A year on – it’s just the beginning

A lot has happened in the past year at Tusome Africa, more than I could have imagined. We’ve grown in size, both in terms of staff and volunteers, and also in terms of the schools that we work with. I was delighted to have an opportunity to visit five schools in January to see some of the work that the team have been doing in Uganda within the past year. Despite the fact that it was the school holidays, the head teachers met me and talked me through the changes that Tusome is enabling on the ground and how this is supporting them to achieve very tough school improvement programmes.

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An African vision, by Africans for Africa! Tusome Africa is Born.

I was driving home from a friends’ funeral when I stopped by the roadside to buy some food, as is usually the case on a journey like this. Women and children run to the car and try to sell their foodstuff. I observed this little boy of about four or five years stood quietly at the back of the pushing crowd, wearing an oversized school uniform, holding a basket of passion fruit. He wasn’t saying anything. He stood away from the pushing crowd elegantly balancing a large basket of passion fruit in front of him. I got out of the car and approach the little boy, and asked him how much the basket of passion fruit cost. He responded simply “3,500 shillings” ($1) and he quickly added that he would also give me a few extra pieces of passion fruit if I bought two baskets for 7,000 shillings ($2).

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