Can you help bring education to young people in Uganda and Rwanda?

HUGS is a no overhead charity which has developed a range of programmes to bring education and skills development to the very youngest and to mature students in Uganda and Rwanda. We believe that it is only through education that so many of Africa and the World's problems can be solved.

"Education is the great engine of personal development"

 - Nelson Mandela
The safety and protection of children has become increasingly recognised by society all over the world. As a Charity we have UK policies but since we do not run the Uganda or Rwanda Schools the main focus of our attention is to do everything in our power to remind our partners and to help with sharing UK experience.
Trustee Denise Ead has developed some excellent and readable guidelines for teachers and we are endeavouring to make them available to all our teachers.
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New Event

On June 3rd 2015 we are having our major and biggest fund raiser of the year. It is the 5th Annual Golf Event to be held at Romiley Golf Club.

If you would like to play or support please click here 

Donations can made here 

July 2013 saw the opening of our new primary school at Rukira in Rwanda and Trustees, Denise Ead and Peter Mount went there for the opening event. Bringing together the children of all tribal and faith background so that they grow up to respect and share a culture and beliefs is something which might play a part in healing some of the wound of the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda is a beautiful country and well worth a visit.

Our big 2015 project is to continue the development of the Asili secondary school for girls in Lira, northern Uganda.

The school is being built and the first class opens in February 2015. We hope to have a sanitary block and dormitory complete by June. The school is being built close the the primary school which our Uganda partners have built.

Girls get very little chance of secondary education in much of Africa and this new project is addressing this very serious social division. We believe that girls should have choice in life and their careers just as boys do.

About Us

Helping Uganda Schools started in 1995 with the aim of helping to pay for the education of 15 children who lived in a very rural area of Uganda.

The ideas grew and local support and enthusiasm of villagers and parents got us thinking that maybe we could help to fund the purchase of land and the building of a primary school so than many more could be educated.

This was successful and St Zoes opened in 2001. In 2007 we were asked if we could fund a secondary school and this opened in 2010.

And also in 2007 we were asked if we could help fund a school for children with learning disabilities. This causse was enthusiastically supported by our donors and Good Shepherd School opened in 2009.

We raise money from personal donations and from events and make sure that all donor money goes to the schools and the children and others who we are helping.

 If you would like to see details of the Charity including details of the trust deed, trustees, and accounts please look at the UK charity commission web site which holds up to date information.

Child Protection


Marnies Story


Channel M - Interview

Channel M interview with Peter Mount

Our Projects

Pre school and Orphanage at Lira

Even now, many years after the war lord Joseph Kony is believed to have left Uganda the damage he did to communities is still there. Sr. Demmy runs a wonderful orphanage in Lira which gives up to 50 children the best practical start in life and in learning.

Pre school and Orphanage at Lira


St Zoe's  is the first project which we helped to start in 2000. St Zoes Primary has achieved some really great results which are normally in the top 6 for achievements out of about 450 schools in the region.
During 2014 the Gogonya Sisters took over running the schools. The big annual Primary 7 National Exam results once more puts St Zoes in the top 10% of Uganda Schools


Thanks to the ORANGE Foundation in Paris we have been able to create and Internet Cafe for the staff and the children at St. Zoes Secondary School. This is a first in Uganda and could open up all sort of possibilities.

It is only when you drive across Uganda and Rwanda that you are reminded how much we take the Internet for granted.

Good Shepherd Special School

Children with learning disabilities often get no education at all or if they do then it can be very stressful for them. The pictures show the school, a tug of war and the school fish farm.

Disability does not mean Inability and Good Shepherd now has 6 classes and 120 day school pupils. There is a high teacher ratio and thanks to some good friends an outreach programme was started in 2012.

Sr. Theresa decided that some of the children might be able to take the Primary 7 National Exams at the end of 2014. 9 took them and 5 got the very highest grade 1 scores. This is truly wonderful for a school teaching children with learning difficulties and other disabilities.

Vocational School

Wood work, knitting and garment making are key skills for children to learn.

Although are small vocational programmes at Good Shepherd and at Rukira.  The big project is to establish one for secondary and hopefully for adults at St Zoes in the future. This has suffered many delays and we had hoped to start it nearly 3 years ago. But hopefully it will commence in February 2015.


Rwanda had some dreadful recent history and so much infrastructure was destroyed as were the lives of several hundred thousand people. Our friends the Banyatereza Sisters are working to create a really excellent primary  school about an hour from Kigali.

This school is aimed at integrating all tribal groups and different faith groups and hopes to be important part of the healing after the genocide of 1995

We finished the school in 2014 and there are now nearly 300 children attending.

