The 2018/19 Charity ProjectsHere are the amazing projects that you can support this year through the Uganda Marathon. Each one is locally organized and community-owned. You can help these people directly - and then meet them in person to see the legacy that you've created!
Here are the 15 projects that you can support by participating in the 2018 & 2019 Uganda Marathon events:
Many of these projects are now fully funded, through the amazing efforts of the 2018 runners and participants. Thank you, you’re all legends! We’re currently working with the local community to continually announce and add new projects that are in need of your support. You’ll get to meet and work with these people in Summer of 2019, understand their struggles and hopes – and contribute to the success of their programmes.
Regina and Tony, the founders of Lwannunda Childcare foundation. Standing in front of the first classroom together with a pupil.
Children in one of the classes, studying at the age of 4.
The St Antony Lwannunda Nursery sits at the core of this project. The founders created the nursery after witnessing how poorly prepared some students were, as they started primary school, causing them to regularly repeat years. The school provides all-round support for both the student and the family, aiming to set the child up for a proper education. What makes this school special is its programs that help extremely poor, where often the child is the first generation to receive an education. They offer skills trade and many cases where they fully sponsor students. They have an incredible rule where, if students lose their parents or guardian, they are able to attend their remaining years for free!
Goal 1: To increase the number of nursery pupils by 13% and allow the school to sustainably continue to support 16 students who are fully sponsored by the school and increase this figure to 18 by the end of 2019
Goal 2: Increase number of youth who undergo agriculture training by 89% and those who actively undertake agricultural practices after training from 15 to 176 by the end of 2019.
Goal 3: Increase the number of students learning crafts to help pay for school fees by 60% by the end of 2019
The rabbit farm, from which an extra income is earned to support more orphaned and vulnerable children
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Ssunga Health Centre
Uganda is a very rural country with the vast majority of the population working as farmers. This makes public health a very tough model to implement, with communities stretched out across a very bad road network. Because of this struggling healthcare system, currently 1 in 20 infants born in Uganda die before their first birthday. Ssunga Health Centre is fighting this high infant mortality, along with many other medical needs, in a rural community of over 5,200 people. The centre is always full of energy with patients singing praises of the Sisters who work there.
Goal 1: For 1,400 pregnant mothers aged between 19 and 45 years of age to gain access to accurate antenatal care during pregnancy and birth.
Mother in postnatal unit after delivery
General ward for females
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Villa Maria Hospital
Villa Maria Hospital female ward
The proposed site for the construction of the neonatal ward.
Villa Maria hospital is an incredible non-profit organisation that has a big heart to serve the community. The hospital has been running since 1902 and has become a stalwart for medical services for the whole of the Kalungu sub-county within Greater Masaka, with 20,000+ patients receiving care in 2016. Since its creation, it has seen a steady growth and now caters for a wide range of quality medical care ranging from a home care program to a School for Nursing and Midwifery.
Goal 1: See 500 premature babies and other medical conditions receive efficient lifesaving care by the end of 2019
Mothers training on pediatric hygiene
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The focus of Uganda Empowers is “To build a community where people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS can have a positive dream about the future”. What makes this organisation stand out, is their approach to how they tackle this endemic problem in a sustainable way. Uganda empowers created a community solar business, of which 30% of all profits goes into school fees, creating savings groups, drama clubs, training and HIV psychosocial support for families who suffer from being HIV positive. Currently this program sees 500 families benefit by buying their affordable energy, which in turn sees 34 families supported and 200 students a month sensitised about stigma and HIV prevention
Goal 1: See 225 households install affordable solar energy and 6 youths gain employment through Solar Nature by the end of 2019.
Goal 2: Sustainably provide £300 a month to support HIV/AIDS affected households to boost their savings group and work towards their family’s future sustainability.
Uganda Empowers sponsored child getting measured for her school uniform
HIV Awareness through drama
These photos show the various activities done by Uganda Empowers, ranging from tree planting, HIV testing, solar donations and school sponsorship
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Kwewaayo Farmers Group
Training on bee keeping
Bees are arguably the most vital piece of the puzzle in the world’s eco-system, as some studies state they are responsible directly or indirectly for 90% of humanity’s food supply through their pollinating. But due to destruction of their natural habitat, bees are in rapid decline. This collective of farmers focus on developing the business of bee keeping in Greater Masaka. They are doing this through promoting bee keeping as a viable business and planting flowering plants to act as good source of food for the bees. By training, creating market and demonstrating a variety of products, the group are creating sustainable farming communities.
Goal 1: 120 bee keepers trained and capacitated on how to add value to their bee hive products.
