Ruth and Ephraim Tumwesigye had a dream--to provide Nursery education to the orphans and needy children in their area. Both teachers, this seemed something that they could undertake. Ruth was a keen Mother’s Union worker and it was in this capacity that Mary Wood, got to know her and had her to stay in Lothersdale in the UK. However, very sadly, in 1999, Ruth was killed in a motor accident, an all too common occurrence on the bad roads out there.
Since that time Ephraim has managed to keep the nursery school going as a memorial to Ruth, with the help from a small number of supporters including Mary Wood. However, after Mary Wood died in 2008, Ephraim, who is now retired, has struggled to keep the school going, as well as looking after his frail mother.
There are 55 children at the nursery school, aged between 3 and 6, the majority of whom are orphans, due to AIDS or malaria.
The infrastructure of the nursery is slowly improving, with the building of four new classrooms over the past 2 years. The classrooms need fitting out now with simple wooden desks; and the daily provision of porridge for the children, and small salary for the staff is a constant worry for Ephraim.
He needs and deserves our help- to create a lasting and worthwhile memorial to his wife, Ruth, and to give the orphaned and deprived children in his area a good start in life.
Ephraim and his elderly mother