Letters from the Field

Letter from Isoke No 8: The diary project
The mechanic, Michael, drove our newly repaired tractor from Narus to here, a distance of over 100 miles. The vast lands at Lolit 16 kilometers away, which are earmarked partly for the... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 7: Violent incidents at Isoke school
Last term was the first time at Isoke School that we didn’t have to end early from lack of food, so perhaps we are getting on a firmer foundation. Sorghum from the school garden lasted a... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 6: A teacher crisis
The three late-coming teachers never arrived, and well into the term we had no one to teach science except the Accounts Teacher, who stood in for the maths and physics teachers. The... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 5: A walk to the network
Term is already into its fourth week and still the Ugandan teachers have not arrived. But the mobile network, which you can find by walking three kilometres, finally started working again.... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 4: The food problem at Isoke school
So term ended early again, and once again because of food. This time I don’t think it’s incompetence, though it is true that neither the Head, nor the Deputy Head nor the Director of... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 3: The feast of Christ the King
The Parish Compound consists of our four-bedroomed guest-house surrounded by the huts of others living in the Compound: three orphans, three staff and occasional guests. This Saturday we... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 2: Who will be the next Superior?
The Superior Priest has left to pursue an MA at Kampala in Public Administration. He didn’t try too hard to administer things at Isoke. His casualness was one thing I liked about him, but... MORE >
Letter from Isoke No 1:  How do you study when there’s nothing to eat?
A new term starts at St Augustine’s School in Isoke. So far the teaching staff comprises only the Head Teacher and myself. Pupils trickle in—about 25 have registered by the end of the first... MORE >