Goal 2: Establish a community training centre for bee keeping where 500 farmers will be trained every year.
Painting, installing and harvesting bee hives
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YUTS with Attitude
Youth is defined as anyone between the ages of 16-30 years of age in Uganda and this group has the highest unemployment rate of all age groups. Youth with Attitude (YUTs) is providing a new outlet to
gain employment through performing arts. Using dance, art, drama, music, singing and applied theatre the group attract disengaged youth and turn them into professional performers through specialised coaching. When they are skilled enough, they form groups that use the YUTs network get hired as entertainers at functions. Due to the popular mediums that they use, YUTs have been extremely successful in reaching marginalised groups of youths that others find difficult to connect with.
Goal 1: To train 400 youths by the end of 2019 in their chosen art form.
Goal 2: To help their beneficiary group earn the national average daily wage per performer over 4 performances a week
YUTS Dance Group
YUTS finalists showing off the trophy after a dance competition
Young people learning the ropes at a dance studio lesson
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Pupils weeding their food forest hub. This permaculture was trained by SCOPE.
The head teacher of Butaaya Primary School mulching a fruit tree
Land is extremely difficult to manage in Uganda. With such a rich climate, often the problem is not how to get things to grow but how to stop things from growing. SCOPE aims to expand the minds of communities by demonstrating to them that any land can be utilised to generate income and provide food alternatives. Currently working in 14 schools as a way of exposing the community to best practices, they have huge beneficiary reach as all students and teachers gain feed supplements, training and income. So far 2,054 individuals have been positively impacted by SCOPE’s work and they have turned previously desolate land into blooming fruit and vegetable gardens. To ensure they have the biggest impact, they target schools from which 55% or more of the students don’t have access to school lunches. These students are then the first to benefit!
Goal 1: To transform 3 school’s redundant land into thriving farms.
Goal 2: To have 220 students gain access to school lunches every term across 3 schools by the end of 2019.
Happy pupils at Butaaya Primary School
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Rural Community Initiative for Development (RUCID)
The unemployment rate amongst young people in Uganda is high, particularly in rural areas. RUCID combats this by working with driven, but unemployed youth, providing them with skills, empowerment and start-up capital for them to stand on their own. Despite this organisation being forced to operate with a limited budget, they’ve worked with 24 youth groups and helped 10 youth gain employment after completing apprenticeships. 6 young women and 4 young men can now thank RUCID for their new life, but this is a small percentage of the 424 youths that they work with. They’ve got the model and so have some big plans to grow!
Goal 1: Improve income generating opportunities for the 424 youth who RUCID work with.
Goal 2: To see a 200% increase in the number of youth being supported through apprenticeships and acquiring work after completion by the end of 2019.
RUCID pig sty and pigs. The sty was constructed by the 2017 Uganda Marathon runners.
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CHEDRA has been a part of the Uganda Marathon from the very beginning and it does incredible work with its vision “To see a prosperous and healthy community in Southern Uganda”. With a focus on HIV prevention, CHEDRA looks at elements that affect those infected and affected by HIV. A major issue that falls under this category is children forced to drop out of school and high unemployment rates. Children who have had to drop out of school are far more vulnerable to young pregnancy, child marriage and contracting STI’s. That’s why CHEDRA are looking to create a sustainable income generator that will give opportunities to vulnerable youth community members.
Goal 1: To support 50 girls to re-enter the educational system and gain vocational skills by the end of 2019
Goal 2: Provide free ITC and computer training to 350 vulnerable youth, of which 60% are school dropouts or at high risk of dropping out.
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Women’s Soroptimists Masaka
Women’s rights have only recently started being truly recognised in Uganda and it is taking time for both women and men to understand what that means. Women’s Soroptimists Masaka is a group of professional women who have come together to combine their skills and knowledge to empower vulnerable women from disadvantaged backgrounds in their community. Some of the groups that this amazing organisation work with include women caught in the Ugandan prison system, female child-headed families and teenage girls who are at risk of underage pregnancy, rape and forced marriage. They help these groups through counselling, financial support, skills training and also through women’s hygiene via sanitary pad donations.
Goal 1: To create a Women’s Soroptimists centre and half way house that will help 100 women a year, in their transition out of prison.
Goal 2: To provide extra curriculum training for school drop-outs, teaching them vocational and life skills.
