How you make a difference and leave a legacy!

How you make a difference and leave a legacy!

There have been several scandals recently highlighting the dangers of poorly managed overseas aid work. From Oxfam – one of the world’s largest charities – being involved in misconduct, to the BBC recently reporting on the mismanagement of orphanages and foster homes in Uganda itself. Here at The Uganda Marathon, we’re incredibly proud of our approach to helping the communities we work with and support. Offering a hand up, not a hand out. We take our lead from the local communities we serve, not the other way round. And we’re extremely passionate about fighting poor practice – especially orphanages. There are a very few number of legitimate orphanages in Uganda. It is a sad fact that some unscrupulous people see children as a means of making money, rather than as incredible but vulnerable people who need fostering and rehabilitation back to their family to thrive. Orphanages are, sadly, big business – and many actively encourage mothers and guardians to place their children with them to increase foreign aid / donations.  Our community partnerships manager, Andy Bownds, shares his thoughts on how we discourage such behaviour below.   ” I am based in Masaka full time and work alongside 6 other full time Ugandan staff and a 4 strong Ugandan board. Who are dedicated not only to ensuring that you have the best possible visit to Uganda but also leave an incredible positive legacy! We do this through a strict application, monitoring and evaluation and accountability process. This is how it works: Application Process– All projects that are funded through the marathon go through this level of due diligence. They...
Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Time for something new! Every two weeks we’ll be bringing you an update into life in Uganda, from our team on the ground that not only organises the race, but supports and evaluates the charity work year round! – Written by Andy Bownds and the Uganda team If you are reading this you are a joining us on a journey as this is our first ever project focused blog. We are going to be taking you through the daily running of the Uganda Marathon Masaka office, and how we work throughout the year to ensure the Uganda Marathon projects are working towards sustainability. Today though I want to introduce you to our office and the epicenter of all our work. Based right in the next to Masaka Towns Taxi Park our office is in the hustle and bustle of the community. In and amongst shops, restaurants, saloons, internet cafes, phone repair outlets and copied movie stores the office seems to absorb this energy and have a constant buzz. With an open door policy we have constant stream of wide variety of guests from local officials like the Mayor of Masaka coming to tell us about events and developments taking place in town. To members of the deaf community helping us recycle plastic bottles. To the town’s loudest street preacher who comes for water to sooth his throat from our water filter. To project leads coming for specific training. It is for this reason that our office has become a real part of the community and everyone in Masaka knows where to find us and that they will always be...
The official Uganda Marathon – An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results!

The official Uganda Marathon – An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results!

The official Uganda Marathon - An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results! All the action from the week   On Saturday June 2nd, the starting gun for the 4th Uganda Marathon fired and 3,000 Ugandan and international runners took off for A Race Like No Other! For the international runners who came to Uganda to take part, the marathon was the finale of a week visiting the amazing projects that they have supported. In 2018, the event has raised an incredible $130,000 for organisations and NGOs across Masaka, still making it the biggest fundraising event in Uganda’s history. Here are the official Uganda Marathon 2018 Race Results. Think you can beat these times and do better? Come and take part and take on one of the toughest marathon courses in the World! Next year, it could be you on this list with your finishing time from A Race Like No Other! Discover more about signing up for the 2018 event...
Early bird nearly over – Glamping spots over half gone!

Early bird nearly over – Glamping spots over half gone!

That’s the view from one side of the Athlete’s Village, overlooking the green rolling hills of rural Uganda. Places are going quickly – our Early Bird prices expire on 12th January, so tick off your new year’s resolution and sign up before that date to ensure you don’t pay more than you have too. Also, if you want a glamping spot – meaning we’ll set you up a mattress, pillow and sheets in a large canvas safari tent with some other home comforts – then get in quick! Unsurprisingly this is by far our most popular option, and more than half the spaces have been snapped up already. See you in...
With great sadness, we are postponing the 2020 Uganda Marathon to May 2021.Read our full update here
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