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.
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
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
We can all feel a sense of satisfaction, these children are now
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.
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.
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.
During a recent visit from St Mary's Hospital Manchester doctors to Fort Portal they met "Mary" a 10 year old girl who was not going to school. No, this was not for the usual lack of money reasons. She is an orphan living with grandmother and had been sexually assaulted by a neighbour in her village. Someone she would meet every day in the street. The doctors offered to fund her at a boarding school if grandmother was happy about this. She was delighted because Mary would be living somewhere safe but not too far away.
We have been able to find her a safe place to live and she is attending school as well. She had a great trauma but is slowly regaining her confidence.
Next month we think the new home for the orphans at Good Shepherd should be completed and thank to Tom and Lydia from Marple who have helped to make this happen.
The Lira Girls Secondary school now has its dormitory and second class room in operation. Starting only a year ago with one class of 27 there are now nearly 65 girls attending. They chose their uniform designs and colours.
We are looking at the requirements for the next 4 to 5 years and hope to complete the school by about 2021.