The Uganda Project
Every year a team of Withington girls fundraise and collect donations for community projects in Uganda, before visiting these projects themselves during the annual trip held in the October half-term.
Withington’s former Head of History kickstarted the Uganda Project in February 2014, from links with ex-pupils in the country. One of these ex-pupils had established the Small Steps Foundation, which was responsible for building the Glory Be nursery school and the Special Needs section attached to it. This is the main project that Withington supports in Uganda.
The Withington Uganda team also raise money for the NGO ‘Get Involved with African Street Children’ (GI ASCO). This began as a drop-in day centre for homeless street children in Jinja, but has now become a residential home for 23 boys who are also receiving full time education.
The 2018 team was accompanied by three members of Withington’s staff.
The 2018 team consisted of 14 girls from the Upper Sixth Form. They organise fundraisers throughout the year, including a Fashion Show, cake sales, a ‘roll a coin’ event, sponsored runs, and a sale of Uganda clothes and souvenirs at Withington’s Summer Fair. The team raised £10,000 in total, £3,000 more than their target.
The Uganda project has run annually since 2014 and will continue for the foreseeable future. The annual trip lasts 10 days. Fundraising begins a year in advance of each trip.