Who we are
Discovery Trust supports humanitarian projects in Uganda, East Africa. Working through a local church, we provide support for orphans, student sponsorship and micro-enterprise projects. The trust is run entirely by experienced volunteers, we do not deduct anything from your giving for our own costs, nor does our Ugandan partner.
Once described by Winston Churchill as the Pearl of Africa, today Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 82% of the population estimated to be earning less than a dollar a day.
- In the 1990s the country was ravaged by AIDS, with up to 30% of adults testing HIV positive in urban areas at the peak of the epidemic.
- Successful health education reduced this to around 6%, but the disease left 1.2 million children orphaned.
- Many older adults have been left to care and provide for their grandchildren after their own children perished from AIDS. Over 52% of the population is less than 15 years old.
- A basic level of education is provided by the state for all children, but schools are under-resourced and class sizes of up to 75 students are common. Many parents make huge sacrifices to send their children to private schools.
- Youth unemployment nationally is 22.3%, and 32.2% in the capital.
Your donation, however small, can help us to give food and shelter, and the opportunity of education and employment, to a young person who would otherwise be denied it. Thank you.
Ugandan orphans receive gifts of toys sent by families in the UK