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On the 28th of April 2016 Sipa were proud to be present for the opening of the Australian Government funded (DFAT) direct aid project which built some school buildings for the Padwat community near Palabek Ogili, within Sipa’s tenement area. The project arose from Sipa’s close relationship with Missionary Ventures Uganda Limited who have been working with this community for some time. Sipa identified the project as fulfilling the requirements of the funding grant, completed the funding application and ensured that correct governance was in place to complete the project. The community were heavily involved in the process and donated the land for the school buildings and has since donated more land to ensure the school will have adequate area for growth. We are pleased to announce the project was completed on time and within budget. Thanks also to AAMEG who alerted us to the existence of the scheme and co-ordinated the applications for Australian Mining companies working in Africa.
Figure 1: Official Ogili School opening ceremony.
At the opening we were honoured to have Mr John Feakes, Australian High Commissioner to East Africa and Mr Peter Lokeris, State Minister for Minerals, along with many other invited guests.
Figure 2: Mr Peter Lokeris, Ms Lynda Burnett and Mr John Feakes cut the school opening cake.
Sipa has recently returned to the school along with Missionary Ventures Uganda to supply story books, teaching aids, tables, chairs, school books and sporting equipment. The school is totally self-funded by parents and the community, and has a strong belief in the value of education for its children.
Figure 3: Rex Guynn from Missionary Ventures Uganda at the school opening.