Thanks to the generosity of parents and staff at the Carol Service a much-needed motorcycle taxi has been bought for the Kyambura Village Football Club, in Uganda.
Biology teacher Luke Pettitt explained at the Carol Service how the collection would go to help a small rural community in Uganda.
Over the past decade SDC pupil teams and Zoe Calder has helped build and develop a camp site to attract tourists and bring work for local residents. St David’s has also collaborated with a small coffee co-operative made up of women with HIV - this led to us bringing some of the surplus green beans back to the UK and roasting them in and selling the beans locally to support our educational projects in Uganda. Last summer St David’s also built a full-size netball court which is now the best in the area and the village will become essentially the Netball Academy in the region.
Rev Hall said: “We have developed a very close relationship with the football club over the years.”
“This is really the social heart of the village and the ‘youth club.’ “Through the club young people develop sporting skills but also they are encouraged to stay in school, develop life and entrepreneurial skills and children are supported to prevent them dropping into crime or drugs.”
During the meeting it was revealed the club had pulled out of the local league because finances had dried up.
The new Chairman stepped in to try to create a rescue bid and Rev Tim Hall discussed with him a sustainable business plan which would allow the club committee to manage the finances of the club and bring financial stability, to give the team the best chance of staying in the league and playing to a high level.
The aim of our appeal is to fund the purchase of three “boda boda” motorcycle taxis for the Kyambura Village Football Club.
These boda bodas are the main way local people travel and they are and always in high demand. The club will run the motorcycles as an income stream to fund the running and administrative costs of the club.
“This project will not only raise the essential funding to stabilise the club, but will give young people direct work as the boda boda riders,” said Rev Hall.
Each boda costs around £900 - at the Carol Service we raised enough to buy one, we were pledged one and now we are looking to complete the project by raising the final sum for the third.
Mr Pettitt said: "We were honestly overwhelmed by the generosity from parents and people from the local community at the Carol Service, it was an incredible response.
"It will do immediate good in the local community."
If you feel you would like to support this project our pupils are involved in then we have set up an on-line giving platform via our associate charity Link International Innovation - click here https://linkinternational.charitycheckout.co.uk/bodaboda.