OUR STORY

SEDCU’s founders are Jan (Janet) and Ben (Bernard) Herdan - a retired teacher and a semi-retired public sector leader who are also parents and grandparents and who love to explore the world. In 2011 they visited Uganda for the first time and were given a warm welcome by people they met. They visited a number of schools in the South West of the country and saw at first hand the challenges of educating children in rudimentary facilities and with tight budgets. The financial burden parents faced to educate their children was very apparent. So often children are withdrawn from school to work at home, for financial gain, and lose the opportunity to pursue secondary or tertiary education. Jan and Ben were so inspired by the people they met, and by their commitment to the education of their children, that they came home determined to do something to help.  They recognised that they were in a position to provide some support to enable a few disadvantaged children to attend school and realise their potential. Jan and Ben began on a purely personal basis to support some of the children they had met, and in conversations with friends, family and colleagues they found that others would be interested in getting involved. After returning to revisit the schools in 2013 they decided to put things on a stronger footing and established this charity. Jan and Ben visited the schools and children again in 2015 and 2017. This has confirmed and reinforced their commitment and they are working closely with schools and communities to achieve the charity's objectives.

COLLABORATION

SEDCU is a small charity but we are not alone. There are many individuals, charities and schools from the developed world working to similar ends, through funding new buildings, providing basic facilities like water or sanitation, or supporting individual children. The charities Sustain for Life, School Places and Kisoro Trust have been particularly active in the schools where we are working during the last few years. Within the area of Uganda where our chosen schools are located, we communicate with people and charities with similar aims to ourselves and take care to ensure our input is complementary to theirs. We are building strong relationships with local community leaders in Mgahinga and Kisoro and see ourselves as their partners. We have also spoken with young people who have benefited from similar opportunities and they are now in professions working to improve the conditions of their fellow Ugandans and to promote their homeland and some are sponsoring children themselves.

TRUSTEES

Dr Bernard ‘Ben’ Herdan CB has had a varied career, initially including a period at the European Space Agency as a spacecraft programme manager.  He returned to the UK and worked for some years in the private sector before embarking on a career in the public sector where he led a number of different Government Agencies.  He is now semi retired and has a portfolio of public and charity sector roles. In his spare time Ben enjoys walking, horse riding, travel and theatre.  Ben is Chairman of SEDCU

Janet 'Jan' Herdan

Janet ‘Jan’ Herdan is a retired primary school teacher who taught in the public and private sectors and in The Netherlands as well as the UK. She more recently sat on educational appeal panels, was a churchwarden and a parish councillor. Jan is a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoys reading, gardening, travelling, theatre and the arts. She is the SEDCU Board Secretary.

Charlotte McGivney

Charlotte McGivney is an equine veterinary surgeon and researcher with knowledge and experience of NGO projects in Africa.

Rebecca Lynch

Becky is a mother to two wonderful children and wife to an amazing husband.  Becky works within the childcare sector specalising within recruitment and compliance. 

Becky is proud to be a trustee of SEDCU and to be part of making a difference to the lives of others.  Becky manages the website and fund raises for SEDCU. 

Kate Coulson

Kate is a working mum of 2 beautiful girls. Her ‘day job’ is within the HR field; currently within the Construction industry but previously within the early years and adult care sectors. 

Kate is very passionate about giving individuals opportunities in life and she values that each and every one of us is unique. Kate is proud to support SEDCU to give opportunities to children and families in Uganda. 

Dr Bernard 'Ben' Herdan CB

GOVERNANCE

SEDCU is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales; our registration number is 1161405.  We are also registered with HMRC to recover Gift Aid.  We hold regular Board meetings and track our progress against our annual business plan.  We publish our Annual Report on our website and file our Annual Accounts with the Charity Commission.

SAFEGUARDING

As a charity regulated by the Charity Commission, the formal position is that SEDCU funds overseas partners who provide education and support to disadvantaged children, (‘ SEDCU beneficiaries’) who are defined to be a vulnerable group.  Accordingly, SEDCU has a legal duty of care and must take the necessary steps to verify that partner organisations are safeguarding children in their care and who could possibly be at risk of harm.  SEDCU has prepared a policy document which sets out how SEDCU discharges this legal obligation. This has been shared with the schools with which we work, and they have provided the relevant assurances.  Follow the link if you wish to read the Safeguarding Policy document.

NEWSLETTERS

December 2018, Issue 10

July 2018, Issue 9

December 2017, Issue 8

June 2017, Issue 7

December 2016, Issue 6

July 2016, Issue 5

December 2015, Issue 4

July 2015, Issue 3

ANNUAL REPORTS

SEDCU Annual Report 2018

SEDCU Annual Report 2017

SEDCU Accounts 2017

SEDCU Annual Report 2016

SEDCU Accounts 2016

SEDCU Annual Report 2015

SEDCU Accounts 2015

SEDCU Annual Report 2013/2014

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