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Altrincham,Greater Manchester
WA14 4ND

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0161 941 1435

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Charity number
1092074

Kathy's Centre

Kathy

We started Kathy's Fund in memory of our late co-founder Kathy Smedley, who died in August 2014.  With this money we have built our first community health and education facility, Kathy's centre.  In September 2017 we reached a milestone with the official opening of the Centre.  Please help us reach our target, to ensure we can fully equip the Centre and ensure its sustainability. 

Opening ceremony

Click on photo to see video of opening ceremony

What is Kathy's Centre

Built on a 3-acre plot, close to Mayuge Town, South Eastern Uganda, Kathy's Centre provides the community, including vunerable women and children of the district, with vital health and support services, pre-school education, a youth club and agricultural, enterprise and financial literacy training.

The centre draws together all the issues that mattered most to Kathy under one roof.  We can't think of a better way to celebrate her life.

Kathy's Centre

Kindergarten

The Kindergaten, opening February 2018 at the start of the next academic year, will provide a first-class education for 90 of Mayuge's children aged 3-6, including AIDS orphans and children of adolescent mothers.  Without Kathy's Centre, these children would, quite simply, not be educated during these formative years.

Youth Club

The youth of Mayuge are engaged and receive life skills and health education at the Youth Club, gaining social and communications skills to help them gain meaningful employment.

youth club

HIV Testing and Counselling

The rural district of Mayuge has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in Uganda (10%).  Kathy's Centre provides a permanent base for Act4Africa's HIV & STI testing and Counselling services at the heart of the community in need; increasing knowledge, improving health and literally saving lives.

Micro-finance and Enterprise Training

Women attending the Centre receive information and training sessions on gender equality, women's rights, sexual health, basic business skills, animal husbandry and agricultural skills.  Adolescent mothers and young women develop skills to gain economic independence and a voice in communities where women are often silenced.

Training

Goat Farm

The surrounding land will be developed as a model goat farm.  The goat farm enables us to train the local community in best practice for animal husbandry and basic veterinary skills.  It also provides sustainability to out HEAL Project. HEAL group members are given goats to breed themselves, providing women and girls with access to their own income, enabling them to support themselves and their families.

Goat Farm

Goaty McGoatface

Brick Making

An eco-friendly brick making machine also helps provide an income for Kathy's Centre itself, ensuring it continues to have a positive impact on local lives for years to come.  The Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB) press was donated to Act4Africa by EfOD, following construction of Kathy's Centre.  Local labourers were trained to use the press to make the high-quality bricks to build the centre.  Two of them are now employed by Act4Africa to make bricks for sale to the communities of Mayuge district.

Brick making staff

A Flagship Building

Efod logo

We partnered with Engineers for Overseas Development (EfOD), a charity run by young professionals from the construction industry, to ensure Kathy's Centre was built sustainably and to a high-quality standard.  Together we developed an eco-friendly design for the building, complete with solar panels and modern EcoSan toilets with disabled access.  Training of the local workforce and construction commenced on 4th August 2016 and, thanks to the fantastic work of EfOD volunteers, the shell of the Centre was completed in January 2017.  The internal fit-out of the Centre was carried out during 2017 and was completed by the official opening in September

partnering with EfOD

click on photo to see video of construction

Why does Mayuge need Kathy's Centre?

Gender inequality in rural Uganda is entrenched.

  • Poverty, gender bias, and teenage marrige and/or pregnancy contribute to just 40% of girls attending primary school, and only 15% completing their secondary education.  Girls who fall pregnant are often excluded from school and prevented from returning to continue their education after the baby is born.
  • High rates of teenage pregnancy lead to unsafe abortions and death in childbirth for girls simply too young to bear children.
  • Women are too often denied the confidence, knowledge, or power to demand safe-sex practice from their partners.
  • Poverty and lack of opportunity forces many girls into the sex-work industry, or lures them into harmful relationships with older men promising money or gifts.
  • These inequalities mean women constitute 2/3 of those living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

woman and baby

Extreme poverty leads to lack of education and opportunity.

In rural Uganda, 20% of people live on less than £1 a day.  Education plays such an important role in lifting the population from poverty, yet children in Uganda have, on average, less than 6 years total schooling.  An early years teacher herself, Kathy knew the importance of early childhood development and of giving children the best start in life.  90% of our brain develops before the age of 5.  The future of Africa lies with the well-being of its children. Today's investment in children is tomorrow's peace, stability, security, democracy and sustainable development.

Kathy's Centre, with its combined health and education facilities, aims to break the mother-to-child cycles of poverty, ill-health, inequality, and lack of opportunity that condemn local families.

mother and child

How can you help?

We have big plans for Kathy's Centre, but we still desperately need your donations to fully equip the Centre and recruit and train staff, in particular teaching staff and youth workers.  We currently need donations towards:

  • educational resources and equipment for the Kindergaten
  • audio-visual equipment, pool table, table football etc., for the youth club
  • furniture and resources for the HIV/STI testing and counselling rooms

If you can donate on a regular basis:

£200 a month will train and pay the salary of one teacher

£15 a month will pay for a child's fees, uniform, lunch and hand soap

£5 a month will pay for regular health checks, vitamins and vaccinations for a child

Please help us make Kathy's Centre the beating heart of Act4Africa and a support, education and health hub for the people of Mayuge District, Uganda.

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