At the end of April, John and Christine Carney travelled to Basel, Switzerland to meet members of the congregation, and the Living Links committee, of the Anglican Church Basel (ACB). The church has supported the Mayega Orphanage for a number of years and is now interested in the Moving-on Project. John and Christine delivered two presentations, at the morning and evening services, and had lunch with committee members. It is Living Links who make recommendations to the church council on what charitable causes ACB will support. The indications are positive, with Assistant Chaplain Rev Dr Russell Hilliard describing Busega Scotland as the ‘real deal’. It will make such a difference if Living Links do decide to recommend the Moving-on Project. John and Christine enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of ACB, and thanked the church for their interest and support of the work in Tanzania.
Bringing computer access to rural locations in Tanzania has its challenges. Sourcing equipment, a power supply and getting a 3G mobile internet signal are just some of the problems that need to be overcome. Add to that the lack of local experience in dealing with computers and you could be forgiven for thinking that it is not possible. Busega Scotland is committed to raising the educational attainment of children at the Mayega Orphanage and the Moving- On Project. This is crucial in improving their life chances. With limited educational resources and a lack of teachers, online learning may be a way forward. We have to try!
Students return to classes after the Easter break and they look smart in their new college T shirts.
Their timetable this term includes, practical classes in Motor Mechanics, Theory, Technical Drawing, Religion, Life skills, English Communication, Science, Computer Applications, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics and Environmental Cleaning. They are going to be busy!
Christine and John have had a very productive meeting with Moray MP, and leader of the SNP group at Westminster, Angus Robertson.
Angus made contact after articles appeared about Busega Scotland in the Northern Scot newspaper. Despite a heavy pre Holyrood election schedule, Angus invited us to the SNP constituency office in Elgin. A useful discussion took place about Busega Scotland’s profile, communication issues and how Angus could actively support our charity. The task now is to convert the ideas into action over the coming months.
There is also a little known fact about Christine and Angus – they both attended Broughton Secondary School in Edinburgh. Christine burst into the old school song when she got home. Now in its third building , this old Edinburgh local authority school had its official opening in 1905.
Broughton for Ever
Mother of ours benign, Broughton , our hearts are thine.
Loving we name thee ! Whether afar or near, ever we hold thee dear.
Proud we acclaim thee.
Mother of ours benign, we that are called thine
Lovingly name thee, proudly acclaim thee
Broughton for ever!