Panyana School Opening

Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Thu, 04 Mar 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

On Wednesday 3rd March we travelled to Panyana for the grand opening ceremony to hand the school over to the community. Panyana village is 2-3 hours drive from ‘home’, situated very near the Congo border in Morobo County. The welcome was warm; we were greeted by Semi (Archdeacon) and community members whilst a small brass band played familiar hymns. It was great to see the Martha Mobile clinic in action as a queue of customers waited patiently in the shade of a community ‘tukul’ to be seen.

The brass band kicked off the celebration with ‘Amazing Grace’, conducted by a man with a twinkle in his eye, full of life and the love of Jesus. Amongst the many speeches given to thank God for the school, Bishop Hilary of the diocese – spoke with compassion and vision for the future of the village and surrounding area. He spoke about maximising their use of the facilities provided – “do not let goats sleep in the classrooms!” He encouraged the community to look past the war and their focus on surviving tomorrow, toward a longer term future and the hope that God has promised; “We are not poor – poverty is a state of mind – we have food – we have all of this countryside – so send your daughters to school!”

The school was funded by the Basic Services fund and project managed by CMS Ireland. The guest of honour was the Minister of Education for central Equatoria.

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