The Friends Of St Michaels School Busembatia Uganda Limited
St Michael’s is a girls' primary school in a desperately poor area of rural Uganda. It achieves excellent national examination results but needs our help to thrive and develop. It plays a vital role in the community. We work closely with St. Michael's Management to determine achievable priorities for its development. We then provide the funds relying on family, friends and increasingly people like you from further afield. As a small charity, staffed by volunteers, we are able to minimise costs. So far we have improved classrooms, built a sickbay and library/computer block. We pay the salary of a nurse, a librarian and a seamstress. We have provided a few computers, bought goats,chickens and pigs and provided sports equipment. Some cost a lot, some a little but all asked for by the School Management and targetted to make a difference to the pupils and staff. We fund school lunches for the day girls. This small maize porridge meal means they stay on rather than go home half-way through their learning day and have the energy to remain attentive. A number of generous donors sponsor the orphans at the school (38) lessening the cost to the school. The school provides a home for these children and they live on the campus all year round.
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Heads in the Sand fundraising page

Mark Mortimer, Julian Thomas

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We are two headmasters - of Wellington College, Berkshire and Warminster School, Wiltshire - who have decided to compete in the 2017 Marathon des Sables in Morocco. We are running to raise money for a new building at St Michael's School, a girls' primary school in rural Uganda.

In 1997 and 2004 Mark rowed across the Atlantic (pair and then solo) and in 2015 Julian walked to the South Pole. A running race across the Sahara seemed the logical next step!

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19.05.17 With encouragement for tour wonderful project

19.05.17 With all my admiration for the wonderful projet Christiane PAROD

15.05.17 Congratulations both of you.

03.05.17 What an amazing achievement,arguably the toughest foot race on the planet now under your belt guys. That's how to inspire a generation of kids ( and a 50 year old bloke!) Huge respect.


29.04.17 Congratulations on completing the race!

28.04.17 Congratulations on your fantastic achievement! (Wellington and Warminster students).


28.04.17 Well done. From the Fogg family.


26.04.17 Well done. Great Effort for a good cause.

22.04.17 Well done Julian - having run 1 marathon in ideal conditions I cannot imagine what 5 marathons feels like in the Sahara !

22.04.17 Well done a tremendous achievement for a very good cause.

22.04.17 Dear Mr Thomas Huge congratulations on your fantastic achievement! Best wishes the Huxtable family

22.04.17 Well done! Lola Thomson, 4th Form, Orange

21.04.17 Well done on a fantastic achievement!

21.04.17 From being frozen to being baked! Huge congratulations and much admiration to you both.

20.04.17 Well done on a magnificent achievement and to such a worthy cause also.


20.04.17 Congratulations to you both. Fantastic effort and a worthy charitable cause. Well done.

20.04.17 What an amazing acheivement. A worthy cause and a great thing to have ticked of your box of things to do. Hope you reach your target.

19.04.17 Awesome achievement - massive inspiration! Congratulations from the Tanner family (Wellington)

19.04.17 Fantastic stuff Morts!! - hope all is well. Macca

19.04.17 Congratulations from the Forshaw family. Outstanding achievement!

19.04.17 Congratulations to you both - an amazing achievement.


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