Bucks charity builds farm in East Africa
Project starts with 3,000 hens and well providing fresh water
A BUCKINGHAMSHIRE charity is helping to build a farm in Africa.
Make a Difference (MAD), from Chalfont St Peter, bought five acres of land in Uganda last year and has since built a well which provides up to 1,000 litres of water an hour.
It has received its first batch of chickens and has welcomed volunteers from Bucks to help children in the country’s Kampala.
MAD fundraiser Ruth Webber said: “It’s an amazing project that the people of South Bucks have made happen.
“We wanted to do more than just send aid parcels.
“The intention behind the farm is to provide a sustainable source of revenue for the network of projects we support in Kampala.”
MAD works with networking trust Children
capital at Risk Action Network (CRANE).
Mrs Webber added: “The CRANE network is brilliantly positioned to let us know exactly what and where the needs are, allowing us to make the best use of our resources and to assist the projects and children in the most helpful way. It helps us here in Buckinghamshire reach out to over 20,000 vulnerable children across the city of Kampala.” The farm in the village of Kalule received 3,000 chicks in March and is now selling eggs.
Janet Gaukroger, from Chalfont St Peter, started MAD after a family trip to a children’s home in Uganda in 2006.
She said: “MAD is about getting involved in something that’s local, in projects that unite and strengthen us as a community as we work together, to directly make a difference to children in difficult circumstances who are thousands of miles away.”
Ten volunteers from Chalfont St Peter went to Kampala last month to run sports camps for the city’s most vulnerable children. Year three teacher Nicky Haines, from Robertswood School in Denham Lane, also spent her summer holiday in Kampala helping at centres for girls who have dropped out of school.
The charity has been helped by Bucks supporters, including 12 who did the Gerrards Cross Fun Run in May.
CONTROVERSIAL: An artist’s impression of the proposed waste transfer station
MUCKING IN: Make a Difference volunteers are helping with education, sport and food