The Women’s Soroptimists group Masaka
Uganda Marathon Runners in 2016, producing feminine hygiene products for women in prison
Shadia from Women’s Soroptimists, talking about the 2016 Uganda Marathon goals
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Human Rights Defenders Masaka (HURIDEM)
Runners from the 2017 Uganda Marathon renovating a chicken coop for a source of income
Day old chicks in an up-cycled plastic brooder
HURIDEM is a local charity that seeks to work alongside people in the Masaka area whose human rights are at risk of being impinged. From its humble office, where human rights violations are reported to, they receive on average 2 cases every day that include anything from rape to land grabbing. The head of the organisation, Shifa, has demanded huge local respect through her non-corruptible, fierce tenacity towards removing injustice from the community. With so many cases being reported, the outreach work of HURIDEM is becoming vitally important. Gaining statements and evidence, the HURIDEM counteract the inadequate police service by building cases for the vulnerable victims. Helping them to receive justice.
Goal 1: To create a first response service that will see 15 victims of rape per year, gain appropriate legal and emotional support.
Goal 2: To enable 4 HURIDEM volunteers to gain access to paid work by the end of 2019.
The front office of the HURIDEM office
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House of Love and Hope for Uganda
As of May 2016, 8 out of 10 children who attended school in Ssaza (just outside Masaka) did not eat school lunches. Malnutrition affects children’s health, physical development and ability to learn. House of Love & Hope for Uganda is a community organisation who assist women and children experiencing poverty and/or living with HIV/AIDS. A main focus of their work is to enable children to maximise their educational opportunities, they work with schools in Masaka and the surrounding villages to prevent malnutrition and make sure that no child goes hungry by providing free school meals.
Goal 1: For 95 children aged between 4-16 years to gain access to school lunches by the end of 2019
Students receiving scholastic materials
Uganda Marathon Runners in 2017, meeting the children of St Joseph Primary School
St Joseph Students celebrating the construction of the new water well, funded by 2017 runners
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The Bugabira Primary School
School children playing on the playground, funded by the 2016 Uganda Marathon runners
The brand new classrooms, funded by the 2017 Uganda Marathon runners
Primary school education is free in Uganda. However, there are too few government schools to meet the population’s huge demand, leaving rural communities neglected and without primary education. Bugabira is a rural community-run school that offers heavily subsidised fees, providing quality education for 300 disadvantaged children. The school is a place of smiling kids and enthusiastic staff, you have never met students so keen on learning!
Goal 1: For 9 more pupils to be sustainably supported to gain education under the school sponsorship program every year by the end of 2019.
The children of the Bugabira School
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Much of rural Uganda is all but inaccessible. The road networks make travelling to some parts extremely difficult and not something that can be done regularly. This means that rural communities are cut off from publics services, they don’t have access to hospitals, clinics or schools. The Suubi Centre is an amazing facility, managed and delivered by trained, dedicated staff, that caters for a huge range of needs for the Lubanda Village and surrounding communities. It incorporates; an established medical clinic, which specialises in maternity care; a secondary school with vocational workshops; women empowerment collectives; renewable energy training; and agricultural programmes.
Goal 1: For 3 students to be added to the school sponsorship program by the start of term in January 2019.
Students of the Suubi Centre School performing for the community
A truck load of goats arriving at Suubi Centre, funded by our 2016 runners.
The Suubi goats project, funded by the 2016 Uganda Marathon runners
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Youth with a Vision (YWAV)
One of the Uganda Marathon Youth Finance Scheme graduates, next to his farm
John & Josephine Mugabe who run the Youth With a Vision project
Youth With a Vision have set themselves quite a task! In Uganda, youth is described as between the ages of 1-30 years old, which mean YWAV reach out to 75% of the population of Masaka Region. They target unemployed, orphaned, disabled and illiterate individuals who the majority of depend on less than 75p a day. This clearly does not allow for schooling costs and traps people into a cycle of poverty. Through the marathon runners, over the last 3 years, YWAV have created the Youth Finance Scheme that has seen 39 youth gain employment and start their own business through a sustainable microfinance scheme. YWAV also support, through their foster home program, babies and young children who otherwise would be homeless. This amazing work comes out of the love and huge hearts of John Mugabe and his wife who on their own care for 7 foster children.
Goal 1: Support 9 fostered children through primary education by the end of 2019.
Goal 2: To secure 9 foster child placements in a sustainable manner by the end of 2019.
The children of the Youth With a Vision project
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Take part in a 10Km, 21Km or 42Km race to change & save lives. Support these amazing projects and have the Adventure of a lifetime!
“Just completed my first half marathon around the Ugandan countryside! Scenery was breathtaking and, despite the most brutal hills I’ve ever run/walked up, the local kids that came out to cheer us on were incredible motivation! Thanks to the Uganda Marathon team for putting on such an amazing week.”
– Sam, Uganda Marathon runner