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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Our report on Feed the Children project

Dear HUGS supporters, we would like to thank you for your recent generosity.  You have helped to make something very special happen.

During May we received an increasing number of reports of children in Uganda and Rwanda who were starting to suffer because of the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.  In these countries state social protection is very small and most people do not have savings. When they are told to stay indoors and self-isolate, they cannot work.  No work means no income and pretty soon people are hungry. 
Many of our trusted representatives asked for our help to simply feed the hungry children.
HUGS supporters responded with generosity and kindness to our appeal, and we were able to transfer a total of £2400 between four of our trusted representatives. They have used this money to buy and distribute food.

Sebastian, in Jinja has been helping the poorest families with disabled children. The HUGS bought motorbike has been a lifeline to isolated communities where suffering goes unnoticed.
Sr Stella in Rwanda went through her school register and identified the poorest 18 families, home to 61 children. Each child received the equivalent of 10,000 Rwandan Francs, in cash or food.  This is enough to feed them for three weeks.

It many not be enough food for long, but it may be enough to last until restrictions are lifted.
In Rutunguru, Sr Jacinta has staged a relief effort using local trucks to deliver 100kg of beans, 750kg of grain, soap and salt to 20 of the poorest families who have children attending the Little Shepherd School, where she is the school leader.  She chose families where there 4 or more children. In total 80 children will now have enough food, the meal ‘Posho’ is nutritious and filling.

The generosity of our HUGS donors has brought relief and comfort to so many children. 
It is such an important cause. Together we have shown it is possible to make a direct link between people who ‘have’ in the UK and the most deprived, who do not ‘have’ in other parts of the world. 

Full credit to the hard work of everyone who has made this happen. Thank you.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Getting there quickly

Our last blog was all about the serious hunger issues which are being experienced in much of Uganda and Rwanda.
We made an appeal for help  with a target of £1000. Our supporters have responded wonderfully and within a week we had beaten the target and have reached over £1700.
We sent £2400 to the schools and organisations where the need was greatest.
The picture shows one of the families in Lira who collected their maize and other things a couple of days ago.  Thank you.

If you would like to help then our donation page is still open and the link is here.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Its only when...

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked"

Attributed to Warren Buffet, the sagacious American investor. But the tide is going out for so many of us and particularly for our friends in Uganda and Rwanda.

As you all know we really focus all our spending on education and things very closely related to it.

But that was then. Now things are very different.  We in UK have the worst Covid 19 mortality in the world. Uganda and Rwanda do not appear to have very many deaths. But the nations have closed down everything with no form of social security whatsoever. Nothing.

The population is desperate for food and starvation is the real threat today.

£5 buys a large bag of flour and £10 buys a large bag of rice like the one on Sebastian's motorbike.

We have been helping in Lira and Jinja. Partner Sebastian is delivering foodstuff.

While we will continue our present programmes, but rather more slowly we agonise about the dilemma "if the children die of starvation and do we really need more schools?"

We think we do need them but will be directing some of our donations to help tackle the most grave problems knowing that we cannot really do a great deal.

We have started an appeal on our Virgin Money Giving donation site. If any reader would like to help that would be great.  Virgin money take almost nothing in administration costs.

If you could help a little the LINK IS HERE

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Progress with the School for the Deaf Children

I am posting the report we received today from our partners in Jinja, Uganda. Led by Sebastian it is called the Organisation for Parents with Deaf Children.

We agreed with John, the builder, that where possible Youth with disabilities (skilled and unskilled) will be given first priority to work on this project. This has been fully observed as eight deaf youth have been working at the site and fully paid their wages per day. Of the eight (8), 2 are masons while the other are unskilled workers.

Builder John with his son

The construction is being implemented under the phased manner which means that funds are being sent and received to cater for one phase after the other. So far two phases have been successfully completed (Sub super structure and Super structure phases).
In the first phase, we (HUGS and JOPDC)  agreed that the phase one was to involve constructing the whole foundation of the facility.

