Project #5967

Training to lift young Ugandans out of poverty

Sep 18, 2013

September 2013 Update

The work at Siriba has had its highs and lows this academic  year. The principal reports that a good number of students were enrolled at the beginning of the year, some 80 in number, but that this has halved during the course of the year primarily because students could not afford the fees.  The fees are really very small but those who are orphans continue to find raising even very small sums difficult.  There are also difficulties concerning buildings because some students travel from some distance and there is no accommodation at the centre.

The principal reports that a kitchen is in the process of being built so that during the day at least the staff and students can be given something to eat.  Water supply is still difficult but we have plans to help install a rain water catchment system shortly, with a grant promised through friends of Global Giving.

The major issue facing the VTC is how and when the VTC can become more self-sufficient. The Board of Governors has met to work on this and has agreed that training for staff (so that courses can be of the quality required by the local government Dept. of Education) and training for the Board Members needs to be undertaken so that they can work more efficiently together especially in finding new sources of funding.   The hope is that by the end of this December they will have a strategic plan in place for 2014 onwards. We have promised to provide some money by way of grants towards this training because, until this is addressed, the Board cannot effectively manage the project.

The other problem that the principal has had to face is his own ill health both with eye problems and intestinal problems.  He does report that he is now improving but health care in Uganda is not free and can indeed be quite expensive.

Sadly, poverty means that many people continue to live precariously on the edge. Please help us support them if you can! Thank you.


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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
David Steiner
Executive Officer
Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom

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