partnered with in Uganda. These operate very differently to secondary schools – instead of teaching History, Science and English, students instead learn a variety of practical skills, ranging from Tailoring to Plumbing, Carpentry and Construction. For EPAfrica, this presents a lot of opportunities, as it allows us to adapt […]


Empowering Female Students

Hayden Banks and Bella Middleton We have relished the opportunities available to empower female students in our role as PWs. Uniquely assigned to an all-girls school, we have been made even more aware of the issues associated with gender inequality in East Africa than our peers at mixed schools. Indeed early on we observed high levels of absenteeism and after speaking to the principal (herself a great source of inspiration for the girls), it was […]

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Dispelling the Week 8 Hate (h8)

By Susanna Peden Ten weeks can sound a bit daunting when you’re sitting in a snazzy office in London during training; it can sound even m ore daunting when all your friends react to it with shock; and it can seem very, very daunting when you’re sitting on the plane to Entebbe.  All this changed after a few weeks in Mbarara. For most of the project, time has absolutely flown by.  Nearly once a day, […]


Ematiha Water Project 2016

Rosie Bishop and Robbie Mallett One of the first things we noticed after arriving eight weeks ago at our school was that whenever the students needed water they would undertake the 20-minute round trip to the local borehole to fill twenty litre containers. This was mostly done by the girls who then carried the considerable weight over uneven ground back to the school. The school had two large water tanks on site, neither of which […]

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Teaching and learning, can we influence what happens in the classroom, and should we?

‘Don’t teach, invest.’ – This was one of the slogans I remember when making the decision to apply to EPAfrica (KEP back then). The rationale makes sense: for us teaching is unsustainable and counterproductive. University students from the UK are simply not qualified to teach, especially in an alien education system where there is a surplus of more-able, qualified teachers. However the result of this alternate focus on resource investment  perhaps meant that we are […]


Innovating Enjinja!

My name is Lydia Dean and I am a Project Worker with Caroline Zhu at Ejinja Mixed Day Secondary School. We received £170 from the ‘Innovation Central Pot’ for a computerised administration programme, and £370 from the ‘Water Central Pot’ for the installation of a 10,000L plastic water tank. I thought I would write about the admin programme, since this is something that has never been seen at an EPAfrica school before! In our assessment […]

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Photo Tour of Kakamega!

EPAfrica Project Workers spend most of the summer living in rural areas where our schools are located. However, Project Managers and Coordinators are based in a town nearby, and Project Workers are free to come back here to buy supplies, rest, and meet up at the central house. Take a look through our photo tour of Kakamega Town, one of these central sites! Kakamega Town Centre Tour Africa, our favourite eating spot! Fantastic meals and delicious […]


Offline Inno-vanity: central pot success at St John’s Rutsya, Mbarara

By Bessie Sorsby   Arriving at St John’s Rutsya, Sus, Kate and I were surprised to be met by a high-tech computer lab and library stocked with some of the most pristine textbooks to ever survive life in a secondary school. The obstacles St John’s faces are not stark, and unlike many Ugandan schools, it is not lacking in traditional educational resources. For us, this means that the room for improvement is harder to recognise. […]

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Mzungus go to the Mountain in Mbarara

by Mikolaj Grelewicz   Since our village is located in an absolutely stunning mountainous region near Mbarara town, Amanda, Corina and I were compelled to climb up one of the surrounding mountains.   To make our trip even more interesting and, more importantly, to avoid getting lost in the middle of nowhere, we decided to invite some locals and students to join our trip. Amanda’s beautiful advertisement –“Mzungus Going to the Mountain” – 20kg jackfruit and […]