In phase two, we (HUGS and JOPDC) had agreed the constructor was to build the two dormitories, three office room, matrons' room, staff washrooms, two classrooms, and washrooms for pupils only. The rest of the other one classroom, school offices, all on the right were to come later.
However, when the construction began we realised that the remaining part would compromise the security of the children when the school opens in early 2020 since there was no perimeter wall around the entire facility.
JOPDC management and the constructor sat and had a change of mind and plan. We finally
agreed that instead of constructing the staff quarters first, we modified the timing so that a secure site could be achieved with staff using an empty classroom during the early of the project.

JOPDC Director Sebastian

We moved very well with the construction up to the beam level but then the Corona Virus pandemic had escalated and the government had issued harsh Corona Virus prevention guidelines some of which required that all activities that required a seasonable number of workers be suspended until a future date. JOPDC management therefore had to adhere to these guidelines and on 27th March, the construction was put on halt for 14 days as directed by government.
When the Lockdown is lifted by Government, we shall start from where we ended. 

Our next phase will be Roofing and Ceiling of the entire facility.

Building to wall plate level in 6 weeks

The community has become supportive and proud of the development we are bringing to the Kagoma Sub county and Jinja District in general. Many district officials and local leaders have given us courtesy calls to the site highly recommending our progress. Other leaders who have not known about the project are always left in shock, wondering and asking who are the people behind the growing magnificent facility in the area while passing on the road.
The Differently Abled Youth especially the deaf youth are happy for having been considered to work on this project. Many have had no stable employment as the community looks at them as being unable to do good work. Such wages have drastically improved their well being and their families as some of them have spouses and children at home.
During the course of our construction, community members and parents have been bringing
children with hearing impairment, visually impaired and intellectually challenged children for registration. The majority of them were new to us. This has been as a result of the community knowing that the school being built is for Differently Abled Children (DAC). By the time we stopped building we had registered 12 children in just a space of two months.
In a similar way, some adults have come to us to register their interest to work with us either as casual workers or full time staff. The case in point, many ladies have expressed interest to work as matrons, cooks, canteen attendants, etc.

Creating a water storage tank at the school

Inconsistent availability of water supplied by National Water and Sewerage Corporation
(NWSC). This has greatly affected our budget as we have heavily depended on water supplied by Uganda Police, Fire Brigade department at a relatively high cost ( £50  per truck).
Prices of certain building materials especially cement, and bricks, have increased. This is mainly attributed to the many taxes government charges the manufacturers and many other community members building their own houses respectively.
The Corona Virus outbreak which has made us to suspend the work at the site following the
government Lockdown.
In conclusion, in our own thoughts, we are happy to report that the project is on course and it will be delivered on time so that by end of the year it is ready for use early January, 2020.
However, this will be possible if funds continue to be available.
It is very important in our subsequent projects to continue involving our Differently Abled
Youth/ Children (DAY/ C) as it is the only way we can show the community that such youth are able to work like the able bodied youth.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Why stay at Home

In UK and USA far too many people are thinking that the Government policy saying STAY AT HOME doesn't really apply to me. It's for other people. No. It's for me.

My daughter Joanna, a very hard pressed General Practitioner sent me this little graphic which really shows just what happens with viruses spreading.

Click the link below and it will all make sense



Thursday, 26 March 2020

A Global Emergency

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has set the world a challenge to remain safe and prevent deaths.
We are kept constantly updated by our Governments on hand washing, social distancing, staying in our own homes and isolating the most vulnerable. We are all doing our upmost to comply because we know this will save lives. There is a social and economic impact of the restraints we are currently living under but we are all try to make the best of it and hope this epidemic is soon over.

We at HUGS also know the affect this is having on our friends in Uganda. They are trying to cope with all these changes without the safety net and infrastructure we have here in the UK.
The schools in Uganda were closed without warning. Sebastian and Fred had to rush around collecting the children from the various boarding schools and return them to their own homes. One of the children couldn’t return to his own home so Sebastian and his wife Victoria have taken him in and made room, together with their own five children. Another one of the children we pay school fees for was worried there would be no food at home to feed him. We had anticipated this and our good friend Lydia who runs the Bury African Outreach Charity sent money to pay for emergency food.

As a precaution we have stopped the building work on our new school for deaf children.

Covid 19 has appeared in Uganda and if it really takes off then the very limited health resources cannot be expected to cope.

There are 55 Intensive Care beds in Uganda. Manchester University Hospital Royal Infirmary alone has more than that.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

We must decide!

