36 students will be embarking on a four week voluntary trip to Uganda next month, spending their time working with local communities in the area of Jinja, a large town close to the capital.
Following the success of the trip last summer, Project Uganda is now in its third year and has gone from strength to strength. The trip will run from 17 June – 19 July and is now an annual event in the Aston University calendar.
The project’s worked on by the students are run by Soft Power Education – a British registered charity who work to improve the standards of primary education in Uganda. This year, volunteers will be working on three new sites building new schools, helping to provide clean, safe and inspiring learning environments for the young children of the area.
Student volunteers show great commitment and dedication to the project. Each student must fundraise £500 to cover building materials and hiring skilled labourers, as well covering their own flights and personal costs.
The trip will not be all work and no play; students will have their evenings and weekends free to take part in activities such as going on safari, white water rafting and socialising with the locals, absorbing the African culture.
Nikunj Lukka, the trip organiser, commented, 'Project Uganda promises to once again be a life-changing experience for all the students involved. We are all deeply excited to be going out there and taking part in such a fantastic opportunity, which will have such a huge impact on the people’s lives we improve.'
To find out more information on Project Uganda, please contact Nikunj Lukka at email@example.com.
If you would like to donate to the Project Uganda fund, please visit www.justgiving.com/nikunjlukka.
Words by Munira Jasat