Project Africa is a Berkshire Scouts global awareness programme and was launched in 2010. Since the start of the project there have been 2 recce’s (2010 & 2014) and 2 project visits (2011 & 2015) to Uganda. In addition, many Scouts (mainly Beavers and Cubs) have been involved in the Project Africa Challenge Badge that encourages weekly programmes to help our young people understand the lives of their peers in a developing country. More than 2,000 challenge badges have been awarded!
The focus for the 2011 visit to Uganda was to complete project work at the Bukeka Children’s Centre (near Mityana) and the Kavule School for the Deaf
(near Mbale). New buildings (3 classrooms, kitchen/diner, and wash room) and general refurbishment took place at the schools. Contact and support remains in place with both schools.
Berkshire Scouts have been funding teacher wages at Bukeka for the past 3 years and have raised over £9,000. More recently, an additional £2,000 has been sent to the school so that electric can be connected to the school for the first time in its history. The next project is to support new floors for the classroom block built by Berkshire Scouts. Two local Beaver Scout Colonies from 2nd Thatcham have continued to sponsor two deaf children at Kavule and have so far raised over £2,000.
The more recent visit to Uganda (2015) was for project work at two rural schools north of Jinja (Butagaya and Iwololo primary schools). The project work was undertaken through Soft Power Education (SPE), a British charity working in central Uganda. Again, building work (3 new classrooms, 2 teacher houses, and refurbishment) was undertaken and completed at the school. In the past year, Berkshire Scouts have provided additional funding for further work at the two teacher houses and there is additional funding in place for rainwater harvesting schemes at both schools to be completed soon by SPE.
Fundraising by Berkshire Scouts to support the above projects is currently just under £100,000 . . . and the fundraising and project work continues!
Mick Stocks, Manager, Project Africa.