At a time when 1.7 billion people around the world are in lock down it is so easy for us to wait until someone wise tells us what to do. A dangerous route to take when we remember of all the awful things that have been happening in our world and which were either started or 'not prevented' by our political masters.

They have not suddenly become wise and truthful. They are the same and so often muddling along giving the appearance of knowing what to do.

I'm not an expert on Covid 19 but I do now that if I catch it it will be because of my own carelessness or that of others.

It took far too long for the simple message STAY AT HOME to be the lesson learned to date.  Wash my hands over and over again. Keep at least 2 meters away from people.

Our new St Francis de Sales School at Jinja is on programme but we are carefully considering the wisdom of  a number of builders working on the project. It's a pretty isolated site and a long way from the big towns but Uganda now has Covid 19 and their health services could never handle a major epidemic. We may decide to pause.

All our Uganda and Rwanda schools have closed and many people they will rely upon a small holding or large vegetable garden which has proved to be the route to survival so often in the past. We have less resilience in UK.

Thanks to all our donors for your continuing support. This month we had our charity Annual General Meeting and I stood down as Chairman and Administrator and handed over to Dr. Richard Bircher, my son in law. He will do a brilliant job. I will remain as a Trustee and try not to meddle.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Latest news from our projects

At the start of 2020 we have 3 main projects underway and one which we hope to start.

2020 marks the 25th year of the charity.

Firstly the Scholarship programme;

The academic year started with 66 active scholarships out of the 124 we have funded over the years.
(58 have completed). 57 are at primary or secondary school and 9 are at further education/university.

"F"completes her medical degree course this year.

The second big project is at Good Shepherd School for children with special needs. It has always been a challenge to help the school to achieve financial sustainability which we believe is really vital for all our projects. Without this so many great ideas die when the funders can no longer provide the money. With help from one of our most generous supporters we have started a £27,000 agricultural project near Fort Portal. When fully operational in about 3 years time this will not only provide substantially improved food supply to the 160 to 200 at the school but also generate cash to help pay running costs. The land has been purchased and we will keep you up to date as things develop.

The third project is the build of St Francis de Sales Nursery School for deaf children. Land was purchased by our partners the Jinja Organisation of Parents of Deaf Children and work has started. We visited the site in December and now the building is progressing very quickly. The school will take up to 100 children with full dormitory accommodation because children will come from quite distant places.

This was the site in December

And here it is in January

The other project yet to start will be dormitory accommodation at Little Shepherd School at Rtunguru.

If you know anyone who might like to sponsor a student do please let us know.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

A good start to 2020

The big news for everyone involved with education and schools in Uganda and in Rwanda is always the release of the primary 7 (leaving exam) for school children.
In Uganda about 12,000 schools take these and about 600,000 children and parents wait nervously through Christmas waiting for the results.
Our schools are no exception and once again the results have not disappointed.
St Therese's in Rukira Rwanda had 26 entrants with 20 grade one and six grade 2.
Good Shepherd in Uganda had 12 entrants all with Grade 2
St Zoes in Uganda has 29 entrants with 9 Grade 1 and 20 Grade 2.
We congratulated the children and the teachers. These results are far above the national average with about half of all the Uganda Schools getting no Grade one results which is so sad. They are not stupid children. They struggle with huge class sizes and very often absent teachers.

Here are the Rwanda teachers

The other big story this month is that after lots of thinking and planning work has now started on building our new nursery school for deaf children.

It will be named after St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of the deaf and is being led by Waiswa Sebastian and his Organisation for the Parents of Deaf Children.

We will keep you up to date on progress but the pictures below show the setting out of the buildings and the delivery of bricks.

January also sees the start of a new school year and this is when we spend a lot of our donor money in renewing scholarships for the year 2020. Currently we have 50 renewals for primary and secondary school. Another 9 are at Further education level and renew in August. And  few more finished primary school this year and will now be starting secondary school. Not all will have HUGS scholarships.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Some highlights of 2019

First a big thank you to all our donors. Without you all nothing could happen. With your help many lives have been changed and hope given to so many.

We have just received the Annual Report from the Jinja Organisation of Parents with Deaf Children.

