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Blog post by Dr Jan Webb, British GP and member of the Act4Africa Grains for Growth team. “When the chimney smokes we send the children to school.” These words, spoken to me by a Ugandan lady, puzzled me at first. I asked what she meant.......

By Jennifer Akullu, Lead Teacher, Kathy’s Kindergarten. In line with government guidelines and COVID-19 lockdown, Kathy’s Kindergarten was sadly closed for most of 2020.  However, thanks to the support of our donors, our teachers have contin...

By Jennifer Akullu – Lead Teacher Welcome to another year at Kathy’s Kindergarten, we are super excited to have sailed through our first 2 years so well, cheers to you for your support! We have something exciting to share with you! Meet our kinde...

By Sarah Istephan Marketing and Fundraising Manager We are enormously proud that Act4Africa were recently designated children’s charity at the 2020 UK Toy Inventors’ Dinner. Our thanks go to Suzanne Robinson at the multi-award winning toy and gam...

By Patrick Kigongo – Act4Africa Country Manager Uganda Uganda’s population is both young and rapidly growing.  Almost half the population is under 14 and those aged 15-24 years constitute a further 21%.  The country’s ability to provide for i...

By Alice Luesley and Alice Edwards-King, University of Birmingham Nursing Students Hello, we’re Alice and Alice. We’re currently studying nursing at the University of Birmingham. We have come out to Jinja for our nursing elective! We arrived Satu...

By Kathy’s Centre Head Teacher, Basil Amatre. Travis is 5 years old and is among the pioneer learners here at Kathy’s Kindergarten. He is a bright young learner and makes us feel proud of him as teachers, but another interesting factor is, he is ...

By Patrick Kigongo – Act4Africa Country Manager Uganda Patrick Kigongo Act4Africa General Manager (Uganda), updates us on the recent progress of the HEAL groups. Members of Sekadhikwe women’s group express excitement upon receiving their Hybrid G...

By Zohra Meghji, Act4Africa Volunteer UK Volunteer Zohra Meghji tells us why she chooses to volunteer with Act4Africa in the UK and some of the things she and her family have enjoyed doing. It’s been just over a year since I started volunteering at...

By Basil Amatre, Head Teacher As we enter our third term at Kathy’s Centre, headteacher, Basil Amatre, feeds back on parents’ and teachers’ views on the childrens’ experiences to date. We are so proud of what we have achieved at Kathy’s Kin...

By Maddy Rock, Fundraiser Taking on TrekFest is no mean feat but the challenge is simple – complete your chosen course!  For Maddie Rock and her team of GeoTrekkers this meant completing the 27 miles of footpaths and bridleways in the beautiful an...

By Sarah Read, University of Liverpool Medical Student Our medical elective students visit Mayuge– a chance to meet our kindergarten children and experience the power and struggles of a local health clinic. Apologies for the lack of updates but the...

by Moris Kabunzugwire – Act4Africa Project Manager Moris Kabunzugwire, Act4Africa Team Manager in Kasese, Western Uganda, brings us his latest report on the HEAL programme currently running for adolescent mothers in the district, thanks to the ...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager Officially opened September 2017, Kathy’s Centre is the beating heart of Act4Africa’s Ugandan operations and is the legacy of our late co-founder and early years teacher Kathy Smedley. To support Kathy’s Cen...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager Celebrating International Day of the Girl today in Uganda, Sharon, an Act4Africa Peer Educator trades places with Moris Kabunzugwire our Team Manager in Kasese, Western Uganda. Today young girls around the world s...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager After months of fundraising efforts and meticulous planning, construction on Kathy’s Centre is finally under way! With the ground breaking ceremony taking place at the start of last month, we are pleased to repo...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager Last Thursday in Uganda saw the groundbreaking ceremony for Kathy’s Centre take place, marking the eagerly anticipated beginning of construction for the health and education centre for women and children in May...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager In April 2016, Act4Africa were delighted to receive a cheque for £5,000 from Soroptimist International Manchester to celebrate their 90thanniversary.  Since then, the club have pledged a further £1,000 as part...

By Sarah Istephan, Marketing Manager It is with mixed feelings that we bring you news that Act4Africa’s Big Lottery funded project promoting HIV prevention and gender equality in Kasese, Western Uganda, has come to a close. It has been a challengin...

Martin Smedley, CEO The way to reduce levels of poverty, hunger and HIV, is to empower women. Unfortunately in many developing nations women are faced with societal and structural discrimination which suppresses their true potential. To change living...

By Alexandra, Act4Africa Intern HIV/AIDS has been with us now for 33 years. And yet misinformation and lack of knowledge about the disease persist in some parts of the world, most markedly in rural or disadvantaged communities. Our intern Alexandra h...

By Martin Smedley, CEO Anna told me that Malawi is well known for tea growing and since Act4africa came to her village she has benefitted by being able to invest in new premises.  Before she had 15 – 20 customers per day. Since joining an......

The ‘Act’ in ‘Act4Africa’ means more than just ‘do something’ – it’s about acting, in the theatrical sense. Our intern Max Hurst has been exploring what Theatre for Development (TfD) is, and why we use it here at Act4Africa… Musimbi...

This month saw us recognised with a USAid award for our contribution to family health via our Mayuge District-based Strides project. The Strides project, completed in 2012, was designed to help young people through improved access to sexual and repro...

It is now approaching five months since 276 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. It is nearly two years since Malala Yousafzai was shot on her way home from school in Swat, Pakistan. As we know, in some parts of the world,......

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