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Andrew and Anne Butler
11 Greenhills Close, Northampton, NN2 8EN.

May visit.

This is just a quick update after my visit to Penyem last week. Firstly, please accept my thanks on behalf of the sponsored children. We are pleased to say that all the current sponsored children have had their sponsorship renewed for the next 12 months. This is a hugely successful project, and now we have over 80 children sponsored. Thank you so much!
The visit went really well despite temperatures of 35C!!! All the school fees were paid into the bank account. Taking the money myself saves so much in exchange rates and transfer fees. However, I had to negotiate a tricky situation at UK customs!

I was able to see progress in the final phases of the new school building. Recently we had decided to tile the floor throughout the building, and this work was being done when I was there. The wood for the shelving in the classrooms was purchased, and this work will start after the tiling is completed. At my hotel I met the resident electrician. It turned out that he was originally from Penyem and had passed through the sponsorship scheme. He agreed to install electric into the new building fed from the medical centre supply. The work was completed 2 days later at a total cost of £80!

It was great to be able to tell the teachers in the school that they had all been sponsored by a new group within NTF. This represented a 20% pay rise to them! They were very happy!
The whole school compound was looking good. There is a scruffy classroom building that could be made better with a lick of paint. However, the toilet block is a different story!
It was agreed that the next project would be to build a new toilet block. This would include 2 toilets for the girls and 2 for the boys, with wash basins, and a shower. I was able to leave a deposit so that this work can start as soon as possible, with the target completion date being January 2013. All we need now is the money to complete the work! Kingswood School are planning another visit in February 2013, and I will be asking them to help. The estimated cost is £4000.

Just before I left on my trip I had some great news. Corby Phoenix Rotary had promised £1000 for medical equipment for the Health Centre.

These photos show the delivery of the equipment, which included 100 mosquito nets, bed, table, buckets, mops etc. These things will help the development of a spare room in the Health Centre to become an Isolation/Rest Room.

I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing. You may think that you do very little – but a little goes a long, long way in Penyem. We continue to fundraise. Our next main event is a garden fete in Moulton at the end of June. This is being organised by The Webb family who sponsor children in the programme and we are very grateful for their efforts on behalf of NTF. If you would like to support this, we need raffle and tombola prizes. Please contact us if you are able to help.

You may have noticed that in the last paragraph I have gone from ‘I’ to ‘we’. Yes – ‘I’ did go to Penyem last week, but ‘we’ (Anne also) really appreciate all you do!

Finally, (I/we!) plan a sponsor’s trip sometime; maybe April 2013? If you are interested in coming along, please let us know.

Andrew and Anne Butler

                                        The sponsored teachers.

A bicycle was purchased for Musa Bah our new Education Correspondent courtesy of his sponsor Barbara Butler.

An activity table and games were purchased with funds donated by Anne Smith of The Kingswood School.