If anyone would like to have a copy please ask and we will send it to you.

It is a very encouraging read and covers so many of the things being tackled by Sebastian and his helpers.

Education Support with 22 children with disabilities (CWD'S) now getting an education and one graduating with a degree of BA in Education. He wants to teach special needs children.

Sight recovery project with 145 treated since the start in 2017.

Awareness creation in the villages. JOPDC research found that so many families stigmatise and discriminate against CWD'S and refer to them with derogatory names. Many are seen a a divine punishment and are denied education and often locked away and not thought about. JOPDC has done a lot with radio and village meetings to try to change these perceptions.

As a result many parents are seeking advice on schooling for the children.

A malaria prevention programme bringing mosquito nets to nearly 500 children,

A programme to help Girls Remain in School with reusable sanitary products being made and given to teenage girls.

Children who have perhaps been denied any schooling are being given vocational training in things like tailoring, shoe making, carpentry and knitting so that they have some chance of creating a livelihood.

In January we aim to start building St Francis de Sales School for Deaf Children.

We visited St Zoe's Primary and Secondary Schools and given a warm welcome. The schools are doing well with about 400 pupils.

We visited Good Shepherd Special Needs School for the tenth anniversary of its opening. The school and St Gabriel's Children home were very impressive and the entertainment and speeches were excellent.

The on to Asili Girls Secondary School where we met a very inspirational group of teachers and leaders. The school has only been in existence for about 5 years and the progress is good.

Time and distance prevented us from visiting Little Shepherd School at Rtunguru or St Therese's School in Rukira, Rwanda. Maybe next time!

But lets not forget the great Christmas Song which Denise inspired and which two choirs in Uganda and one in Marple all coordinated to sing and which Richard carefully put together. It has raised a lot of money and this is helping to improve the living conditions for one of our sponsored children and his mother.

And the Mubende Choir led by Natiigo Daniel has inspired him to write more music.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

2019 Visit to Uganda and The Music of Love

The launch of the Christmas Song "The Music of Love" has now raised £838 for the charity and was played on air to over 6 million listeners of Radio Wa who broadcast from Lira Uganda. A great achievement. (£697 came from the launch event in Marple)

Trustees Peter, Richard Joanna and Helen have just returned from visiting most of our schools in Uganda and meeting 29 of our scholarship students.

We started in Jinja with Sebastian and Fred and visited the Madhvani Kakira Sugar factory. We hope to get their help with our new school for deaf children.

Victoria Fred and Sebastian

The factory was most impressive employing 15,000 people, running a hospital and several schools for employee's children and also generating enough energy as a byproduct of the sugar process to power the whole of Kampala. This company really is tacking global warming in a very positive manner.

Then on to meet the architect and builders who will construct St Francis de Sales starting in January 2020.

 Then to meet the parents of children who are deaf or have other disabilities.

And a visit to the site for the new school which is very attractive with great views of the nearby hills.

A long journey with our great driver, Fred, and a lovey welcome at St Zoes Primary and Secondary Schools. After a dip in performance things are really improving and the team are adding new facilities and gave built a new dormitory.

Next stop was Fort Portal for the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Good Shepherd. Great music and dancing and lots of speeches. An inspirational day!  We met the team and discussed a big sustainability project which impressed us all. We gave the go ahead message to buy 5 acres of land. More about this on a later blog.

Dancing at Good Shepherd

Then a long drive and a couple of R and R days in the Murchison Safari Park. Really worth a visit.

And then to Lira but partly along what will be a great new road being built by Chinese contractors. The school team are great and have plans to increase the intake in February next year when the school year begins..

A live goat on a motor cycle

Lira town 
Some of the Lira Womens group
Teachers at the Asili Girls School

The visit was a great boost for everyone. Meeting students who are now employed Civil Engineers but were in Primary 1 when we first met them, students who have real aspirations to become nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers was another testament to the importance of education.

(This visit was not paid for out of your donations.)

Friday, 15 November 2019

HUGS Christmas Song

A Beautiful Christmas Single bringing the Women of the World together in Song.
Listen and enjoy. Make someone’s Christmas better by making a small donation as you listen to the song.  ‘The Language of Love’.

