Fundraiser brings hope

Southern Telegraph - - News -

A fundraiser in Bal­divis this month will help raise money for ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for needy chil­dren in Uganda.

House of Hope Uganda has been run by res­i­dent Wendy Pollock since 2011, and helps ed­u­cate Ugan­dan chil­dren to en­sure a bet­ter life, gain em­ploy­ment and a sense of pur­pose in life, and to im­prove dis­abled chil­dren’s qual­ity of life with bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal treat­ments.

“I go ev­ery year to Uganda to plan the year for the stu­dents and set up their study path­ways,” Ms Pollock said.

“Since we have pre­vi­ously done a lot of in­fra­struc­ture, we are now con­cen­trat­ing on ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional stud­ies.

“Cur­rently, we are support- ing seven stu­dents in Salaama Vo­ca­tional and Ed­u­ca­tional Col­lege, three at the Kyetume School of Nurs­ing in the Lwengo district, one at a teach­ers’ col­lege, five at a very rep­utable sec­ondary school in Masaka and one at ju­nior school.

“One of our stu­dents has just fin­ished her hair­dress­ing course and is now work­ing and earn­ing a liv­ing and is be­gin­ning to look af­ter her­self, which is great.

“Next year, if funds per­mit, we would like to place an­other five stu­dents into vo­ca­tional cour­ses but that is if funds per- mit.” To help fund its pro­grams, House of Hope Uganda is host­ing a quiz night on Septem­ber 29 at the Vibe Life­style Vil­lage Club­house, 124 Sixty Eight Road in Bal­divis.

Tick­ets are $15 per per­son and book­ings of eight per ta­ble are pre­ferred. The quiz night is BYO food and drink, and there will also be raf­fles and games.

Do­na­tions on the night are ap­pre­ci­ated. Reser­va­tions are es­sen­tial on 9524 4650 or 0401 320 390, or house­ofhope, by Septem­ber 25. For de­tails, visit house­ofhopeu­

Janeanah and Iil­ian work on sewing ma­chines.

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