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Past pupil John Njendahayo and his wife Sophie and Father Peter with the Archbishop elect, pictured at the opening of the new school with St David's School Chaplain Rev. Tim Hall.

Thousands of young lives will be transformed thanks to the opening of a new college in Uganda, and it’s all down to the efforts of past pupils and our staff that has made this long-held ambition a reality. The Archbishop of Uganda and school Chaplain Rev. Tim Hall will officially open Nkuru Business and Vocational College later this week. Over £300,000 was raised through SDC charity Link International to develop and build the college which will eventually welcome 120 pupils, and has created 23 full-time jobs and 13 part-time. The college offers a range of vocational courses such as building, hair and beauty, textile design, and catering so that pupils can go on to flourish in the jobs market and be able to earn a living for themselves. Sadly at present 70% of children in Uganda never go to secondary school because of the cost. Based in rural Mityana, the campus boasts purpose built, environmentally sustainable classrooms, workshops, an IT lab, and boarding facilities. It also has a community Hair and Beauty Salon, and ‘Sophie’s World Community Restaurant’, both of which are used by students and staff as well as being frequented by members of the surroundings communities. At one end of the college campus is Kids Joy Nursery School, providing high quality education for children in their pre-school years.

Rev. Tim Hall pictured with three former St David's College pupils, Julius, Zoe and John with the Archbishop elect of Uganda .

Rev. Tim Hall who has been working on various projects in Uganda since the early 1990s said: “The vision of Link International was, and still is to be ‘a charity that engages people in exploring innovative ways to alleviate poverty, promote creative education and support health care projects in poor communities.” He continued: “Our pupils have been going to Uganda since 2005, worked in Katwe and Kiseyni developing schools and then, out of the various dreams and ideas of the young people, projects have emerged.”

These extraordinary projects that have improved the lives of countless people in Uganda includes the Queen Elizabeth Campsite in Kyambura. The campsite is located very close to the national park, and it has become a popular spot for tourists. The wealth generated by the camp goes to the rural village of Kyambura. The charity has also gone on to develop the Maya Medical Centre, which specialises in pre and post-natal care. Particular mention must go to Christina Ramsay who, whilst part of a St David’s team at 17-years of age found that she could not ignore the life-threatening lack of health facilities for women and children living in rural areas. Christina started working with John Njendahayo, to find a sustainable solution and later the same year work began on a project to build a pilot medical centre, with particular emphasis on maternity care, in the Maya area of outer Kampala: the Maya Medical Hub was born.

“There are too many people in this world who are dream stealers,” said Rev. Hall.

He continued: “People putting others down saying so and so ‘will never work’, I’m more of a “let’s do it” person. “Not having the money to do something is no excuse-there is always a way.”


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