I recently visited Uganda to meet our in country operations team. We wanted to see the projects we have completed and where exactly we can continue to help local communities and make a difference on future expeditions. The support we can provide is small but effective; while we don't have millions of pounds to completely change lives, we can certainly help to improve them.
Our Goat Project is a simple concept but has considerable longevity for the schools and communities. By buying milk-producing goats, we can provide schools with a supplement to their lunch. Lunch for many of the children is simply a cup of ground corn and water; by providing milk we can add valuable nutrients to their daily diet. Goat’s milk is much easier to digest as it is lower in lactose and causes less inflammation, plus it is high in calcium and nutrients.
Before we commit to certain projects, we need to know the communities we are supporting can sustain them- this is where the provision of goats is perfect. They do not require extra feed or special maintenance and they reproduce rapidly, allowing the school to sell some of them in return for sugar. The communities I visited are extremely poor and really do live hand to mouth, but what is quite striking is just how wonderfully welcoming they are. They are some of the politest communities I have met, my kids could learn a thing or two from them!! Always you are greeted with a warm ‘how are you and how is your day’. They laugh and smile and are always grateful.
We source the goats from a community of people in Masaka that came together to rear goats, they have gradually built this into a good business.
Our very first milk-producing goat is being presented to Kyalusewo Primary School in Masaka and we have named her Gwynie. If you and your school would like the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic initiative, please do contact us and we can help you to support the local primary schools in Masaka through our Goat Project.
It was wonderful to see previous projects our teams have completed being used in the day-to-day lives of the students. We have built water tanks, pig pens, chicken coups, gardens, guttering, laid classroom floors and much more. While I have seen these simple projects in our pictures to actually be on the ground, seeing them in use and making a difference is quite a remarkable feeling.
This summer we are taking on one of our larger projects: a storm blew off the roof of a classroom block and devastated the inside leaving it in a state of total disrepair. This particular project will involve a complete renovation of three classrooms, giving the students the much needed space for learning. Currently they have temporary classrooms in the church and the Pastor's house, so far from ideal. We will put a new roof on and plaster the walls and make it a bright vibrant place to learn.