New boost for orphans project

Mike Willets demonstrates how to make fresh pineapple and banana muffins to the Ugandan women.
Mike Willets demonstrates how to make fresh pineapple and banana muffins to the Ugandan women.
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A project to start a school in the bush in Uganda to teach and feed 75 orphaned children has expanded.

Eight years ago Mike Willets built and started the school where no aid had previously reached.

The school now has seven classrooms and educates and feeds 320 children, mostly orphans.

Mike, from Warton near Carnforth, and his friends visit every year to mentor and further the project.

In January of this year, Mike and his friend Steve Dunstan went to Uganda with two special linked projects in mind.

Mike said: “The first was to promote a savings and loan scheme where Africans actually help themselves rather than wait for handouts from aid money and it is very successful.”

Mike and Steve were determined to introduce it into the village of Kitale and also to find the villagers new ways of making money.

To this end they set about building an oven to bake jacket potatoes, bananas with chocolate and even cakes all made with local ingredients.

Mike said: “This could be a great scheme and 24 women signed up there and then to a savings scheme to enable it.

“Twelve young men also signed up to a scheme to build ovens and all the teachers signed up to save for their retirement, a totally new concept to them.”

Mike’s main aim now is to get the school and the whole scheme to become self-supporting. Visit www.kitaleschooluganda.org to find out more about volunteering.