You can view it using the links on the poster below and there are web site addresses which let you buy a copy or view the song.

Link to special donation page is

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Bridging the Gap. A sustainability challenge.

It's a long time since we mentioned our Good Shepherd School for children with special needs. So let's tell the latest news.

Thanks to a very generous donor we have been promised a substantial donation towards the cost of setting up an agricultural project which will both raise money for the school and also help to provide a good diet for children and staff. Success will help to make Good Shepherd more sustainable in the long term.

Although the other schools which we have helped to build are all self sustaining it has not been possible at Good Shepherd because of the small class sizes and high ratio of teachers to children.

We have similar projects at Rukira, St Zoe's, Little Shepherd and Lira Girls School and they all make a great contribution to giving the children a decent meal when the crops are good. The picture shows the agricultural project at Lira which the girls are working on.

But in order to receive the large donation we need to BRIDGE THE GAP  and that means that we need to find £12,000 from other benefactors or charities.

So that is the challenge!  many of you have been great supporters for a long time and maybe you could introduce some of your friends who might help us?

We are setting up a special VIRGIN MONEY GIVING SITE for this project.

Friday, 18 October 2019

It's still killing little children!

A Special thank you to UK Member of Parliament Mr Jeremy Lefroy for donating £1800 to buy Mosquito Nets for children and families in Uganda.

This sort of generosity makes a huge difference and saves lives.

I have published the full text of the report prepared by our partner Sebastian which tells us just how he spent the money.

3rd October 2019

£1.800 was given by the UK Parliamentary Select Committee to purchase 400 Mosquito nets for children in
Jinja, Uganda. However, this amount of money actually bought 478 treated Mosquito nets. The nets were
bought in Kampala. (All money given was spent on the nets). The nets were shared-
378 Mosquito nets went to Jinja via JOPDC - Sebastian Waiswa.
50 Mosquito nets went to Lira, Uganda via Sr. Evangelista/Asili Girls School - (The school built by Helping
Uganda Schools/HUGS).
50 Mosquito Nets went to children in Kampala via Ronald Kamoga - (Community Empowerment For
Village Development).
(This report will concentrate on the 378 nets given out in Jinja).
Uganda has recorded an increase in Malaria cases to 1.4 million Ugandans suffering from it since June
Malaria is Uganda’s leading cause of death among inpatients aged below five years. The prevalence is
attributed to the intermittent rains, decline in the use of Insecticide Impregnated Bed Nets, indoor residual
spraying of insecticides, use of Arteminim based combination therapy to treat uncomplicated malaria and
provision of intermittent preventative therapy for expectant mothers.
In an effort to help prevent malaria cases among our children with disabilities, their parents and other most
vulnerable children like the orphans, JOPDC received a grant of £1,800 from All Party Parliamentary Group
on Malaria and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPG) committee, UK to procure and distribute Long
Lasting Treated Insecticide Bed Nets, free of charge. This committee is chaired by Hon. MP Jeremy Lefroy.
It should be noted that most of the children with disabilities, especially those with hearing impairment,
acquired their disability due to the side effects of malaria treatment. This is why JOPDC started, because
we as parents who had children with hearing loss, needed to work together to help them. My role is to go
into the villages and find children with disability and find school placements for them.
In this detailed report we wish to share with all our stakeholders especially the UK parliament through the
APPG Committee on how the exercise of distributing the bed nets was conducted.
We wish you all of a lovely time as you read it.

Money was deposited in our bank via HUGS
In an effort to ensure efficiency and value for our grant, we decided to avoid the middlemen in the supply
chain of the mosquito nets.
We chose to directly contact the local manufacturer called Sino Africa Medical Devices Company Limited
(SMD) in Kampala, Uganda. The Company manufactures Yorkool Polyester Long Lasting Insecticidal
Mosquito Nets (LLINs).
With this approach, we were able to buy these nets at factory prices and this allowed us get more nets
than what we had thought to get. We therefore got 478 mosquito nets out of the £1,800 instead of 400 nets.
When we brought the nets to our offices, we planned to transport and distribute these nets at the grass root
levels (village level) so that we are able to reach out to every beneficiary. The beneficiaries were not limited
to children with disabilities, but also their parents and other vulnerable persons in the remote communities
like the orphans, widows, single mothers and the elderly in the five sub counties of Jinja district. We
identified five distribution points, one in each sub county. This was done to avoid incidences of some
people failing to come due to lack of transport fares. We therefore had five distribution points in five sub
counties of Jinja District. These included; Kibundhaire in Butagaya, Kyamaggwa in Mafubira, Namaganga
in Busedde, Namizzi in Budondo and Pulota in Kakira.
Sebastian, the Director of OPDC setting off to the one of the distribution point . This motorcycle was
donated by Helping Uganda Schools (HUGS) UK

