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