HIGH SCHOOL AIDS UGANDA EDUCATION PROJECT

DROMORE High School staff have offered up a cash boost to a church initiative aimed at bolstering education provision for the children of Jandira, a small township in Southern Uganda.

It was there that a new secondary school was built in memory of Banbridge woman Lindsay Emerson, who was closely involved with the work of Lurgan's Emmanuel Church before her diagnosis with a brain tumour and her tragic death at the age of just 24.

Lindsay and her husband Alain headed up the church team that spent several years building relationships and providing practical help to the community of Jandira, much of it focused on the children, particularly those attending the local 'Source of Light' primary school.

For many of the children primary education was all that was available, there being no secondary school within a range of many kilometres.

Built over the last two years as a memorial to Lindsay, for whom it had long been a dream that the children might complete their education and be given an equal chance in life, the 'Light For All' secondary school is up and running, though work continues to raise funds to meet the school's basic needs for electricity, toilets, kitchens, dormitories for pupils and teachers and a recently added science laboratory.

All money raised goes to help support the project and to help sponsor some of the children so that they can pay for their education at the school.

Adding to the pot last week was Dromore High School, where every year Amy flanagan and Jocelyn Anderson raise money by making floral arrangements for staff.

The two handed over this year's total of 315 to the school's own David Wylie, science teacher, who has himself supported the Emmanuel Church school project for some years.