The beneficiaries received their nets after filling a detailed distribution and tracking form developed by
JOPDC attached in this report.
To transport the 50 nets to Lira. We organized transport. Nets were loaded onto a truck, driven and met in
Lira by Sr. Evangelista. They will be given to the girls who attend the Asili Girls School built by HUGS. The
50 nets were collected by Ronald to take back to Kampala and will be given to vulnerable children.

From our distribution exercise, in Jinja re 378 nets we were able to note the following facts about
the beneficiaries
We asked all those receiving the nets to make a pledge they would use them every night.
1. 75% last slept under a mosquito net two years ago. 25% had nets but these now needed
2. The source of these nets was from government and NGOs operating in their communities.
3. They also revealed the government was only giving a few nets depending on the number of family
members they had. There were insufficient nets to protect all family members.
4. Some NGOs were asking for reimbursement from the beneficiaries to help in covering the transport
costs of the bed nets. Many families could not afford to pay.
5. 53% of the 75% those who did not have mosquito nets had suffered from Malaria in the last three
months. They sought treatment from government health facilities. However, about 55% never
received any treatment as the drugs were out of stock in these facilities. Some claimed that they
resorted to use herbal medicine to treat themselves while others went to private pharmacy stores
to buy the drugs. What is shocking and worrying is that most of these never bought a full doze
because of being expensive. These have had on and off malaria attacks hence resulting into
resistant malaria.
6. Four families in Butagaya sub-county reported having lost one of their family members due to
malaria attacks. Three of the deceased were children below five years old (in the previous five

The mosquito nets we have distributed will contribute to the reduction of malaria outbreak among the
beneficiary households. We will try to follow up in one year’s time to evaluate the impact.
The total (478) nets enabled some children and adults to have protection from Malaria but there are many
more children and adults who will go to bed without any life saving net over them. This makes them
vulnerable to malaria attacks. (The 50 net to Lira and 50 to Kampala have gone to vulnerable children/
Despite the fact that our government, through the underlying Ministry of Health and support from various
donors have distributed nets over the years, many children especially those with a disability have never
received such nets. This can be attributed to the fact that many times, the nets are insufficient to cover
every member of their family and so the parents/guardians have to prioritize who gets protection. Children
with disabilities are not always given the same value and are always the last to be thought of.

It is more effective and efficient in terms of value for money to avoid the middle men or retailers when
procuring the bed nets. Because when you directly procure from the manufacturer, you get them at low
rates and hence securing more. As JOPDC were happy to carry out this role at no cost because we see the
benefit to our community and as part of our role.
It is also an established fact that if donors directly channel the funds to those organisations that are
operating at the local level, there is a likelihood that funds will be saved as a lot of administrative and
bureaucratic tendencies commonly practiced by large NGOs and government institutions/departments will
be avoided.
It is our considered view that had it not been Ms. Denise Ead and Ms. Primrose Magala who on our behalf
had sleepless nights preparing a presentation on malaria to the APPM Committee, JOPDC will not have got
the grant. We are indeed indebted to you all.
We finally really want to convey our sincere gratitude to APPM Committee for the generosity it extended to
us through this life changing grant. The has significantly caused some joy to the beneficiaries especially
the little children with disabilities.
It is our kind request and prayer that APPM will continue to work with JOPDC in future to see that we
continue with this noble cause of eliminating malaria in Uganda.
Our wish is to save lives.
Written and submitted by,
Sebastian Waiswa,
Executive Director

Additional Information
50 Mosquito nets to Lira to be given to the girls attending the Asili Girls School in Lira.
Contact : Sister Evangelista via Helping Uganda Schools
50 Mosquito nets to Kampala via CEFOVID (Community Empowerment for Village Development Uganda).
email info@cefovid.org (Contact made via Primrose Magala). Their ‘aim is to contribute towards increased access to
comprehensive care and support for Orphans, Vulnerable families, and Children through the very basic self
sustaining solutions’. Ronald Kamoga will be distributing the nets “To families in Kosovo slum that have been
affected by malaria”.
Please see HUGS new website - www.helpingugandaschools.org for details about the charity.

