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 and life prospects for hundreds of needy children in the Ruhanga and the wider community in Western Uganda.

Over the last 10 years we have built Ruhanga Development Nursery and Primary School, which successfully educates over 500 children each year. There is sadly no financial help available from the government. So the school fees are subsidised to an affordable level through our Child Support Scheme 



Recently we opened a Vocational Training Centre, to teach youngsters a trade or skill which will enable them to earn a living by self-employment. Many Primary School leavers cannot afford senior school and for those who do complete four years, there are very few paid job opportunities. A trade or skill gives youngsters greater value within their local community especially the  girls, who then have a choice, rather than simply opting for early pregnancy and marriage.

With the help of donations to the McNeil Medical Centre, our staff provide low cost or free health care for the local community. With assistance from International Volunteers we organise outreach work in the surrounding villages. Medical Electives and others are welcome to join us. The gravity-fed Clean Water System - which we are proud to have funded - provides clean, fresh water to many village homes.


English speaking Volunteers from across the world can stay at our Guest House known as "Uganda Lodge" and from this base they can help at the school and medical centre and get involved in a variety of village based projects. Many also choose to experience life in the two fishing villages we support, join a safari or go gorilla trekking and, again, all profits help fund our work.


Why we're raising money


We are excited to be building a new training kitchen/restaurant as part of our Vocational Training Centre so we can offer a wide range of Catering Courses to potential young students. The restaurant will be open to the general public, thus helping it to quickly become self-funding. We need another £15,000 to complete the project and open the restaurant. 

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?  

Thank you for making the difference.

Our related campaigns



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 112 Days left
0.42% of target

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

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 
£0.00 Raised Closed
0.00% of target

Uganda lodge volunteering

Hello! We are Maisie and Jack from Lyme Regis, Devon and have set up this fundraising campaign in support of our upcoming trip away to East Africa. We are volunteering to travel to a remote village in rural UGANDA to help build dormitories for teenage students who have completed Primary School but who cannot afford the fees for Senior School. The charity we are supporting (Uganda lodge, set up and run for the last 17 years by my nanny, Ann McCarthy) assists these youngsters in learning basic trades such as Tailoring, Hairdressing and Catering whilst also teaching them how to start up their own business to better their futures. The exterior of the building is completed but the bedrooms need plastering, showers and toilets fitted and then painting throughout. Our fundraising will help to purchase the necessary sand, cement,  plumbing fittings and paint as well as enabling the charity to pay the local builders that myself and jack will be working alongside. This is a very exciting and once in a lifetime opportunity for us so please help us and donate all you can! Thank you :)
£155.00 Raised Closed
15.50% of target

Uganda Lodge

We were lucky to meet many amazing people on our travels – and we were particularly touched by the fantastic work of the team at Uganda Lodge. Located in Ruhanga, a rural part of Uganda – there previously wasn’t any access to Education for the many children living in the region with children starting work from very young ages. In 2007 Denis and Ann decided to make a change and set up a small school for the area…and 15 years on their 1 class of 10 children has grown to 10 classes with 500 children. With no government support, Uganda Lodge is completely reliant on charity donations to be able to give each child a future. . For just £60 a year you can pay for a child’s education at Uganda lodge – giving a child a future.
£701.25 Raised Closed
1168.75% of target

Ruhanga Project

Dear family/friends/colleagues/ unknown well wishers,Please join me in supporting Ruhanga Development School and  Resource centre in Uganda-East Africa, they support grassroots projects to improve health and promote jobs for local women.I hope to raise £1000 or more with your support, which will help towards the running costs of the school, and medical centre for under- privileged children that the Social Enterprise work with. Thereby making education a reality for the village children as well as access to basic medical care.Please kindly sign the gift aid option if you are a UK tax payer, as your donation is worth another 25% with no additional costs to you.Thank you.Mary OP.S, my Anonymous donors, kindly notify me privately(if you wish) so I can appreciate your support.
£757.13 Raised 59 Days left
75.71% of target

Where can you find us?

Our Projects:
Ruhanga Village
Mbarara-Kabale Road
Ntungamo  District
Western Uganda

UK Charity HQ:
44, Cranwell Grove 
Shepperton TW17 0JR 

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