School Solar project lights up community of Nabugabo

An inspiring community project from 3 students at Sotogrande International School This initiative is a brilliant example of how students at Sotogrande International School (SIS) are using their education as a force for good. Three students from SIS teamed up with sustainable lamp company ‘Little Sun‘ and, through crowd funding, they were able to provide 102 Little Suns to families without electricity in the Nabugabo community. Alongside the HUGE partnership, SIS supports the Nabugabo Community and the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre through fundraising initiatives and have also visited several times. As well as handing out the Little Suns, on their
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The Ark

The Nabugabo Community Learning Centre (NCLC) serves rural village communities in Masaka District and many of the children live with extended family members and all would be classified as orphans and vulnerable children as defined by the United Nations. Transportation to and from school presents a problem for some younger children. Many live up to 10km away from school and for some of the youngest children, the only means of travel is on foot. During the rainy season this becomes especially difficult. Most children arrive at school unfed, exhausted and consequently struggle to learn, and then they are faced with
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HUGE visit – April 2016

Mel Batten, one of the HUGE trustee has written an update on the latest trip to Nabugabo, a fantastic insight into all the work happening in the community. On the 29th March, with 250kg of bags packed with very generous donations including baby clothes, school shoes, school uniform, sports kit, football boots, home clothes, African reading books and medical kit we made our HUGE Easter trip to Nabugabo, Uganda. Our team included Marc and Simon Batten, brothers of Dave and both teachers, and Dylan, Dave’s son. We received a wonderful welcome from our friends and the community with a fantastic
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Pangbourne College

Pangbourne College are another of our wonderful school partnerships based in the UK who have taken the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre to heart. Pangbourne College are preparing for their first trip to Nabugabo this summer; 32 students and 5 staff members will spend 3 weeks visiting the community and the school. Whilst in Nabugabo, the Pangbourne staff and students will support the community with a number of projects including; creating new agriculture opportunities on the newly developed farm making improvements to the school grounds providing educational support (particularly sports, reading and music) for pupils in Nabugabo and the surrounding communities  
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School Minibus

The Nabugabo Community Learning Centre is approximately 25kms from the nearest town, Masaka, and can only be reached by dirt road. As well as trading and craftsman, Masaka has the closest hospital to the school and more often than we would like, children have to be rushed to the town. There are very few vehicles in the village, let alone a minibus, which can make this trip even more problematic. One of the HUGE Partnerships goals for 2015 was to purchase a vehicle that could be used by both the school and community to reach town and thanks to your kind donations
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The Tales of Nabugabo – Bassaleg school

Following Bassaleg’s Assistant Headteacher, Marc Batten’s first visit to Nabugabo Community Learning Centre, NCLC, in 2012, Bassaleg School pupils have taken the school to their hearts. Fundraising has raised over £8000 to date and they have helped to fund the building of a three pot stove in the new brick kitchen building, kitting out the food storage room with lockable cupboards, converting a store room to a library for all year groups and funding porridge for a year to enable the pupils to have breakfast when they arrive in school, ensuring that they enjoy two meals a day. By far the biggest
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HUGE visit, Easter 2015

The HUGE team of 11 enthusiastic and willing volunteers (and 700kg of donations) headed out to Nabugabo over Easter. We spent six days volunteering at the school and in the community. The last time I visited was two years ago; 30 children were enrolled in the school and the resources available were limited…the difference now was unbelievable. Improvements in infrastructure, equipment and resources were noticeable, but the biggest change was the children; 99 kids, all in uniform, receiving 2 meals a day, progressing in their lessons and making friends outside of them. When the children first joined NCLC, they had
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New building works, and cows!

It been an exciting and very busy few months at the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre. Substantial building works have been going on and it has been wonderful to see the progress that’s been made. Two more classrooms have been added as well as staff quarters to enable 2 new teachers to live on site. We have also developed a partnership with a local businessman who has donated 50 cows to the community. The partnership means in 3 years the community will have returned the investment through the milk produced and will now own the cows. They will also keep a
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Health Centre in Nabugabo

The HUGE team recently visited Nabugabo and part of their visit included supplying the area with the beginnings of a health centre. This was organised with the help of Medical Aid CIC who provided us with the equipment and support to fly it across. Large donations of medicines were also delivered which has enabled the health centre to become fully stocked. This equipment is basic but it is an improvement on having to travel 7km to access similar basic facilities that are poorly resourced. Your continued support will help this centre grow and provide continued healthcare to the whole community.
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