Education programmes

School farms
We are working with 27 schools to develop farms. The main aim of the farms is to ensure that pupils are able to eat lunch. However, the farms are also educational – teaching children, and the wider community, about modern agricultural practices. As the project has progressed and grown, we have introduced fruit trees and poultry to our school farm programmes, and really helped schools and families to develop sustainable farming methods. Beginning with only 4 schools in 2013, the programme has grown significantly… last year (2018), 4956 pupils received school lunches through the programme! [Read articles about our school farms]

Busolwe Community Library
The library in Busolwe is a place where children, young people and adults can come and learn. It’s also a hub for people to gather who are desperate to see their communities develop. In 2014, we began a partnership with the library, enabling them to employ a librarian to manage and develop all the work they are involved in. Over the last five years we have developed our partnership with the library and have handed on several of our programmes to them – including the Straight Talk youth groups (which initially started in the library), career guidance and IT training. [Read articles about Busolwe Community Library]

Scholarship programme
We fund students, primarily to study vocational courses such as carpentry, electrical installation, bricklaying, plumbing, and painting and decorating. The priority of the a little bit of HOPE scholarship programme is to fund students who show potential in their chosen field, but whose families lack the resources to pay for their college education.  [Read articles about our scholarship programme]

Reusable sanitary towels
When a girl starts her period it can often mean missing a few days of school. As more school is missed, the likelihood of her dropping out of education increases. We educate girls about menstruation and teach girls how to make reusable sanitary towels – enabling girls to keep going to school during their period. Our team of volunteers also train women’s community groups to make the pads, and provide them with business training so they can sell some of what they produce.  [Watch a short film about our reusable sanitary towels]