Uganda Lodge – A School, A Medical Facility and a Vocation Training Centre

Uganda Lodge – A School, A Medical Facility and a Vocation Training Centre

Uganda Lodge Community Projects

Charity and Not-for-Profit

About Us

UGANDA LODGE COMMUNITY PROJECTS is a UK registered charity (1150023) that promotes Better Education, Health, Social & Life Outcomes for thousands of needy children in the wider community of Ruhanga and other rural areas in Western Uganda.

For over 10 years we have been busy building RUHANGA DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL, a Nursery and Primary Initiative  which successfully educates over 500 children each year. The school fees are subsidised to an affordable level through our Child Support Scheme which is funded by our wonderful supporters at www.childsponsorship.co.uk There is sadly no financial help available from the government.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Recently we opened a VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, choosing to train youngsters with a trade or skill rather than an academic qualification. Many Primary School leavers will not afford senior school. Even those who do reach Senior 4 and pass some GCSE's find there are very few paid job opportunities, so a trade or skill will enable them to earn a living by self- employment. This gives youngsters a greater value within their local community rather than have the boys drifting into the larger towns for non-existent work, and the girls opting for early pregnancy and marriage.

HEALTH CARE

With the help of donations to the MCNEIL MEDICAL CENTRE, our medical staff provide low cost or free health care for the local community, screen all schoolchildren and with the help of Medical Electives and other International Volunteers they organise outreach work in the surrounding villages. The Gravity-Fed CLEAN  WATER SYSTEM which we are proud to have funded, helps support a healthy living environment by providing clean, fresh water to many village homes.

VOLUNTEER GUEST HOUSE - www.ugandalodge.com   

English speaking Volunteers from across the world can stay at our Guest House known as  "Uganda Lodge" and from this base in the heart of  a rural village they can help at the school and medical centre and get involved in many village based projects. Most also choose to experience a Safari or go gorilla trekking and, again, all profits help fund our work. Your Donations make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of children of Ruhanga and the wider community of SW Uganda. You can find out more about the project and volunteering opportunities by visiting our websites.

Why we're raising money

OUR CURRENT FUNDRAISING TARGET IS TO OFFER A WIDER RANGE OF VOCATIONAL COURSES

We are excited to be building a new KITCHEN and RESTAURANT as part of our Vocational Training Centre and thus offer a wide range of Catering Courses to potential young students. The restaurant will be open to the general public and especially cater for passing motorists, thus helping it to quickly become self-funding. We have completed the exterior and much of the interior of the building, but now we need to raise another £15,000 to complete the building with all fittings and furnishings to a good standard.

Please, please can you make a DONATION NOW, or perhaps set up your own fundraising page and invite your friends to donate as well? Are you friends with with any local food outlets or restaurant owners who may be willing to raise funds towards completion?  

Regular Giving
If you would prefer to donate regularly you could be helping to enable 500+ disadvantaged village children to have free healthcare, a free breakfast each day and a good but affordable Nursery and Primary Education within their own village (see www.sponsorachild.co.uk )

From just £5 a month you could be making the difference to a child’s life outcome.

Without our help most of these students from rural subsistence farming families, like their parents, will not have an opportunity of any Further Education or for learning a new vocational skill which can create a lifetime of employment opportunity for them.

Thank you for making the difference.

Our related campaigns

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TRAINING KITCHEN/RESTAURANT

Uganda Lodge Community Projects promotes better educational, health, social and life outcomes for the children and wider community of Ruhanga & other rural areas in south-west Uganda. Their work to date includes the building of a school for the village children, a gravity well to provide a reliable water source for the community, and a health clinic to promote better health outcomes. They are currently developing a vocational training centre amongst other initiatives, to support the local communities with employment opportunities and becoming self-sufficient. Their focus for the current year is the completion of training kitchen/restaurant for young people who cannot afford senior school worth £15,000. These new facilities will enable young people to learn catering and hospitality skills and create employment opportunities for the local communities. Your donation will make a real and long-lasting difference
£62.50 Raised 319 Days left
0.42% of target
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Christmas 2021 - Virtual Shoebox Appeal

