Support Uganda is a small group of friends in Penrith who raise funds to assist projects in the Manafwa district of Eastern Uganda.
The group funds health and hygiene initiatives for children and young people, particularly girls, where support focuses on menstrual hygiene. Without sanitary pads, girls often miss a week of school each month and, as a result, rarely get the same chance as boys to complete their education and are unlikely to reach their full potential for employment.
The group is supported by staff and pupils from the Elgon International Health Institute, a training college for health workers. The project supplies packs of reusable sanitary pads and underwear to girls in a targeted high school each year, whilst also revisiting the schools from previous years. Later this year a third school will roll out the programme.
The support group started in 2014, following a visit to Uganda by Kath Hetherington. Kath took a six month sabbatical to undertake voluntary work in Uganda and has travelled back each year since to continue the work.
The group recently held a successful Quiz Night at Langwathby Village Hall to raise funds and the next event is a table top sale and coffee morning at the United Reformed Church hall in Lowther Street, Penrith, 10.00am – 2.00pm on Saturday 28 October. There will be stalls selling books, CDs, jigsaws and bric-a-brac, as well as serving coffees, teas and soup. This will be the last event before Kath’s next trip in Uganda in November.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the work of Support Uganda can contact Kath on 01768 867362.