Tree planting in West Bugada.
A team of seven people from City deanery is in West Buganda diocese for the two weeks 14-27th. August to work with a team of young Ugandans to help plant trees as a fund-raising and conservation scheme for the diocese of West Buganda. The team is lead by Dave Matthews and Rev Susan Allman and also includes Natalie, Catherine, Clare, Andrew and Joanna. Dave writes:
“We have something like 15,000 tree saplings to plant on around 10 acres of land which will have been cleared of scrub, ploughed and fenced ready for them. That hard work should have been done by supervised inmates of a nearby prison, so our task is ‘simply’ to get the saplings into the ground ready to be watered and nurtured by a tree manager. Three types of tree are to be planted: Musizi, Eucalyptus and Pine. They are all quite fast growing trees but the first two can be pollarded, which means that they can be cut down to ground level and will grow again. The pine is simply a cash crop but will, we are told, be replaced as they are cut down.
Most members of the team have not been to this beautiful country before, so in the second week we have three days at the Murchison Falls National Park. Our hope is that an increasing number of young people will become enthused with developing links with the Church in Uganda and will be encouraged to go there to do hands-on work with our Ugandan brothers and sisters”
At the time of writing, there is urgent need of rain to establish the saplings that have been planted already.
Dr Lydia is Qualified at last!
Dr Lydia Mwebaza, eldest child of Rev David Romans 8:1 Serunjogi and Mrs Sarah Serunjogi, graduated as a Doctor on June 23rd. after six years of study in Russia. Imagine the feat of dedication and determination that hides behind that simple statement! From the equator to the arctic winter temperatures of Russia and to a foreign culture and a foreign language that had to be learnt in order to communicate with the patients.
Lydia gives thanks to God for His enabling.
She will soon take up a post at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
Bishop Samuel Kefa Semakula Kamya of the diocese of West Buganda recently visited Bristol. Here he reflects with Chris Dobson on his experiences of the link.