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Friday, 2 December 2016

Make a difference this Christmas

If you would like to help towards one of our current projects then send a gift to a friend  for Christmas. Choose a Gift Card below and make your donation via the website.

             The Sight Recovery Project’’
                                 ‘There can be no greater gift than to give someone their sight back’

HUGS is currently working with Sebastian in Jinga and Sight Savers to help 70 children to be assessed and treated for eye problems.  The programme is due to start on 12 December. If you would like to be involved please donate £5  £10 £25  This will  go towards helping a child to regain their sight.

 (This young boy is hoping to have his eye condition treated soon).  DONATE HERE

    Women’s Project 
                                           Educate a woman, you educate a nation”
HUGS vocational work is currently supporting 10 women in Lira, Uganda who have formed into a co-operative and are 1) Making cakes to sell and 2) growing vegetables to sell in the Market.
They are learning new skills and are hoping in time to become self sufficient and sustainable. Money they earn is helping them to pay for education for their children. If you would like to help these women then please donate £5 £10 £25 and choose a Gift Card and email to a friend as their Christmas present. 

                                             Family Support Initiative (FS)
                                      Families are the foundation of a good and caring society”
Bury African Charity are supporting this family who live in Lira and HUGS are supporting Joyce and her 5 children. We need support for Christine, or third family. All three families are living in poverty.  Please donate £5 £10 £25 to help. It cost about £300 a year to raise their standard of living.

                                                                      Porridge Programme
                                                          “Children need to nourishment to learn”
 We are looking for finance to continue the porridge programme at our school in Rwanda. The children are hungry and £5 will feed the children for one day.Please donate £5 £10 or £25. We need £300 for the year.

Please call or email if you would like some Gift Cards to send as Christmas presents to friends. The cards are free and we will post them to you. All you have to do is complete the box on the back of the card and send it to friends, telling your friend that you have bought, say 5 weeks or education at £5 a week and send the £25 to HUGS. But you can chose how much to give of course.

The money will go towards sponsoring some of our children in Uganda and Rwanda.

Cheques to HUGS  6 The Ceal Compstall, Stockport SK6 5LQ   Phone 0161 427 4270

Chose your card and quantity and let us know.

Card One

Card 2

You can also pay through  out Virgin Money Giving Site

                                                           DONATE HERE

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Please come to lunch

On Sunday 26th February 2017 we are having a special lunch at Stockport Golf Club to hear about Joanna and Richard's visit to Rwanda and Uganda and to celebrate HUGS having raised over £1 million pounds since it started in 1995.

We hope it will be a fun event and Fr John hopes to be with us.

Tickets are £23 each and we have already had a very good demand. We are limited to 100 people.

Would you like to come? Please let us know.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Short Interviews from Rwanda and Uganda

Trustee Joanna and husband Richard have just returned from visiting our schools in Rwanda and Uganda.

They took many pictures but these two short videos are really worth 2 minutes of your times

First Richard interviews some of the Fort Portal Secondary Students sponsored by HUGS


And Sr. Mary who we have been working with since 2009 on  Good Shepherd School, St Therese's in Rwanda and now on Little Shepherd says a little about HUGS and how your efforts are helping.


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.