Aston students have been working with communities in Uganda to improve their quality of life through education by participating in ‘Project Uganda’, a development programme run by UK charity Soft Power Education.
This year represents the 4th consecutive year that Aston students have taken part in the scheme, with the 18 strong team raising almost £12,000 in aid donations this year. All donations go to pay for building and painting materials, as well as local workers’ wages.
This year the team was tasked with painting two schools in the Jinja district: Lubani, a local primary school with approximately 400 students and Mawoito which has over 800 students in attendance. The successful completion of these painting projects means that a welcoming learning environment for underprivileged children, as well as the opportunity for students to interact with people from vastly different backgrounds, has been created.
The students worked long days during the week and stayed at the picturesque ‘Nile River Camp’ at weekends to relax and participate in activities such as quad biking, white water rafting and a safari adventure in Bujagali Falls National Park.
MSc Supply Chain Management student Joshua Ellins who took part this year’s Project Uganda said: “In addition to working on the school buildings, we also helped in daily activities such as collecting water, playing with the children on breaks and participating in teaching some classes. The experience was fun, exciting and worthwhile and these activities helped to build relationships and friendships with the children which will never be forgotten.”
Words by Lawrence Heath and Louise Russell
3 August 2011