Our bike shed gets a makeover

Nearly four years ago now we were selected as the overseas community that Hastoe Housing Association would befriend. Within that time, Hastoe have joined us in our fundraising efforts for clean water, the village medical centre and the bike shed . They did so without ever setting a foot in Ruhanga, but all that changed earlier this month when seven members of Hastoe staff and their families hit the road to Ruhanga. Read more

Nick and Harriet’s 900 Mile Bike Ride


Nick and Harriet set off from Hastoe’s offices in Hamptonwick near Kingston upon Thames yesterday. Ann was there to see them off


Staff at Hastoe Housing Association give Nick and Harriet a superb send off. The red ribbon is cut and off they go


Nick and Harriet set off along the river Thames. I can’t wait to see them in Sussex on 9 September

Nick and Harriet are 70 and 73 respectively and doing this to raise money for our medical centre. Please support their initiative by making a donation at http://www.mycharitypage.com/bikeride


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An update from our Project Coordinator

I have been in Uganda for a month now – we have around 250 children aged 3-10 attending our Ruhanga Development Nursery & Primary School. Nursery School is registered and Primary almost completed all the required sections for registration

Most children have a uniform – thanks to kind donations of unwanted items from UK schools (black/navy skirts or pinafores, white shirts or poloshirts, black or dark grey shorts and royal or navy sweaters – proudly displaying a variety of different UK school badges – we leave those on for photos – but the shirts have our own RDNPS badge sewn on

Long sleeves shortened and trousers are cut to shorts by our resident sewing lady.

One young volunteer who recently left after staying  3 months put almost £5,000 of his own money & what he collected  from friends and family and hired large machinery to grade and level out the large school playing fields – formally it was impossible to play games etc – in another few weeks the grass we planted will have completely covered the area and they will be able to host football matches and so on

We have 7 classrooms completed and two more still need windows doors plastering and floors rendered for use at end of  January. All would like glass in the windows but that is not top of the priority list,

A second toilet block needs to be completed – the pit and down part is all done – ready for walls and roof.

Registration people said we also have to have a bigger headmaster /office room and we need more storage for games equipment

The water project is finished – we have somewhere approaching 20 taps in place and water at three schools and many hundreds of people are already benefitting

Now others on the edge of our area are requesting taps – and I am getting quotation – as there is plenty of water to go further afield.

At the Lodge itself – for those who may contemplate a visit – we have FLUSH TOILETS now we have water.

Volunteering is not just for Gap years – I am well past pension age as are a number of our other visitors and the cost of just £10 per day for all meals and accommodation  makes it an affordable possibility for a holiday with a difference

Older visitors also can enjoy a short safari to Queen Elizabeth national Park for an extra £200 – or even go on a gorilla trek if you are reasonably fit.


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