Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
We would like to tell you a story of how one man can make such a difference to the lives of some of the poorest people living in Uganda.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Every time a supporter of Helping Uganda Schools makes a donation they can be sure their support helps the lives of people who are constrained by lack of opportunity, poverty or oppression. In a complicated world, where it is hard to know how best to respond to global challenges and gross inequality, HUGS provides a direct connection between those who have, and those that have not. 100% of donor’s money is spent on projects to improve the lives of others and none is spent on administration.
Here are pictures which show, some of the ways you have helped HUGS to make a difference over the last year through these direct connections.
If you have any friends, colleagues, or relatives who you think would like to support us, please forward this message and ask them to consider making a donation.
New bed frames for the Girls dormitory at Little Shepherd School. Girls education is improved with residential facilities, restful safe sleep and ability to study by electric light.
The pre-school children at Little Shepherd School queue for lunch whilst their headmaster, Felix, celebrates the birth of his son. HUGS sponsored Felix's higher education.
Helping people with disability. Yayeeri, a student without sight, graduates as a social worker, sponsored by HUGS donations. Meanwhile the bullocks at Good Shepherd Special Needs School, fatten ready for market. A HUGS funded income generation project.
Sunday, 4 April 2021
In this update we bring you the good news that Ugandan children are returning to school, and report on how HUGs is helping them catch up.
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Books and Bullocks
In this update, we share a story about the Bullock Farm at Good Shepherd Special Needs School and invite you to celebrate World Book Day with HUGS.
World Book Day, Thursday 4th of March, is when we celebrate the immense power of books to entertain, inform and change the world. Books are places where children’s ideas are born and nurtured, and ideas drive development. Helping Uganda Schools gives opportunity for impoverished children to not only learn the skills to access other people’s ideas, but the ability to follow through on their own.
When HUGS Trustees last visited Uganda we had the privilege of talking to students who have been helped by your generous support. They were full of ideas.
Books are in short supply in Uganda. HUGS organised for a truck of books to be delivered to the Asili Girls School 5 years ago, and they are still inspiring the children to this day. We’d like to do more. We are talking to another UK charity which delivers large numbers of used books to Ugandan schools. Books which we would otherwise throw away. (The UK discards approximately 30 million books a year).
Can you help us celebrate World Book Day and raise funds for this project?
Please consider giving a book to a friend, neighbour or colleague, with our HUGS World Book Day card inside, inviting them to donate to HUGS. Down Load HERE
You can turn your unwanted books into a donation. This link HERE takes you to a book collection company who will donate money to HUGS. If you want to ‘declutter’ in lockdown and don’t know what to do with your unwanted books, please use this service.
Finally, please share our 'School Books and Equipment' appeal page, (follow this LINK) so others may make a donation.
Bullocks at School
Good Shepherd Special Needs School, in Fort Portal this week welcomed nine new residents. Young bullocks. Thanks to generous donations, HUGS has funded the development of a small farm where bullocks are ‘brought on’ to increase their value for market. The farm is owned and managed by Good Shepherd School and all profits will be used for the benefit of students. HUGS always tries to help schools become financially independent and reduce dependency on donations. This is key to fostering independent decision making and ensuring organisational confidence. Thank you for everyone’s support.
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
Monday, 28 December 2020
Sharing out the HUGS
- Welcoming full classrooms back in February. Some children have effectively missed a year of education and we fear many girls will not return.
- Sponsoring a new cohort of children from the KosOvo slum area of Kampala. This is a new project.
- Providing teaching equipment, for St Francis de Sales School
- Kitting out the new dormitory for Little Shepherd School
- Maintaining our commitment to our current sponsored students
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Hello from the HUGS team, we hope each and every one of our supporters is well and safe during these difficult times.
In this months' Blog we bring you news about three amazing women HUGS have supported through their education and tell you about our Christmas Schools Equipment Appeal (see link below)
Education in Uganda has been suspended for 6 months because of the pandemic, and only recently were final year 'candidate' classes allowed to return to school. Children in Primary 7 classes, and those studying O' and A' levels will soon be taking their exams, whilst other children remain at home, with little hope of home tuition. This will affect girls more than boys. Their comparative poor social standing is likely to mean Uganda will see more girls drop out of school, be married before the age of 16 or be pregnant when still children themselves. With this in mind, this picture offers hope. Here are the O' Level students from the Asili Girls School in Lira, using their brand new Chemistry equipment, which HUGS funded, for the first time in preparation for their exams. Qualifications in Science, allow girls access to many jobs and facilitate independent living.
