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African inspired Dinner and Dance
Our Annual fundraising ball is on 18 October 2014 in Walton on Thames Surrey. You will need to get your dancing shoes out for this one. We have live music from a Ugandan Band as well as an African inspired buffet. The money raised will go towards the construction of a girls’ toilet and shower block.
Tickets are £20 each and can booked at http://www.lethemhelpthemselves.org/annual-fundraising-ball
In 2012, the construction of a Community Medical Centre in Ruhanga got under way and after several visits from the District Medical Officer, the centre opened in December 2013 and in May 2014, children from our primary school called in for their jabs.
Skills Development Centre
Meanwhile, a new initiative sprung up at Team College Ruhanga. The Skills 4 Girls initiative involved 15 teenage girls who had an interest in learning how repair and ride bicycles. By December 2013, these girls were taking on paid work. They were other benefits too as their Head Teacher explained.
Following this initial success, we wondered how we would take this forward. We wanted to formalise the initiative and open it up to more girls. Our friends at Hastoe Housing Association made that wish come true. As luck would have it seven members of Hastoe Housing Association and their family arrived in Uganda in time to paint the completed Bike Shed in July 2014. This was there first visit to Uganda and here is how they got on.
The funding provided by Hastoe was matched by Stand On Your Own (SOYO) our partner charity in Uganda to construct a sewing room. In March this year, the girls started taking lessons from a local seamstress on making sanitary towels. This initiative now has a new home and we hope scale it.
We have ambitious plans in the year ahead. We would like to broaden the number of technical classes available at the centre to include; Car Mechanics, Carpentry, Brick making, Computing and Cooking. But we need a few more classrooms in order to make this happen and this requires funding.
To that end we hope you can join our fundraising efforts. If you would like to fundraise online you can do so at MyCharity Page, our page details are
We are grateful to you for your support and thank you for enabling us to change the lives of people in Ruhanga.
We look forward to seeing you in Walton on Thames on 18 October 2014