UGANDA LODGE COMMUNITY PROJECTS is a UK registered charity (1150023) that promotes Better Education, Health, Social & Life Outcomes for thousands of needy children in the wider community of Ruhanga and other rural areas in Western Uganda. As it says above - we are a community project - we have established a school in Western Uganda, a Medical Centre, a Vocational Centre, we have built a large school and village hall which is used by the whole district for meetings and training / education purposes. We provide jobs and support within the community. Our aim is to continue to support communities in Western Uganda and through aiding and assisting them in improving their health, education and infrastructure, ultimately give these communities the tools and opportunities to develop and grow and become independant of the need for any external help and support. This Christmas, many local families will be struggling to find even enough money to put regular food on the table. For them, Christmas is a date on the Calendar and a visit to church, rather than presents and feasting.     So this year, to everybody reading this we ask, please consider the gift of a virtual shoebox. The traditional shoebox appeal is wonderful and opens people’s hearts, however, it does have flaws: ·     The carbon footprint of all those shoeboxes travelling 1000’s of miles to deliver gifts ·     The look on a parent's face to see their child given a gift that they personally cannot afford to buy ·     The fact that what is given may in a few short weeks be part of a rubbish dump somewhere We are taking the concept of the shoebox appeal and making it more relevant to today We will take ALL the money that is donated (no overheads charges, no transport costs, no admin fees) and we send it to our local co-ordinators and volunteers in Uganda to spend locally. We will buy the sorts of presents traditionally found in shoe boxes but from local shops and at local wholesalers. We will buy presents that are relevant and necessary and if requested by parents, we will let them have the pleasure and enjoyment of giving them to their own children. We will split the money so that a proportion is spent constructing something lasting – this Christmas we want to raise enough money to finish building dormitories for girls at our vocational centre. Currently students at the edges of our community have to walk many miles in the dark – these dormitories will allow young girls to have somewhere safe to stay while learning a trade and giving them the possibility to have a future where they can dream about supporting themselves, their families and their communities. We will also use a small percentage to buy food to give the gift of a full stomach this Christmas - staples and things that we take for granted - rice without stones, beans to go in the rice, salt to season the rice. Every penny donated will be used to support these works. Over the years, many thousands of shoe boxes have been sent all around the world - this is amazing generosity but this year let's take it one step further. The gift of a present, of food and of a lasting benefit to the community.   So, this Christmas, please send a ‘virtual shoe box’ ·     Avoid unnecessary shipping and transport costs ·     Avoid adding to the global carbon footprint ·     Let the local volunteers select the appropriate gifts to be purchased within the local community ·     Help provide food and sustenance for the recipients ·     Contribute to the long-term well being of the community - what we are building will last for many   years and help this community to move away from needing handouts and gifts. Remember - a virtual shoebox is for life, not just for Christmas. Thank you
£122.50 Raised Closed
2.45% of target
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Uganda Lodge

After nearly 20 years of sponsoring two children through the local school I am now finally going out to Uganda to see the wonderful work that is being done there.  I shall be volunteering in what ever capacity they feel I am suited to,  The village is always in need of funds to maintain the school etc., and I would appreciate a contribution, however small, to make this trip a really worthwhile one.My stay there is going to be for 3 weeks and there is a 3 day Safari and many other local trips to enjoy.  Even visiting the Gorillas if that is something you have ever wanted to do.  All of these are bookable once you arrive and I shall certainly be participating in one or two to see the country and wildlife.If this is something you have ever wanted to do please get in touch on my return and I can update you and give you the contact details.Thanks for your support.  Mitzi x 
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UGANDA LODGE COMMUNITY PROJECTS 
Ruhanga Village
Mbarara-Kabale Road
Ntungamo  District
Western Uganda

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44, Cranwell Grove 
Shepperton TW17 0JR 

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