Thursday, 10 October 2019


Getting ready for Christmas, Trustee Denise has been working with musicians and choir members in Marple to record a very nice piece of music. But the special thing about it is that there will be three choirs, separated by 4000 miles whose contribution will hopefully all be arranged to create great harmony.

And the aim is to have added video to go with it.  Here is the Lira choir rehearsing.

We will post it to this blog when it is finished.

And at the other side of Uganda we got a picture of one of our sponsored midwifery students who is on work experience with two of her friends

We sent a picture of what the new Nursery School for deaf children will look like. Here it is with the roof on.

Building to start soon.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The Nursery School for Deaf Children

After a lot of thought and the exchange of ideas we have now settled on the design for the St. Francis de Sales Nursery School for deaf children, near Jinja, Uganda.

It will focus on the early years help needed by these children and prepare them for mainstream schooling when they leave. Most of the children will be boarders because they are expected to come from homes quite some distance away. So there will be dormitories for boys and girls, matrons to look after the children and three classrooms with trained teachers. Sick rooms will be included.

The courtyard design gives increase security and a safe place for playtime. Covered walkways give access to toilets and a large hall for dining and for meetings of parents and members of the Jinja Organisation of Parents of Deaf Children (OPDC) who are our partners in the new project.

Kitchen space and accommodation for teaching staff to live on site will be in additional buildings on the site.

Parents will be doing work on the preparation of the site and possibly in helping with construction. More about this later.

The school will also provide office space for OPDC who currently work from a tiny and overcrowded office rented elsewhere.

HUGS has been extending scholarship help to children with disabilities in addition to work we have been doing for over 10 years with Good Shepherd School in Fort Portal. We have now awarded  22 scholarships through OPDC and most of these children have some form of disability. We have awarded 116 scholarships with 67 current ones.

So now we need to get prices for this work which we think will take about 2 years. Our fundraising is well advanced and we think we have enough to fund about half of the work at present.

Maybe you could help?

Perhaps with a donation to help with the building costs or sponsoring some children or a teacher?

HUGS takes none of your money for any form of overheads, administration or travel. It all goes to the projects.

Donating is easy. There is a link at the top left of this page. 

Monday, 19 August 2019

Our new school

Today we finalised the site plans for the new nursery school for deaf children in Jinja. It will have the objective of getting little children prepared for primary school and help them to manage their disability as well as possible. The evidence is that this sort of early years help can make a huge difference for children.

The members of the Jinja Organisation for Parents of Deaf Children are certainly not rich people. But like parents all over the world they really want to help their children. They will be doing much of the site preparation and other work during construction and we will post some pictures when the building work starts which will probably be in September.

A great donation from Tool Aid will help the parents in this work.

We have written before about the importance of mosquito nets and HUGS has funded the supply of these to our schools. But children still die of malaria.  Trustee Denise has just obtained a very generous donation which purchased nearly 500 nets for the children at Jinja.

But sometimes the well intentioned efforts of donors has a really perverse effect. Like the American celebrity who raised 1 million nets for the Central African republic. Fine while they lasted but all the local businesses making nets were put out of business.

And this story from Democratic Republic of Congo goes one step further .

Many lakeside villages in the mineral-rich province suffer from a high rate of malaria-induced child mortality. Sleeping inside these nets is the best way to avoid mosquito bites and malaria. But this laudable action created a human and ecological catastrophe.
An international medical NGO provided mosquito nets to a poor village in the Upemba region of Katanga.

As the mosquito nets were free and abundant, fisherman used them as fishing nets. Given their extremely fine mesh, not only were fish removed from the lake but all other forms of micro-fauna and micro-flora too. The lake gradually became covered with a black scum. Villagers lost their sources of livelihood and food supply.