At eleven o’ clock today second year Physical Education undergraduates Claudia Rigsby, Hayley Perks, Jodie Talbot,Jessica Leigh and Carly Brown, alongside Becs Brocken from the Marketing Department within Student Union here at Edge Hill University flew out of a rainy Manchester en route to Uganda for ten days of sunshine, making a difference to the lives of children who are part of the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation.
The Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation is a non-profit making Christian charity and registered N.G.O. (non-governmental organization) with a Registered Charity No.S.5914/481 issued by the National NGO Board in Uganda, East Africa . It was established 27 years ago by Molly and Paul M. Wasswa for the purpose of helping disadvantaged children who are in desperate need of help and support.
These vulnerable children may be orphaned, neglected, abandoned or simply living in acute poverty and are frequently effected by the ravages of HIV/AIDS.
Molly and Paul M. Wasswa are a committed Christian couple who believe that God has placed upon their hearts the desire to reach out and meet the needs of these children.
This has inspired them to donate their own land at Kamuzinda for the purpose setting up a Children?s Village where they can provide these desperate children with a home, free or subsidized education and vocational skills, which gives them opportunities and hope for a brighter future. Within the Children?s Village at Kamuzinda and other areas in Kampala the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation provides a Primary, Secondary, Farm School and Medical Clinics. The Farm/Technical School is not only used to teach vocational skills but is able to produce food that is used to help feed the children.
They also have five other Schools within Masaka and Kampala where they are able to help many children from poor rural areas and inner-city slums who would normally be denied the opportunity of an education. This charity benefits from the many volunteers that visit and give of their time, money and support, and also benefit from fundraising by The Pearl of Africa Children?s Choir plus grants and donations from churches, Schools, corporate sponsors and other organizations.
The girls are going to post whenever they get the opportunity to share information through the internet. How wonderful will it be for other students to see what activities the girls embark upon so that they too can share the opportunity next year when we take another group of students out to Uganda.
The girls have been fundraising over the past few weeks and received sponsorship from local businesses which has helped them along their way. Football shirts have also been donated and Becs and Angela who have organised the trip would like to thank everyone involved. Turkish airlines have allowed them to take one case extra free of charge.
As soon as I hear from the students I will keep you posted on this journey of a lifetime.