I have been helping out with the finances for Hope Alive! and have been the Treasurer for WorldVenture Uganda, but this week I had my first ‘outside’ consulting assignment at WUBTC. WUBTC is a small Bible school in Western Uganda that WorldVenture missionaries helped starting almost 25 years ago.
I drove up with another WorldVenture missionary and on the way we saw elephants, waterbucks, and buffalo’s as the road to the Bible school goes straight through one of the national parks. When we arrived at the school I noticed that the fields were surrounded with a high electric fence. The fence is actually an elephant fence since elephants had been destroying the crops of the school. Since the fence was build the damage has been significantly reduced.
After an initial meeting with the director and the treasurer of the school we set up our tent. The very first night there was some thunder and lighting, but luckily heavy rains stayed away. Our tent was in the middle of the compound surrounded by the teacher houses, the classrooms, the student dormitories (where some students live with their wife and children) and the fields where they grow their own food. At the moment the school has 11 students, the majority pastors of small rural churches in Western Uganda.
The missionaries had asked me to help the school to create a budget for this school term as well as for next year and take a look at their financial records. They had never really worked with a budget before and had faced many financial difficulties, but somehow they managed to keep the school afloat all these years. After talking with them and putting up some initial figures we realized that they are going to run out of money real soon if no changes are made in their current spending or more money is raised abroad. After some spending cuts we came up with a budget that will let them continue to operate the next two months, but they are still facing a deficit before the end of the year. Since the students are not able to pay the full amount of school fees we are looking for people who would like to sponsor one of the students for a term ($200) or for a year ($600). Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity.
After a six hour drive I got back to Kampala again yesterday, ready to use actual showers and toilets again! :)