What started out as two people on a single trip to put a water supply into an orphanage near Kampala, Uganda in 2012, with £3K raised from donations, has expanded exponentially. Having completed many projects across the country over the last six years, our director Paul Lightfoot and his team are back from their 2018 venture to Uganda and he has shared their update below:
‘We have been working in Uganda since 2012. Our water and sanitation projects have diversified somewhat over this time and we have built and renovated several school buildings in the past 3 years. Each year we transport donated goods to Uganda for distribution to the 4 schools we are working with. These goods include Football Strips, School Uniforms, Toothbrushes, Mosquito Nets etc.
Our team of 5 for the 2018 Trip was spread across 4 schools in 2 regions over a 24 day period and we were able to carry out the following tasks:
In the north of Uganda on the South Sudan Border, life is very tough due to a 20 year occupation by the LRA which ended in 2011. Since 2013 there has been an influx of 1.5M refugees from the South Sudan war. We worked at St Peters School in Adjumani and Brookland Community School in Dzaipi, putting a roof on a new boys dormitory, supplied and trained 120 girls with reusable sanitary towel kits and supplied football kits to St Peters and the Dzaipi village teams.
In the south just north of Kampala in a village called Kitezee we installed a children’s playground, built a new Pit Latrine. We also provided bunk bed mattresses, mosquito nets and football strips to the boarders and orphans of Mount Zion School and were pleased to be able to move 3 orphans to a new boarding School (Nansana Senior Secondary) and pay all their fees for the next year.
Our intention is to return in mid 2019 to check on progress of the current projects and construct a 3 classroom building at a village called Minike on the Sudan border who are currently using the village church as their school.
It’s worth noting that the average daily wage in Uganda is $1.25 per day which would not buy half a pint of beer over here!
We would like to say a big thank you to all contributors and donors to our projects without whom our work would not be possible.’