The 2016/2017 Charity ProjectsThese are the amazing projects that runners can support this year. Each one is locally organized and community-owned. You can help these people directly - and then meet them and see the impact you've had!
These are the communities and people you will be helping in Uganda
We are committed to ensure that your projects support the UN’s Global Goals and that 100% of all donations go directly to the local community and beneficiaries, find out what this means.
The Suubi Centre is an amazing facility that caters for a huge range of needs within the Lubanda Village and also a wide surrounding area. There is a medical clinic that specialises in its maternity ward, a vocational school with equipment and also a model farm.
All this is managed by trained, dedicated staff, but the expansion has left a real struggle in ensuring secure wages for the dedicated team. 2016 runners can raise money to fund a goat farm that will generate income to pay for the amazing staff at the Suubi Centre.
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Women’s Soroptimists Masaka
The Women’s Soroptimists Masaka is part of a global family of Women’s Soroptimists groups that improve the lives of vulnerable women in their communities, in Masaka they have a passion for sustainably supporting their sister’s in Masaka Women’s prison.
The group have historically donated sanitary pads and nappies to keep a basic hygiene and dignity for their sisters caught in prison. The 2016 runners will help the group set up a manufacturing process for these products to drastically cut costs and even provide an income by selling excess items.
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Knowledge for Children
Schools in Uganda are typically under equipped with only one form of teaching to fit all, class repetition. Knowledge for Children is an NGO working in Uganda to improve eduction by supplying exercise books, training and increasing literacy.
In 2015 through the incredible book program, runners improved the education of 1,240 children forever! This was an amazing achievement and we want to do this again. You will be fundraising for another 3 schools for this program to provide with a better education for a better life.
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CHEDRA & THE BUGABIRA SCHOOL
The Bugabira Primary School is an amazing facility that offers heavily subsidised education for disadvantaged children, who would not be able to afford schooling otherwise – there is no institution for free education in Uganda.
The 2015 runners funded a chicken coup to give the school an income, renovated the broken solar system and built a new fuel saving kitchen. There is still, however, more work to be done! You will continue to support this amazing school and the 300+ students by improving their classroom facilities, creating a better learning environment for the kids and making sure the school is sustained for many years to come.
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Support for the Elderly Person
Elderly folk are one of the groups in greatest need in Uganda. There is no welfare or support structure for them, many have lost their entire families through HIV/AIDS and charity funding is concentrated on more ‘photogenic’ children’s causes. This means that they are often left to fend on their own.
In 2015 the runners funded a piggery structure and 2 pigs (now giving birth to 18 pigglets) that is now helping to support an entire community. This was such a successful program that the elders have asked us to replicate this with another community. You will be providing funds for a sustainable source of income for a whole new community of elderly Africans.
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Action for Integrated Community Development
AICOD is a unique organisation that focuses on community based support to help families with mentally and physically disabled youth. They show these families that they are not alone in their challenges and train them on how to care for people with disability.
The 2016 runners will support AICOD by increasing their reach and provide a clearer structure to the program. A more specialised 4x4 is required to reach families throughout the year and to make sure that all kinds of disabled members can reach the homes where the training takes place. You will help families learn to care better for disabled family members, giving them a better quality of life.
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Youth with a Vision
There are many ways children can be disadvantaged in Uganda. Absent, deceased or neglectful parents can lead to children falling into a cycle of abuse. Youth with a Vision places these children with loving foster homes, and help these families support those in their care. However, before the 2015 runners, this support ceased once the child reached maturity.
You will be carrying on the great work started by the UGM Youth Finance Scheme. So far this has seen 11 young people complete 3 month apprenticeships in relevant local businesses in Masaka, learning about marketing & business strategy. We are looking to continue this and also start a micro-finance scheme that will invest in some of the students, giving them a kickstart with their business – with dividends continuing the program.
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Secondary education is not subsidised at all in Uganda. This leaves millions of children having to make the very adult decision of leaving school to support their families at the age of 13. Treasureland is a high school teaching 50 children between 13-20yo. It focuses on supplying a quality education to vulnerable children and young people.
In 2015, the runners supported the school by building a well and water pump system, this meant the kids no longer needed to walk 5km each day to fetch water and have a sustainable supply within their grounds. This great work needs to continue and in 2016 the runners will be funding a brand new solar system, along with improvements to teaching facilities, such as adding blackboards to the classrooms.
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East African Playgrounds
With 44.3% of the population of East Africa under the age of 14, a lack of child-friendly places to play and an incredibly high level of youth unemployment across the East Africa; investment in child development is now more vital than ever. East African Playgrounds build child-centered, creative, inclusive, safe and fun playgrounds that maximise the benefits children are able to gain from play. They have built over 100 playgrounds, which will have over 145,000 children using them during their life cycle. The playgrounds have had a huge impact on the children who use them and at the schools and in the Refugee camps where they are built.
Child Restoration Outreach
CRO is an organisation that supports local street children from within Masaka to gain formal and vocational education, counselling, enjoy play and get medical assistance all whilst having the overall goal of reintegration back into their families. They do this through a high-intensity support system from a qualified team of social workers, who work with the kids who have been resettled into their families.
The 2016 will be raising funds to help the centre become more self-sustainable by creating cheaper, long-term sources for expensive utilities, such as water and electricity. You will be providing water harvesting and solar to the centre to make sure that the hygiene and power needs of the children are being met.
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Kitovu Mobile aims to create an empowered community with the ability to cope with HIV/AIDS and its impact. To improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV and AIDS, Kitovu Mobile works with communities in the areas of prevention, care support and capacity building. One of their key areas of support is teaching communities how to farm the land better, so that they can support themselves better.
In 2015, the runners supported Kitovu with a cow structure for their demonstration farms. This was such a success for rural farmers that we want to continue building dairy cow structures for communities so that they are able to sustainably support themselves for the future.