It has been almost a year since schools in Uganda closed. Only children taking their end of Primary or O and A level exams have been allowed to return. Out of the 57 children HUGS sponsors 18 are now in class. All are doing well, and we predict 9 will complete primary school, 7 will take their O level and 3 A level exams.
However, we have grave concerns regarding the remaining 39. Our children are sponsored because their access to education is restricted due to poverty or disability. We do not know how many will be able to return. Working with our amazing schools and hard-working Trusted Representatives we are making plans to ensure everything is ready when the school doors reopen. HUGS has been asked to provide new educational equipment. Can you help? Carmel and Bob (two of the HUGS Trustees) are raising funds using a scheme that welcomes your participation. Run/walk 5K, Pay £5, Nominate 5. Its motivating and gives purpose… two things we all need during our current lockdown.
This video explains more. Please help.
To contribute to this fund, follow this LINK
We are pleased to inform you two construction projects are close to completion. The Dormitory at Little Shepherd School and St Francis de Sales School are looking great. Both projects have been funded through generous donations. Thank you. We partnered with a charity ‘Wilmslow Wells for Africa’ to build a colossal rainwater catchment system at St Francis de Sales School. The pictures below show the 4.5m cube tank, dug amazingly by hand.
We are also partnering with ‘Bury Africa Outreach’ and ‘Friends of Two Tone’ on a new education project; to help children from the KosOvo slums in Kampala go to school for the first time. Children in slums face some of the most unsurmountable barriers to education, and experience violence, hunger and marginalisation on a daily basis. The three charities have agreed to fund 30 children to attend school for the next 5 years including one free meal a day. Ronald Kamoga from CEFOVID, the charity we are working alongside in KosOvo, tells us the first task is to buy socks and shoes for the children.
And finally, some good news. Three of our sponsored university students have gained professional qualifications. Faith Nankinga is now a doctor, Bridget Katusable is a midwife and Bazira Yayeeri is a Social Worker. They send their gratitude to every HUGS supporter.