Teso Educational Support Services (TESS)
Helping young people in Teso, Uganda
to learn for life.

April 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest news from TESS.

We hope that you enjoyed a joyful and relaxing Easter time. Our students spent Easter in school but begin a three week holiday this week. They will mostly be returning to their families to help with household and farming chores and will have a chance to meet with relatives and friends. The young women on our income-generating course are learning business skills to support them to launch their own businesses in the coming weeks. Everyone in Teso is pleased that the rains have finally returned and the weather is cooler. Good news for the crops and animals too!

Update on Sponsored Students.

Letters from most students have arrived at the office and will be sent out this week. Updates on all existing and newly recruited students are being compiled and will be sent out to sponsors in the next few days. Our S4 graduates have all settled well into their new courses either in A levels or in Vocational Training. We are very proud of the progress they are making and in the new friendships they have formed. Here are some photos of sponsored students receiving their vocational course requirements:

Update on Income-Generating Course.

We have been delighted with the success of our first income-generating course based in our own buildings in Kapiri. This course aims to train young women, mainly single mothers in a variety of income-generating skills such as simple sewing to make re-useable shopping bags, bead making, soap making, baking and eco-bag making. We were delighted to have our former student, Agnes join us as one of our trainers. She was a real inspiration to the young women.
All of the products can be produced for a low cost and can be sold locally to supplement income. We also hope to be selling some of the products made through our website very soon. The young women are also being trained and supported to develop business and marketing skills and will be mentored through their first month of running their business. We hope to roll out this programme to more young women, possibly adding elements of numeracy and literacy training as most of the young women on the course were not able to complete primary school and struggle to read and write. This course was funded through our Christmas campaign and also through a generous grant from The Souter Trust. Thank you so much for your support.

Thank you, once again, to the organisers,sellers and buyers at the KWON sale held in Nottingham on Saturday 27th April.

This huge sale of pre-loved baby and children’s items raises money for three charities, including TESS each year. It is full of bargains and treasures and is well worth a visit if you are nearby and have little people to buy for.

Check out www.kwonsale.org.uk for more info.

Finally, a big thank you to Helen Berry who has kept the office ticking over whilst Joanne and her family were in Uganda developing TESS programmes and working with staff, students and stakeholders there.Helen’s support was invaluable and we are all very grateful to her. Joanne is home now and will take over the running of the office once again.

That’s all for now. As ever, thank you for your support.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team with any comments, queries or questions.

Every blessing, The TESS team.

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