Three amazing Women
It gives us great pleasure to inform HUGS supporters that Faith Nakinga has completed Medical School and is soon to be Dr Nakinga. Bridget Katusabe has qualified as a midwife and Dr Grace Nannyondo, has passed her Specialist training and is now a consultant in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Despite the upheaval of this last year, these woman have not let the pandemic stop them from achieving their goals. All have described future aspirations to be working with marginalised, poor people and aim to make a difference to the lives of others. Bridget says she is 'excited to send HUGS a picture of the first baby she delivers as a fully qualified midwife.'
HUGS Christmas Schools Equipment Appeal
As you will be aware, we are nearing the completion of our 7th school, St Francis de Sales School in Jinja. We want to help provide teaching equipment.
Our Christmas Appeal is to help us raise £4000 for desks, chairs, books, pens, art equipment and for the poorest children, socks, shoes and a school bag. We are trying a new form of fund raising. The HUGS Christmas Craft Auction. This is online between Friday 27th of November and Sunday 6th of December. Local Artists have kindly donated beautiful gifts (ceramics, paintings, embroidery, chocolate and more) which would make ideal presents. Please take a look and please place a bid.
You can view the auction here HUGSChistmasAuction and start to place bids from next Friday.
There is an opportunity to donate directly towards this fund:
Please share this link with friends and family. If you use social media then please tweet, share, blog and poke.
Many thanks for all your continued support
The HUGS Trustees
Sunday, 25 October 2020
Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Charity trustees have been busy ensuring the funds we receive make a real difference to vulnerable children.
Sunday, 4 October 2020
The Big Uganda Cycle Ride has been an enormous success. Our Target was to cycle 6480 miles (From Manchester to Kampala.. virtually) and raise £20,000. Instead, fuelled by our amazing team of 'over-achievers' we travelled 11,000 miles and raised £33,000.
There is still time to donate if you'd like to help, as this campaign will run until December.
The money raised is to be spent on our new Special Needs School, 'St Francis de Sale'. The school will primarily be for children with hearing and sight problems, but also those with associated disabilities. The school is well under construction, and this week, the roof was completed.
The school is a quadrangle design. It's all on one level and safe. The initial build is for children who are starting school, many of whom may be above normal nursery age (as many children with disabilities are never enrolled in schools). Over the next few years we will be adding a kitchen, classes for older children and teacher accommodation.
This is an exciting new project, and one which will be a joy to assist over the next few years.
We are working closely with an NGO called the Jinja Organisation of Parents of Disabled Children. They will own the school, and ensure its self sufficiency (something we insist on, for all our projects). So far their management of the project has been excellent. They are committed, aware of costs and creative.
This is going to be an amazing school.
Here is a short video, giving thanks to everyone who has helped us on this amazing journey.
THE BIG UGANDA CYCLE RIDE FINISHING LINE
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
With nearly 50 cyclists from many countries taking part, the big ride has now done over 7000 miles and has reached Kenya. Over 7000 miles covered.
And we have reached our target of £20,000 but with 8 days to go we naturally raised the bar and are going for £30,000. That would be something.
Let's show some places we visited after leaving Nigeria.
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
The BigUgandaCycleRide now has nearly 50 riders and we have travelled through Europe, North Africa. Niger and made a detour to virtually visit the parents of cycling pharmacist, Jimi, who works in Stalybridge. They live in Ife, Nigeria.
5000 miles cycled and to date £14,000 raised. We have Yellow Jerseys for the most miles cycled each week, Green Jerseys for the greatest height climbed and ever day a Red Jersey for the best fundraiser each day.
Here are just a few of the places we have been.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Sunday, 6 September 2020
September 1st to 5th, our first 5 days of the ride and we have 50 cyclists signed up. From all over the world too.
We travelled through London, Paris, Limoges and Lourdes
After 5 days we have travelled 2300 miles and are in Algeria already.