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Friday, 7 October 2016

HUGS College Students

Around the world University and Further Eduction Colleges open for business in around September each year.

Five of our students have now moved on to exciting careers;

Milli and Goretti soon start teaching.

Evereste is learning to be an aircraft pilot, sponsored by the Rwanda Government now.

Annet is Nursing

Grace is practicing Medicine and Surgery near Kampala

Maurice competed his accountancy degree in Rwandaa

Our other students are

Daniel is studying building and civil engineering

Robert is studying building and civil engineering

Patrick is doing practical field work as a trainee Veterinarian

John is studying electrical engineering.

Emmanuel is studying agriculture.

Faith is studying to be a doctor

Joseph is studying to be a special needs teacher

Karenz is studying to be a doctor

Diana is completing her nursing degree

Naturinda is studying to be a teacher.

Jean is studying to be a teacher

Stephanie is studying to be a teacher

Denis is studying petroleum engineering

Stephen who is handicapped is studying to be a teacher.

Divina is studying  to be a teacher.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

That's Manchester TV Interview

Dr. Richard Bircher, husband of Trustee Joanna was interviewed with Peter on the Manchester TV Channel called That's Manchester back in August this year.

The video gives a good picture of what we are doing and focuses on the new Little Shepherd School which Richard and fellow Trustee Chris Bircher are fundraising to help. They are well over half way there.

The Link to the Video Interview is HERE

Friday, 12 August 2016

A sad reminder

We have told you a little about a disabled young man called Hillary Dan who we planned to support following the death of his mother who had breast cancer.

Hillary went home from University at be at the funeral of his mother and caught malaria. But to make matters worse it became cerebral malaria.

After several weeks in hospital Hillary died this morning.

It is another reminder of the vital role that mosquito nets can play in preventing this terrible illness which still kills about 480,000 people every year.

Over the years HUGS has provided mosquito nets to our Uganda schools but they don't last for ever!

We can buy them in Uganda for about £3 each. It is not a lot to save a life. If any supporters would like to help it would be welcome.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Look what you've done!

Dreams can come true and life can change for the better. 14 orphaned children living in very poor circumstances are celebrating moving from their run down accommodation into a brand new building. The children are cared for by Sister Theresa at the Good Shepherd School in Fort Portal.  When we visited the school we were aware of the plight of these children and felt we needed to help them. HUGS and Bury African Outreach (BAO) a charity run by Tom and Lydia joined forces and we are now really pleased to report that the new building has been completed to a very high standard at a cost of 30 thousand pounds. The building was officially opened on 22 July 2016.

The old accommodation

 Gabriel House

Sister Theresa has shared the stories of the children and all have had a very difficult start in life. Most loosing both parents and others being ill-treated. The children were brought to the sisters for protection and Sister Theresa and the other sisters have provided a loving home and somewhere safe for them to live. However, the accommodation in which they lived was unsuitable but the best that could be offered at the time.

HUGS and BAO felt these children deserved the very best and the new building has solar panels, to provide light when it is dark. An inside bath and toilet and a lovely rooms for the children to sleep. Sister Theresa says, “The children are so excited and happy about their new home and they keep smiling all the time”.

It is so heartening to know that the children and youngsters without parents and who lived in what can only be described as a shack, now have somewhere nice to live, which not only provides a roof and protection, but raises their self esteem and makes them happy.

                     The opening event and the children who will live at Gabriel House

The name of the building is called  ‘St Gabriel’s House’ after St Gabriel’s School, in Bury, Lancs. The school raises funds for the children and exchanges letters.
HUGS and BAO would like to wish the children happiness in their new home and also to thank Sister Theresa for organising the building and thanks to the builder for doing such a brilliant job. Also, thank you to all who donate to both charities because without your support this would not have been possible.

We can all feel a sense of satisfaction, these children are now smiling.

It would not have been possible without the great help we have had from so many people since the project started in October 2015.

We heard today that Hillary Dan, suffering from cerebral malaria seems to be recovering.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Hillary Dan has Cerebral Malaria

Last month we told you that we will be supporting the Hillary Dan, a young disabled student to complete his degree in Journalism in Uganda.

Hillary went home for the funeral of his mother and while there he contracted cerebral malaria which is very serious.

He has been in a coma for 3 weeks and HUGS will be helping with his medical costs but this condition can be both life threatening and leave long term damage.
Lets say a prayer for his recovery.
This tiny mosquito is related to the one bringing zika to Brazil and other places. But there is hope that this long term damage caused by these insects can be stopped and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is doing a great deal to help.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Best ever!

Thanks to all those who got involved and helped with our big fundraiser this year. it was the HUGS Golf Tournament held at Romiley and it links like having raised even more than last year and we think the total will be over £8000. Thanks to Carolyn, Bob and John for their special efforts to make this a great success.

With the start of the Rwanda and Uganda University terms starting in September this will make sure that we have enough for the new bursary grants to our students.

We have been trying to give more support to handicapped young people and have a request to support Hillary Dan who is disabled and has gained a University place to study journalism. He was being supported by his mother but she died this month with throat cancer.

Trustees felt that this could be an excellent choice of course and career for someone who is not able to walk and who has to use a wheelchair.  If anyone would like to sponsor Hillary and perhaps mentor his writing skills that would be great.

It is always good to hear of developments at St Zoe's, our first school. Well over 100 of the children are boarders and the team have been able to create proper play area with some toys and a roundabout.

This short video tells the story.


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Just a small push now needed

HUGS Golf Event in just 16 days time is aimed at raising money to complete the new orphanage at Good Shepherd which we started together with the Bury Orphans Charity back in the autumn of 2015.

If any of our readers would like to help achieve this target there is a
Virgin Money Giving link HERE

The picture shows progress at May 18th and it is now in the finishing stages. 20 orphans will live there and they have already chosen their rooms. We have spent about £30,000 to date on this project.

We need just a little extra to get to my GOAL of £3500 which is linked to the Golf Event, the big fundraiser which we have each year.

We want this to be a warm and welcoming place to live, with gardens, toys, books, electricity, good sanitation because we think these little ones deserve them.