The idea was born
for Uganda 2000 when Chris Wilkinson suggested 10 projects each being
supplied with a container of resources. Hoever, it has its real origins
in Books for All.
The ambitious project by Surrey Scouts to equip Iganga Schools and
Scouts with libraries of books.
Those at the meeting
well remember Eric Goulding, the leader of Books for All warning of
the Customs Clearance difficulties of taking a container into the
He was ignored
and went on to be the Leader of Uganda
2000 taking responsibility for the shipment of several containers
and a visit by over 150 Scouts from the UK to Uganda.
We all well remember
the difficulties faced then of the failure to get the sponsorship
needed, the lateness of the fund raising and finally the difficulty
of Customs Clearance which in the end was dealt with in the President's
Office when he agreed to pay the tax out of Presidential Funding.
Where the resources
went, we are unsure because instead of the containers going into the
Districts they were handled centrally by the Uganda Scouts Association.
We know that some who had expected boxes received nothing whilst others
got unpected surprises.
The one left over
container was still in Avon County waiting to be shipped. Sufficient
goods to fill it had been collected, sorted and packed. Eventually
Scout Enterprises Ltd took on the task of shipping and Customs
was scheduled to ship to arrive in Jinja at the beginning of November.
Berkshire despatched Chris Wilkinson to be in Jinja for its arrival.
is lengthy as he encountered several hurdles, not the last of which
was an error in the shipping instructions which left the container
in Mombassa. This held matters up more than 5 weeks whilst the agents
in Uganda, SDV Trans-Ami, negotiated its release and routing.
Most of the other
difficulties encountered were associated with the value of the goods
in the container, their description and the packing list.
lessons to be learnt from which some will say Never Again!
But Chris thinks
that that would be a mistake but single type loads, recognition of
tax laws and accurate descriptions and values would make life easier.