Bella's Fundraising / Campbell's Mount Stanley Challenge/Bib's Great North Swim
The Chellaston Academy Uganda Project is now in its 11th year. We have purchased and renovated 2 orphanages in Kampala for former street children, creating dormitories and classrooms. The John Dickens House was named after John Dickens a former Assistant Head of the school who was involved in the first trip in 2007. The students in this house are mainly orphans or former street children suffering from the harsh reality of East African life.
This year, 25 students from Chellaston Academy (me included!) are returning to work on their second orphanage in Kampala, The MYDEL House. MYDEL are an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) that are based in the slums of Mengo, some of East Africa's most challenging living areas. In 2010, Chellaston took 44 street children from this slum and moved them into this new orphanage, which is located in a suburb on the edge of the city called Nansana. Due to the fact that many of the children has been abused or were being used for drug pushing, Chellaston felt that they had to get these students out of the slum and far away from bad influences.
However, due to rising costs of living and the increasing demand in the numbers of street children who need help, we have decided to return to this site to further develop our orphanage and work towards self-sustainability for the MYDEL organisation.
The plans to achieve self sustainability involve the demolishing of the current 'Main House' and replacing it with a new two story building that will house a new purpose-built kitchen, new washing facilities, two new dormitories for girls, a new ICT suite and a new administration centre. This will then allow us to convert the old dormitories into classrooms and increase the size of the school, enabling us to charge local children to be educated alongside our current orphan population.
The cost of this project will be £60,000 over two years and will take 18 months to complete. Planning permission has been given by Kampala City Council and the foundations for the building will be laid in April 2017.
I am seeking your support to fund the amount that it will cost for me to take part in this life changing opportunity, both for me and the children in Kampala. Please donate what you can!!
As part of my fundraising, my dad, Campbell, is doing a sponsored bike ride - he is doing the Mount Stanley Challenge where he will be cycling the height of the tallest mountain in Uganda in a day. This is 5109m! Any sponsors for that are welcome here too!