Stephanie Higgins: 3rd Report from Uganda

I can’t believe how much time has flown since my last report! It is now the second term of teaching at Ruth Mother Care school in Nansana, Kampala. This term we got right back into the swing of school life after the long Christmas break now that we are more used to the school day and the style of teaching there. For the first week or two of the new term, there were less children than usual because the children aren’t allowed to return to […]

Stephanie Higgins – second report from Uganda

Since my last report, we have been very busy at school preparing for the end of term graduation before the children break up for the Christmas holidays. This meant that instead of teaching in the afternoon, we got to watch the children practice for their graduation performances, which involve lots of dancing, including traditional Ugandan dance, singing and drama. We also got asked to teach ballet because the teachers thought we would be ballet dancers because we’re English. Since I had done ballet till I […]

Stephanie Higgins – first report from Uganda

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Hazel’s Footprints for their support. I feel so privileged to be able to be here in Uganda and would not have been able to do it without this generosity. I can’t believe I’ve now spent almost two months in Kampala, Uganda with Smile Charity Uganda- the time has flown by! This gap year has been something that I’ve thought of and been excited about for a long time so it feels surreal […]

Photo Gallery from Wakadogo

A wonderful note has arrived from Wakadogo in Uganda alongside these pictures in the gallery below. I’m so pleased to tell you that we officially opened the new school library yesterday. It was a very proud moment for the school and was attended by local dignitaries and leaders, headteachers from neighbouring schools, all the staff at Wakadogo School and students from Primary 3 to 6. There were speeches, performances by the students, the official opening ceremony and of course some cake and food for all. […]

Photo Gallery from Wakadogo

We’ve just received some more photographs from Wakadogo. They tell us: ‘The library now has desks, chairs, bookshelves, solar power and computers. We will now spend the next few weeks doing a book drive in Uganda and the UK so that the library is filled with books by the time the children start the new academic year in February 2015.’

More News from Wakadogo!

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Rosie’s Year in Uganda – Final Report

My last few months in Uganda were probably the best of my life so far. My partners and I kept so busy as we were intent on getting everything ticked off our Ugandan bucket lists! My project partners, Alice and Alice, and I all got on extremely well and really put everything we could into our work at Childrens Sure House. In time for the start of the second term (our last term), we all helped pay for a full set of curriculum books from […]

Wakadogo Library

Third update on school library building in Acoyo village, northern Uganda (News just in from Acoyo in Uganda!) Thank you so much to the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints Trust’s for the generous donation of £12,000, made to Project Shelter Wakadogo  on 5th January 2014. We promised to use these funds to build a library at Wakadogo School–the first in Acoyo village. This important investment in education will serve over 400 students by the time it opens. Thank you from us all at Wakadogo. The library […]

Updates from Kisimenyi Primary & Wakadogo

We’ve just had two reports in from some fantastic project. The first is at Kisimenyi Primary School in Kenya: In this report we update you on the current situation at Kisimenyi Primary following completion of our major, two-year rehabilitation project at the school in September 2013. It includes news on the introduction of a pupil feeding programme, the on-going beautification and landscaping of the school grounds, and on our plans for the future. Click here to read the full PDF report And the second is […]

Footprinter Report: Scott Chandler

One of the best things about an experience like this is you get a chance to discover the person within  you. This experience I have found has been a new start and the beginning of how I want to live the rest of my life. Since I first conceived the idea of FACESAfrica and working in the Central region of Kampala, Uganda with many orphanages I started to lay the foundations for independently run projects which were more closely aligned to my own core values. […]

Time to rest by Anna Davis

I am sat writing this at my desk back in Devon. I safely arrived in the UK on the 7th of July 2013, from there went straight to a canal boat where I spent a six days with friends, this was the best thing I could have done to come back to the UK. It gave me space to absorb everything that I had seen in my six months and a place where I was not bombarded with questions by people – how was your […]

