The journey begins
The UK charity was formed in 2009, having linked with a small team of Ugandans, mainly clergy operating in the name of Hands of Hope Ministry in the area of Lira, northern Uganda and became their largest source of funds by 2011. In 2011 the UK charity took the name Imara-Uganda Education Fund (IUEF). It continued to give grants to existing Hands of Hope Ministry beneficiaries. The work of IUEF is focused on Education and does not attempt to address other social and non-educational issues. The main categories for the children helped are:
- Orphans or children of parents who have deserted them.
- Children of a widow or single parent with virtually no income.
- Boys and girls who were abducted by the rebel army during the war.
- Girls whose formal education is considered by their family to be non-essential.
- Children of peasant or clergy families with very limited income.
- Children who are both seriously disadvantaged and disabled.
We Continue to Grow
At the AGM in March 2011 it was agreed to raise our level of involvement. All new beneficiaries would be awarded a suitably funded scholarship as agreed by the Trustees. The same year IUEF was registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales and a new CBO licence (Community Based Oganisation) for IUEF was established in the area of Lira.
A Ugandan Management Team was established providing excellent relevant skills locally. The first seven scholarships were awarded in 2011 and started in January 2012.
The charity continued to give fees support grants to the original Hands of Hope Ministry beneficiaries started in 2009.
The Ugandan management team creates a short list of suitable pupils for scholarships. The final selection is made by the trustees in the UK. Without help, the selected children would never have the opportunity to fulfil their learning potential through their childhood and early adult years.
The new scholarship programme was introduced in 2011. Each beneficiary receives a scholarship appropriate to their need. Full funding for their education up to their full potential is provided. Where appropriate the scholarship is based in a boarding school enabling a child to study away from a home without electricity (lighting) or water. This allows seriously disadvantaged children with natural academic ability to achieve their full education potential for themselves, their families and society at large.
The Resource Centre
In 2013 construction work began on the Resource Centre at Abia Primary School. Phase One, the library, was opened in September 2014. Children from a very poor background in Uganda have very limited experience of the wider world. By filling the library with many colourful books and photographs we hope to enable the children to read about people, places and things beyond their experience as well as reinforcing the things they are taught in the curriculum and the things that are part of their experience.