HUGS helped to start this new school in 2011 and a very generous Dutch charity paid for the first classrooms. 
In addition to the school Trustee Matt Houghton has funded and manages a sport programme both at Rukira and at Good Shepherd at Fort Portal
We are piloting a business enterprise idea run by the school to raise money for better food for the children.

What we do

HUGS started in 1995 when a group of friends living near Stockport England got together to see if we could fund the primary school education of 15 orphaned children. Two years later seeing how keen people were to help us the idea grew that perhaps we could support the local villagers, who lived in a rural area about 4 hours from Kampala,  to build there own school and teach many more children. Since then the first school has been really successful and now over 450 children are attending the the school examination results have been among the best in the region.

How many have been helped

Over the years since 1995 we estimate that up to 2000 children have benefitted from the HUGS programmes.



Where it is located

We support the Lira Babies Home in the North of Uganda where up to 50 abandoned or orphaned children are given a safe and loving home . They are place with relatives or other families when they reach the age of about 4.

What is costs

It costs £14000 per year to run the Lira babies Home and this works out at about £3 per child per week. Donors may wish to tell us to direct their contributions to this cause specifically.


Primary Education
St Zoes grew from a child sponsorship idea and local parents and villagers played a major part in building the school.

Where it is located

St Zoes Day and Boarding Primary School opened in 2001 and teaches 370 pupils with two thirds of them boarders. It has been achieving some of the very highest results of all the schools in the region
The school is in the south of Uganda.

What is costs

It costs about £3 per week during term time for a day pupil to attend St Zoes. They are provided with school meals and help with uniform costs. This covers all teaching and meals and other costs.


Secondary Education
The Primary and Secondary Schools employ over 50 staff and have created income for nearly 600 people. This includes teaching and non teaching staff (50) and many other who work on the large farm or whose livelihood comes in part from having a role in the school or its supply chain. 

Where it is located

St Zoes Secondary School started in 2008 in response to requests from the village and tribal leaders. With only one very poor secondary school in the area we found that nearly 600 children were competing for 100 places in secondary school.
St Zoes now has 140 children attending. It is in the south of Uganda.

What is costs

School costs are about £120 per year for day pupils and a further £240 per year if they are boarding.


Vocational Education
Phase one is for secondary school aged children

Where it is located

St Zoes Vocational School will add a range of practical skills to the curriculum of the secondary school. Skills will include building, wood work, garment making, tropical agriculture and sport.

What is costs

Budgets for this project which should start in the autumn are now being developed.

Over time we hope this may give us the knowledge and experience to extend the project to adult skills development.


Children with Learning disabilities
Good Shepherd gives a lot of attention to practical and vocational skills including woodwork, garment making and basket making.

Where it is located

Children with disabilities such as learning problems rarely get any educational help in Uganda. Parents see now reason to try. If the children to get to a primary school which often has 100 children in a class they get bullied and ignored.

Good Shepherd School for children with learning disabilities has been funded by HUGS and now teaches 120 children. An outreach programme supported by friends now brings opportunities to children who could not normally get to Good Shepherd.

What is costs

The school opened in 2009 and as its reputation has grown more and ore parents are finding ways to help pay the costs. But we need to subsidise and support the running costs each year although the main building programmes have now been completed


Further Education
A scholarship scheme will open opportunities for many to go on to relevant further education.

Where it is located

"G" is a nun has now completed her Medical Degree Course funded by HIGS and is now working in a major hospital in Kampala.
"M" is a young man living in Rwanda who starts at University in September 2012 to study business and finance.
"D" is a student lawyer living in Fort Portal for whom we were able to assist with University fees.
We have 6 undergraduate and 10 secondary scholarship holders as we enter 2015.

What is costs

Univerity fees range from about £500 to £1200 per year. On top of this the cost of books, accomodation and meals adds a further £500 to £700 per year depending in the course being taken.
A year at Medical School cost about £2000 per year all included.


Land Buildings and Agriculture

What it includes

Over the years since 1995 we have given a great deal of attention to providing the land and buildings to allow St Zoes and Good Shepherd and now St Theresa's to develop. St Zoes has over 100 acres of land to allow the children to be fed. There are cows, goats, pigs, a fish farm, and crops such as maize, cassava, potatoes, beans, hens etc.

What is costs

Feeding the children is an important part of school life and many children would get very little at home. Running farms of over 100 acres and finding water can be real challenges particularly at St Zoes which is in a dry belt of Uganda. 

HUGS Trustees  6 The Ceal, Compstall, Stockport  Greater Manchester SK6 5LQ

Registered Charity Nos.
1098176, Charity Unique Code QAQ87ZG

Peter W Mount CBE, Denise Ead, Dr Joanna Bircher, Robert Blundell, Christopher Bishop, Charlotte Brinsley, Matt Houghton

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