The construction of a toilet for girls

Dear friends

A big thank you to those that attended our fundraising event and or donated to  the sanitation matters to girls campaign. Access to a toilet is something that most take for granted but 2.5 billion  people  worldwide do not have access to a toilet  so we are grateful for your support with this project  Read more

Menstrual Hygiene Day

28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day and this is something we started to look at in Ruhanga after I got a letter from one of our girls Elina Agaba. Elina is amongst the 15 girls from Team College Ruhanga that are taking part in bike repair initiative. Read more

Our Volunteers at Work- Alan

One of the questions that we asked time and time again is – HOW CAN I HELP

When we got started we envisaged people in the west coming out to Ruhanga to share their skills with the locals or use those very skills to help solve day to day challenges that folk in Ruhanga face but cannot solve themselves

in 2011 we spent the best part of the year working on bringing clean water to the village. However by January this year, a problem was identified but the original water engineer could not resolve it. Some of that taps we had installed had no water running through them!

Fortunately for us one of our volunteers from England knew what was wrong and how to fix it

Alan worked out that it was not poor workmanship on behalf of the water engineer, however that the water source had moved! Imagine that!

A new water source was identified  and Alan got to work with the community providing the labour that was required

The youngsters joined in too

And when the water was done, Alan set about building an oven for the school

So there you are folk, this is one way your skills can benefit folk in Africa. If you have been inspired to help we are currently building a community health centre and if you think you can help please get in touch our email address is

Walk 4 Water is back

We had such fun last year walking around Virginia Water lake in Surrey to raise money for the water project. In December we hit the road to Ruhanga SW Uganda and walked for water for nearly two hours in the hills above Ruhanga. Those that could not join us asked if we could organise something local for that they could all join.


You asked and we have delivered!  To take part you need to download a sponsorship form by clicking on this link—

Virginia Water Walk Sponsor Form

Further details and joining instructions

This walk of 5K around the lake at Virginia Water, is in aid of Ruhanga Village Community Project. The walk will take place on 1st April 2012 at 1PM

I hope that together we can raise £2000  to build a long drop toilet block for the children of the village, This is really important as at the moment they do not have proper sanitation facilities at the School, for some 300 children. Not having this new facility increases their risk of contracting diseases like cholera.

Our sponsored walk will start by everyone meeting at the main entrance from the car park for Virginia Water Lake on the A30 next to The Wheatsheaf Pub. Please note you can park in the crown estate car park where normal car parking fees will apply, or you can park outside in local roads and walk into the park.

There are toilet facilities at the garage opposite the main entrance, or in the Wheatsheaf pub next to the main entrance, also there is a public toilet at the half way point around the walk at the polo grounds. I will be supplying a bottle of water for everyone at this point.

I would suggest that you wear good walking shoes, and appropriate clothing, it’s fine to bring your dog, just as long as it is under control at all times. This walk is all on tarmac footpaths so kiddies bikes and pushchairs should have no problem.

This is a fun walk not a race it does not matter if you finish in 36 minutes as our power walkers did last year, or in two hours that’s me I came in last, but, I had a wonderful time walking at a gentle pace with great friends.  So come on put your best foot forward and join me to make this a successful day not just for us but all the children who are relying on our help. Everyone over the finishing line will receive their own medal as a thank you from me for your help on this very special day.  And don’t forget your PICNIC as we will all celebrate getting around the course  by eating together at the end of the walk.

Hilary Browell contact No. 07825712460.

If you can’t join us please consider making a donation to our kitchen initiative


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Gender equality- the girls want a toilet of their own

We have just come back from Ruhanga SW Uganda and what a trip.

We had a Xmas party at the Ruhanga Development School  and then there was the Walk 4 Water and official Turning on of the taps.

The community came out and got involved, I really can’t begin to put in words what this all felt like.

Austen- volunteer coordinator

With the water out of the way our attention turned to a great need that most of us in the west take for granted access to a toilet. As I explained in this post on BIRDS ON THE  BLOG  our girls are getting to that age when they need a toilet of their own and without which they will drop out of the the education system altogether. Without an education the  girls’s choices are limited almost always to an early marriage, being trafficked into prostitution and a life of poverty.

This problem is not unique to Ruhanga and according to the 2.6billion people worldwide are without a toilet. But it need not be this way and with direct action we can make a difference one community at a time. Our effort in Ruhanga is already under way and a few people have heeded our call to provide a girls’s toilet at the school, to join them please make a donation at

My Charity Page Sponsor Me Now

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