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Olaf’s trip to Uganda

Olaf arrives in Uganda

Finally doing what frozen things do in summer! Olaf is one of hundreds of toys recently donated to our new pre-school, due to open at Kathy’s Centre in September.  Olaf was donated, along with Princess Elsa, by Ellie Welsby, age 7, of St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School in Sale, Manchester.

Children at the school have donated hundreds of toys and education resources for our first ever pre-school. The children presented the toys to Martin, our chief exec, at an assembly at the school. Thanks to various volunteers travelling to Uganda to help paint and decorate the pre-school, many of these toys have now arrived at Kathy’s Centre.

Sorting the toys in Uganda

“We have been overwhelmed by the Sale children’s generosity, and thank them enormously.  The children in Mayuge, Uganda have nothing and these donations will really help us get Kathy’s Centre pre-school off the ground.” says Martin.

The pre-school forms part of our new multi-functional community health and education centre. Kathy’s Centre was the dream of Act4Africa co-founder Kathy Smedley, who, for 14 tireless years worked to bring education and health support to the poor and vulnerable, not only in Uganda but Tanzania and Malawi also. Sadly, Kathy passed away in 2014, but with this Act4Africa became even more determined to see her wish fulfilled.

As well as helping to run Act4Africa, Kathy was also a teacher at St Margaret Ward School in Sale and set up the nursery class there. As an early years teacher, Kathy was passionate about improving standards of education in Uganda, especially in the vital pre-school years.

Nursery children at St Margaret Ward School with donated toys

Jason Hughes, Head Teacher at St Margaret Ward said, “We are proud to be supporting Act4Africa in their new venture.  Children and staff at the school remember Mrs Smedley and her dedication to the nursery at St Margaret Ward.  We are delighted to help fulfil her dream of a flagship early years school in Uganda.”

We still have a way to go to reach our target to complete the centre with internal fixtures and fittings and external ground works. Donations towards the £35k target for this can be made here.