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[p]With Helping Uganda Schools (HUGS) Trustees Bob Blundell and Peter Mount approaching their 80th year (Peter has arrived there) we decided to do something special this year as a replacement for our regular HUGS Golf Event.[/p][p]"Let's cycle UK Coast to Coast ". So that's decided then and we set off on May 28th. Rotarian friend Richard Jacobs from Blythe Bridge, said "me too". So did Trustees Richard Bircher and Chris Bishop. Already a traffic jam. [/p][p]Its 10 years since HUGS started to raise money to build one of the best Special Needs Schools in Uganda. It's in Fort Portal and over the years many other charities have helped to develop the school. Now we are starting again with a very similar project in the east of Uganda, at Jinja, famous for being a source of the Nile. We work with Trusted Partners and in this case it is the Organisation for Parents of Deaf Children. The aim is to help create a self sustaining centre which will help to teach deaf children and perhaps those with other disabilities. It should also create clinical space for health interventions, and vocational training space to help give skills to the young people. OPDC has already made a very good start with local fund raising in Uganda and parents and their friends have offered their time and skills to help to build the centre. Rotary Blythe Bridge are helping too.[/p][p]This is not a project invented by HUGS in UK. It is the brainchild and dream of the local Director of OPDC, Sebastian, and his team. We know that local ownership is a key to success.[/p][p]HUGS has been able to fund the building of 6 schools over the last 24 years and currently over 1400 children attend them. School results are in the top 5% or so in the country. We also support 65 scholarships at school, further education and university and over 30 past scholarship holders are now working as doctors, nurses, midwives, engineers, teachers and agriculture specialist. They are creating their own careers and helping to build their country.[/p][p]We make sure that every penny of donor money is spent on the schools and the children. All travel and other administrative costs are met from non-donor money or private donations from Trustees.[/p][p]Can you help? And could you spread the message too?[/p][p]Pictures are Peter, Richard Jacobs, Bob Blundell with OPDC's Sebastian.[/p]