For the last six years, the generosity of St David’s College parents, pupils, colleagues and friends have supported Jolly Mercy a primary school in Uganda.
The class known as P7, is made up of 27 children aged between 12 and 18, and with your help we can give them a trip of a lifetime like we have been able to do in the past.
A group from SDC in July is set to spend a few day’s working in Jolly Mercy school, getting to know the pupils and preparing them for the trip. The visit takes the pupils to the country's famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Miss Calder who has been to Uganda on numerous occasions, and is set to move there permanently this summer, explains why the trip means so much to the Ugandan children.
She said: "This opportunity may sound like nothing to people in the West but to these children, who have been looking forward to this throughout their primary education it is like winning the lottery."
She continued: "The children come from a background of social deprivation on a scale that we probably would find difficult to believe."
"Some of these children may be orphans and live in orphanages," she explained.
"Most don’t even have access to basic hygiene such as soap and running water and have none of the material goods that our children take for granted."
For a lot of these children this may be their last year of education as many parents may not be able to afford a secondary education for their child. This makes the trip especially poignant for them – it is not only something to look forward to but something to create many incredible memories that they can look back on, having shared time and new experiences with their friends.
"They will go on a three-day, two-night trip to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where they will visit local schools and see how people in different parts of Uganda live."
Miss Calder continued: "They will do activities, learn and play team sports, have debates and spend time being children and having fun without the pressures of having to earn money."
The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the safari in the National Park. The children will have the opportunity to see a variety of animals including lions, hippo's and elephants. The only other time that they would normally see these creatures are in storybooks and these children would never be able to afford to see them in real life without this opportunity.
How you can help
To run this trip for twenty-seven children for three days will cost £2,000. This will cover everything for all the children - accommodation, travel, food, safari and insurance. It is amazing value, and this will change lives for the better. Every donation, no matter how small, towards this trip makes a real impact on the lives of this Ugandan children.