Rosie Dowell: Initial report

In June 2011, I attended a selection course on the remote Hebridean Isle of Coll for a charity called Project Trust. Project Trust send about 300 17-19 year olds oversees each year, to teaching or social care projects in over 20 countries. I had always been aware of the charity and from a young age knew I really wanted the opportunity to travel somewhere remote and work and live in a community very different from the one I have grown up in, in Perth, Scotland. […]

Scott Chandler: Initial report

Societies can never reach their apex unless the populace is selfless and philanthropic. This is a belief that I hold onto. Most people assume philanthropy requires excess amounts of wealth, but I believe it simply means a love of humankind, and therefore, does not preclude someone without money from being philanthropic.  This is why I believe what I am doing is a philanthropic activity. In the spring of 2010 I held many fundraisers to raise money for young people in a Uganda (for NGO’s that […]

Welcome to Uganda by Anna Davis

Having been here for three months, everything has started to seem normal in my everyday life, so I wanted to welcome you this lush, vivid country and share with you what a normal Uganda looks like through my eyes. It’s normal to call phone credit airtime It’s normal to cook by candlelight which can cause problems if you are using spices!! It’s normal for shops to be made out of cargo ship containers It’s normal for heavy goods vehicles to be overloaded, regularly with someone […]

Final Reflections – Family Life in Uganda by Keziah Berelson

Hazel’s Footprint’s Quarterly – The Final Quarterly! Wow. Bananke. I’ve been home for just a month today, and it feels like a year ago that I was in Entebbe airport, struggling to get my mats, my five–foot mingling stick and my banana fibre hat through customs! I left Uganda, my home away from home, and its impact on me I can’t see going for a very long time. My last few months were spent running reading classes for p7 pupils at St. Noa’s, ending in […]

Keziah Berelson: Initial report

My name is Keziah Berelson, and in less than two weeks, I will be leaving for Uganda to undertake a voluntary role for a year! I will be working at the Good Hope Initiative in Kisweera village, just outside of Mityana, where I will be teaching literacy and numeracy skills to 4-7 year olds. The Initiative was set up in 2006 in order to empower the rural and marginalized disadvantaged children in the community so as to enable them to participate in a grass-roots process […]

6 Months and 3 Illnesses by Keziah Berelson

And I am back again! Well, I’ve now been 6 months in Uganda and in the face of 3 tropical illnesses. I’ve been pretty safe and sound no broken bones and still 10 fingers and 10 toes! I don’t think I’ll get over how incredibly welcoming my community has been … well past the “fitting in” stage we find ourselves able to walk down to the trading centre, chatting to every third person we see (this does double the length of time it takes to […]

Report from Nadamba by Keziah Berelson

KB v. YKM: And I’m finally back to Myanzi for the new school term, after travelling over 800 kilometres across East Africa! We’ve headed home at the end of the dry season, and its astounding to see how far the landscape is affected. What once used to be lush red soils filled with weaving deep greens of maize fields and papyrus plantations has given way to an orange dust track complete with yellowing banana plants an upsetting lack of ripe fruit. The school term has […]

New Term by Keziah Berelson

KB v. YKM: And I’m finally back to Myanzi for the new school term, after travelling over 800 kilometres across East Africa! We’ve headed home at the end of the dry season, and its astounding to see how far the landscape is affected. What once used to be lush red soils filled with weaving deep greens of maize fields and papyrus plantations has given way to an orange dust track complete with yellowing banana plants an upsetting lack of ripe fruit. The school term has […]

Elections by Keziah Berelson

Mango, mango, mango! Well, it’s finally here … mango season, after weeks of sour, unripe mangoes with salt (don’t knock it …), the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Rather a let-down to be fair, the mangoes are delicious, but haven’t grown past a fist size. Nevertheless, we still wake up to a small pile of them at the door every morning – and I’m not complaining. Ultimately, as we’re seeing off the last of the rainy season by early December, it’s […]