UK Friends of Healing Focus (UKHF)

(Unverified non-profit organisation)

Run by a small team of Trustees, UK Friends of Healing Focus (UKHF) works in partnership with the Healing Focus Orphanage Centre (Ugandan NGO) to provide education, relieve the poverty and sickness of vulnerable and orphaned children aged between three and fifteen in Busiiro village, Luuka district, Uganda. This is a hands-on charity so we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in at every opportunity. The UKHF team visit Uganda regularly to provide extra support on the ground, especially at the Healing Children School, that we helped to build and maintain. We fundraise for important improvements as well as providing practical support and guidance. The school caters for 250 boys and girls.

Our work is grounded in the principle of non-discrimination. We believe every person should be able to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights without distinctions based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by public donations.


OUR MISSION
UK Friends of Healing Focus’ objective is to help make the school a residential, self-sustaining enterprise, owning its land and buildings, integrated within the community and in partnership with Healing Focus Orphanage Centre. A large part of this was achieved in 2012 when Tom Bagoole, the director of Healing Focus, was able to buy a new site for the school, which UKHF complemented by providing funding for the move and re-building, coupled with a trustee’s donation of adjoining agricultural land. The school is thus virtually self sustaining for food. This long term aim will depend for its success on further close cooperation with our partners at Healing Focus Orphanage Centre. The most important benefit of a residential school will be to the orphans. A residential school with full time matron would immediately alleviate the problem of labour on the sugar plantations, which encourages the children to abscond from school and is illegal in Uganda.
Trauma amongst orphaned children would be recognised and addressed through continuity of care, as would the hidden problem of abuse of vulnerable orphans by a few Guardians. Those Guardians at present struggling to feed another mouth would be relieved.

Since 2012 we have been able to find sponsors to enable 5 children each year to continue to Secondary education. We researched various schools as far away as Kampala and are happy to report that the best school and perfectly suited to our students is in Busiiro. This school has been turned around by a new and enterprising headmaster. We now have 15 sponsored children in Busiiro Secondary.

The guardians had asked for a sponsorship programme for those unable to afford secondary education. We intend to add sewing, metalwork and woodwork classes. We have great difficulty finding vocational training and apprenticeships for our pupils on graduating from our school. We would be very much obliged if you can help us obtain vocational training or apprenticeship placements, either from within your organisation or by you recommending other organisations who can help us in this matter.

Website

https://www.facebook.com/ukfriendsofhealingfocus

Year established

2010

About this organisation

Partnership types

Project funding

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Education and training

Goods categories

Educational; Food & beverage; Personal care products & luggage

Business sectors

Education and training