Having won a charity place in the 2015 London Marathon for St Mary Bourne based Mityana Projects Trust, Whitchurch resident Seb Owen will be running on 26 April for MPT. This follows a tough training schedule for the past several months culminating in the full race in two week’s time.
Mityana Projects Trust supports several schools and other sustainable projects in and around Mityana, Uganda. It has provided buildings, water tanks, livestock and physical support amongst many other things. Every penny raised for Mityana projects goes to the projects themselves – nothing is retained for the running of the charity. You can find out about our work at our homepage.
Please consider supporting Seb in his run – you can support him on his charity web page.
Thanks for your support!
With Livi returning home from another amazing trip to Mityana, we give thanks that all three of the Hampshire Anning girls have made it out to Uganda – a chapter that started in 2008 with Bryony and ended in 2014 with Livi. Our thanks to Dodie for forging this link and to the people of St Mary Bourne and Mityana for their support. Amazing to see latest pictures from Livi of Zirra – a ‘green field’ (forest) site at the start, and now a fully functioning school in 2014.
Final chapter? Well, Livi wants to go again on a gap year in 2018…
We made a highlights video in 2010.
Bryony returning for a gap year in 2013
Milly blowing bubbles in 2010
The Author with Juma in 2010, still going strong in 2014
Livi carrying water in 2014
After months of waiting, preparation and fund-raising, the trial gap year visit to Uganda finally departed Heathrow on 3 February. Bryony, Tom and Will will be in Mityana for nearly four months. They will be working at sites including The School of the Deaf, Maranatha Orphanage, Afinnet, with possible visits to Namutamba, Bukuya and Mityana Secondary School. February 13 Gap timetable is enclosed. You can view some of the places mentioned in the video from the 2010 visit.
Updates will be published on Twitter via @MityanaProjects and @bryonyanning. The main site is at www.mityana-projects-trust.co.uk.
Arriving at Terminal 3
Sergei begins his African adventure
||Depart from UK, St Mary Bourne 3.30
Arrive in Entebbe
Stay the night in Entebbe
||Into Kampala for the bank, post office, craft fair and lunch at the cathedral guest house.
Out to Mityana by 4pm
- Buddy Time
- Peer group lesson
- Tour of school – gardens, classrooms + dormitories
- Lunch (1 – 2pm)
- Meet with School Council
- Lesson in Lugandan (Cranmer & Nolene)
- Water Carrying
Visit the Hospital
||a) Visit a Ugandan home
b) Historical site
DM – and Adrian Love to visit the Lake & a new school
c) Meeting with 8 link school head teachers @ 3pm
Fun Afternoon with Orphanage school children and staff
Farm visit at dusk to see the birds
||Out to Namutamba – disabled children’s hospital…..+ lunch
||Bulera all day
||Bukanaga / Lulagala (lakeside villages)
am Games and class lessons activities –
pm Painting blackboards
||Finish working at Bukanaga
Finish working at Lulagala
Afternoon to Makonzi?
||To Murchison ……….
From Mityana, head North through the districts of Hoima and Masindi . After a re-fuelling stop in Masindi town, proceed to Sambiya River Lodge in Murchison Falls N.P. A forest walk in search of chimpanzees in Pabidi Forest. Birds, butterflies and other primates are plentiful or tour the top of the Falls, where the Nile crashes through a 7 – metre gorge to fall 45 metres. Numerous scenic viewpoints are the photographer’s delight! If hot, one can cool off in the Lodge pool. Dinner and overnight at picturesque Sambiya River Lodge.
||Cross the Nile by ferry and set off on an early morning game drive. Your guide helps spot elephant, giraffe, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob and lion. Butterflies are abundant. After a packed lunch you take a boat cruise to the base of the majestic Murchison Falls. Crocodiles bask in the sun and hippos yawn on the way. Spectacular bird life is found including the rare shoebill stork, and you are likely to see numerous animals. Return to the excellent service and comfort of Sambiya River Lodge.
||Take another game drive this morning, return to the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon take a walk in the surrounding lush forest. Dinner and overnight at Sambiya River Lodge.
||Return to Entebbe
Night at Hotel in Entebbe
||Trip to Ngamba Island, back to hotel for swim and shower and food…. – return to the UK at 22.00
||Arrive Heathrow 7am