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School Closures in Uganda

June 2020

The COVID pandemic lockdown is continuing in Uganda and all schools and colleges remain closed.  We became aware that the teachers at Mgahinga Community Junior School had been laid off without pay, and without access to any form of social security support. The SEDCU trustees decided to send funds to the Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO) to support the teachers and they are now receiving 50% of their salaries and have met either at the school, or by phone, to plan for the day when it might reopen.  We were also told about a plan for the group who produce sanitary products in the community to produce face coverings  at the school for the community, and we decided to pay for the materials needed to get this work underway- here they are with some of the results in front of the school. 

In a separate initiative, MCDO have launched an appeal for money to help feed the community members who have lost their ability to earn income due to the lockdown restrictions.

School Closures in Uganda

April 2020

We have been informed by contacts in Uganda that all schools, colleges and universities in Uganda have been closed as one of many measures designed to prevent a corona virus epidemic.  The President of Uganda announced this decision on March 20th and the closure was for 30 days in the first instance, but one can speculate that it may well be extended. Airports and borders were closed with immediate effect. Subsequent announcements have included all forms of transport within the country being banned except for the most exceptional circumstances, and a night- time curfew. With almost all SEDCU sponsored children being boarders, the closures have meant that with no notice, transport has had to be organised for all children to return to their homes or to homes of family members as appropriate, in some cases involving long journeys.

 

We have no more information than this.  We can only hope that they and their teachers will all be safe, and that this will be helped by the remote location of their homes.  However, with lack of sanitation and clean water in so many areas the prospects for the Ugandan population, as a whole, could be dire.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students prepared to leave their College for the journey back to Kisoro District.

 

Annual Report 2019

March 2020

The SEDCU trustees are pleased to report another successful year for the charity. Our seventh Annual Report and Accounts - for 2019 - have now been published on this website.  This has been a year of consolidation and growth as the charity has broadened its supporter base and been able to increase the funds sent to the schools and children supported in Uganda.  Our income increased to £30,806 and payments made to schools in Uganda increased to £28,447. Of our total expenditure, 63.1% went on sponsorship of the 30 children we support, 35.1% was used to fund various projects at the schools, and just 1.8% was spent on administration.

New dining room and kitchen at MCJS

November 2019

Following an initial donation by SEDCU, Mgahinga Community Junior School started digging foundations for the new Dining Room and Kitchen in December 2018. A second donation in March 2019 proved to be sufficient to complete the construction of the walls for the whole building.  A Swedish charity has funded the roof which was completed in November.

Work is now underway on finishing the internal building work and fitting out. Thanks go to all our donors who made this possible including the team who did the Leap for Lunch, Welshpool and District Rotary Club and School Places.

Successful Visit by SEDCU Trustees

October 2019

Four of SEDCU’s trustees spent a very rewarding time in Uganda in October, travelling (as always) at their own expense. They visited every school and college which is attended by SEDCU sponsored children.  They were delighted to meet all 30 children and to receive first-hand reports on their progress from their teachers.  They also visited some homes and met other parents at school.  The trustees were also very impressed by the achievements of the current and completed projects.  Wherever they went, they were struck by the positive attitude of the children and the dedication and commitment of staff and others supporting SEDCU’s endeavors.

Scouts win again!

September 2019

In the summer of 2019 KDS Scouts once again triumphed at the Ugandan National Jamboree, following on from their successes in previous years. This sends a message that “disability is not inability.!

Paralympic Sporting Successes

August 2019

In August 2019, a team from Kisoro Demonstration School funded by SEDCU competed in the Paralympic Gala Sports event in Mpigi District.  They came first amongst primary schools competing in classes for the visually impaired and deaf children. Another fantastic achievement!

In  September 2019 a team from Hornby High School Kabale, including a blind girl sponsored through SEDCU, were funded by SEDCU to compete in Paralympic trials also held in Mpigi.   These trials were part of a process to select children to eventually compete in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.  The Hornby team came 3rd overall, and 10 of the children have been selected for the next stage of trials which will be held in Morocco – and will be Government funded.

SEDCU trustee competing in 70.3 mile triathlon!!

August 2019

Trustee Kate Coulson participated in a 70.3 mile triathlon on 4th August 2019 to raise funds for SEDCU's Bursary Fund. She exceeded her target of raising £1000 for the Fund. If you would like to support her and SEDCU it is not too late, please click on the link below.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katecoulson70-3

SEDCU Annual Report 2018

March 2019

SEDCU reports on another successful year.  2018 was a year of consolidation and continued growth as the charity has broadened its supporter base, become more established and maintained its level of activity in Uganda. Thanks to the generosity of supporters donations increased by 13% compared to 2017.  Full information is in the Annual Report on this website.

Work starts on new dining room and kitchen at MCJS

March 2019

Following an initial donation by SEDCU, Mgahinga Community Junior School started digging foundations for the new Dining Room and Kitchen in December 2018. A second donation in March 2019 should be sufficient to complete the construction of the walls for the whole building.

Current look from the side of the Kitchen (south wing)

Thanks go to all our donors who made this possible including the team who did the Leap for Lunch, Welshpool and District Rotary Club and School Places.

Children striving onwards and upwards

February 2019

When the 2019 academic year starts in February, SEDCU will be sponsoring pupils in 7 different schools or colleges. 4 children are in Nursery, 18 are in Primary Schools, 6 in Secondary Schools, 1 in Vocational College and 1 in University. We should all take pride in their achievements!

MCJS New Classroom Block Completed

February 2018

Mgahinga Nursery and Primary School was in desperate need of improved classroom accommodation.  A new piece of land has been purchased and on April 5th 2016 the building work got underway with members of the community transporting rocks to create the foundations. SEDCU undertook to raise the majority of the funds for the roof, which was fully installed by October 2017.  The rest of the building work was duly completed by February 2018 in time for the start of the new school year.

Funds raised for new large water tank

December 2017

There is no water supply at Mgahinga Community Nursery and Primary School, which is in a remote area of south western Uganda on the borders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

The staff and children have to rely on rainwater collected by guttering from the rooves of the school buildings. As the school grows they are in desperate need of a new larger water tank to provide safe water for drinking, cooking and sanitation. This will mean that more children can gain the life changing opportunity of an education.

 

Kate and Lee ran the London Marathon in April 2017 and raised an amazing sum of money.  Combined with a major donation by Welshpool and District Rotary Club this has enabled MCDO to press ahead with construction of a 20,000 litre tank'. 

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