The Zuri Project Uganda was co-founded in 2015 by Ross Young and Martin Hewell. The objective of our organisation is to partner with grassroots organisations in the village of Kihembe in Uganda, and support the delivery of a variety of projects that provide better access to services for community members.
The Zuri Project is currently chaired by four trustees: Ross Young, Greig Young, Joe Matthews and Kate Purchase.
(Our main partner, Opportunity Africa, is a registered Ugandan NGO operating in the village of Kihembe, SouthWestern Uganda)
The reason why The Zuri Project was established, was a direct result of the transformational vision of one man: Herbert Niwagaba. Tragically, Herbert died in 2017, but his legacy lives on through the projects that we design and deliver today.
(Herbert was a pioneer, a leader and a visionary and is as inspiring in death as he was during his short life)
Since 2015, we have delivered many projects, including:
– Building Kihembe Community Vocational Secondary School
(The first intake of students standing in front of Kihembe Community Vocational Secondary School in 2018)
– Redeveloping Kihembe Health Centre
(Our biggest project at the health centre thus far has been building staff quarters, which provide a safe and comfortable home for doctors and nurses that have to travel long distances to work at the community facility)
– Supporting the ongoing development of Kishunju Nursery and Primary School
(The beginning of the construction of new, permanent classrooms at Kishunju in 2019. We’ve supported Kishunju Nursery and primary School since 2015 and we’re proud of the progression the school has made during this time)
You can read more about our projects by scrolling through our blog as we’ve detailed our journey.
We work by partnering with Opportunity Africa, an organisation that is based in Kihembe and has a team of staff that is dedicated to supporting the delivery of the projects that we fund. Herbert created this organisation to act as a body of representatives for the community of Kihembe. Today it is led by the talented Monica Agaba who is supported by Bright, Jimz, Moses & Marion.
(Some of our team, including teachers from the secondary school welcoming Zuri trustee Greig to Uganda in March 2020)
We also partner with many organisations in the UK in order to carry out our work, and we’re delighted to be partnered with Arden Academy in Knowle as well as The Rotary Club of Knowle and Dorridge, who both support our work in Uganda.
(Zuri director Ross with Arden Academy students Frankie Smith, Eoin Russell, Ashleigh Lawrence & Nihal Bhatt who visited Uganda in April 2019. Also in the photo is Colin Winstone of The Rotary Club of Knowle and Dorridge, who is receiving a cheque to donate to Zuri thanks to the fundraising efforts of the students)
You can watch a short video clip of the students with Monica in Uganda by following this link.
Ross is also the founder and CEO of Bora Coffee Co, an independent coffee shop based in Shirley, Solihull. Much of the funding for our projects in Uganda comes from Bora. You can learn more about Bora by visiting their website and feel free to buy some of their delicious coffee!
If you’re interested in partnering with us, or have any questions about any of our projects, then we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please email Ross – email@example.com with any questions. To donate to our projects in Uganda, please follow this link.
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