Bucks char­ity builds farm in East Africa

Project starts with 3,000 hens and well pro­vid­ing fresh wa­ter

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Con­trib­uted

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed waste trans­fer sta­tion

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

MUCK­ING IN: Make a Dif­fer­ence vol­un­teers are help­ing with ed­u­ca­tion, sport and food

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