300 MILES for Ugandan Street Kids

£60 of £100,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 9 months
What am I fighting for?

This is me, and this is a picture taken in the slums of Kisenyi, Kampala, Uganda with the street kids that live there. Unfortunately, the hand-craft homes of Kisenyi are being demolished as the land is brought.

In the picture below children of the slums are standing around a demolished set of homes. If they resist, they are thrown in prison. 

In response to this, I am trying to raise £100,000 to fund a rehab centre for a year in partnership with Branches of Life International,  a local Uganda charity who have first-hand experience into the life of street children and how best to help.

The rehab centre

The rehab centre would be a safe haven for street kids to grow and become who they were meant to be. This is primarily done by reconnecting the children back to their parents through therapy and Christian teachings (to demote witchcraft, which is a serious thing in Uganda and promote better care). 

The centre will also provide different kinds and levels of education to provide a pathway for a better future. 

Why is it going to cost £100,000?
£2 per day will feed a child breakfast, lunch and dinner
£320 is the cost of 40 dozen book, 10 boxes of pen and 10 boxes of pencils, flips charts, markers and rubbers. 
£1500 per year will send 5 children to secondary school (£100 per term) 
£4715 is the cost per month to host courses in tailoring (for 5 individuals at £300/month), carpentry works (for 7 individuals at £400/month ) and agricultural management (for 4 individuals at £100/month). This equates to £56,582 for the year. 
£9269, per year, is the cost to employ the various staff needed; 2 social workers, 2 community liaison officers,  a monitoring and evaluation officer and a program director. 
Extra money above these costs would facilitate unforeseen expenses and room for expansion allowing Branches of life to reach more lives among fees for general maintenance and electricity. 
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I'm not very good at keeping you guys up to date especially now its exam season; I am swamped. However, the good news keeps coming my way so I couldn't deny myself and you guys the pleasure of writing an update.

So what has been happing...
Since the failure (but still £70 win) from the talent showcase, I have had:
Two generous donations on this website.
News that my grandma is sponsoring 20p per mile that would be equivalent to £60 when I complete all the miles
1000 leaflets delivered to be distributed. This in itself has been a challenge as I have never been the one to instigate a conversation. But prayers are getting me through it.
My parents, God bless them, have taken their time to email rotary clubs and churches along my root. Since then we've had a response, and I will be speaking at a service in Dunsford on the 3rd.
Sponsorship forms made available on walk300.com with prizes for those who can raise over £40. Do you want a walk300 t-shirt and showoff your impressive ability to fundraise?

And to top all that off I managed to walk 20 miles!!!!! well, 19.65 but so close! After it, I was aching so bad that I had to put wet towels around my legs to sleep. On the plus side, I did find a method to dim the pain, which I am sure will come useful.

I would like to thank everyone's support. I still can't believe its happening in less than 3 weeks!

If you would like me to speak at your event, wear one of your products or to sponsor me, (just 5p per mile, not even £1 a day, would equate to £15) then contact me at gracie.walk300@yahoo.com. Or donate right here on gofundme, every penny counts, and you'll be helping vulnerable children find a better future. Thanks again.
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I am going to be on the radio talking all about me and my 300-mile walk. So remember this: Wednesday 18th April @ 9:30am on Branch FM. If you are local to Dewsbury and surrounding areas you'll find Branch FM on 101.8 FM but if you are not, then listen live at branchfm.co.uk

Adding to this, an official date for the walk has been set. Yeparroni the date of the walk is definitely on the 1st June. Which also means I will be celebrating my birthday in the Winscombe area. That will be interesting.

It has also been confirmed that Hannah (my twin sister) and parents (Roger and Rachael Phillips) will be joining me. They will be my support, driving in a camper van just in case. Ooh, which reminds me, I need to book some campsites :D. My sister is also going to attempt walking the first 5 days with me. She has poor circulation in her legs so this is going to be a stretch for her. So proud. 

Don't forget my Talent Showcase is on the 25th April, that's a week on Wednesday! If you can't make it please be praying that it will all come together, even if it is last minute.

Last but not least, don't forget the reason I am doing all this which is to raise money for street kids in Uganda so please donate. I only have £30 so far.
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Thanks to Pomphlett Methodist Church for all there donations. Pens, paper, notebook, pencils, £30 and more. All for the rehab center. Their money will help street kids in Uganda have a better future. Help me raise more and donate please. Only £2 will give a child breakfast lunch and dinner. Go to walk300.com for all the details on what I am doing.
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Due to the severe weather that has hit the country I have been unable to go for a walk. Unfortunately, I also have a piece of coursework to complete in two weeks time before I got to Malaysia with uni. Therefore, it looks unlikely that I would be able to go for a walk for the next month.

However, the wheels are still turning. It looks promising for a swing band from my church to perform at my showcase. I have also reached out to numerous societies looking for performers and things to sell. Fingers crossed it works out. Don't forget to donate to the course. I am trying to help street kids by supporting the running of a rehab centre in Uganda. Just £2 will give a child breakfast lunch and dinner. Cheaper than a cup of coffee!
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