Friends Community Development Trust (Uganda)
Our first project was initiated and supported by Northampton Quaker Meeting in conjunction with the Butta Furniture Makers Association, a Ugandan charity set up by Alex Gyabi, a Ugandan Quaker and attender at Northampton. Further funding was provided through a QPSW grant.
The building constructed has a workshop, classroom and offices, and is now being referred to as Butta Polytechnic. It opened its doors in June 2017 and helps people gains skills that allow them to make a living beyond subsistance farming.
Our next project is to build classrooms which will form a community secondary school. Currently, secondary education is only available to those who can afford private boarding schools, or requires a long and potentially hazardous cross country walk.
A community secondary school would give locals the opportunity to extend their education which will benefit them, by improving their employment prospects, and the community as a whole. The land for the secondary school has already been kindly donated by the Church of Uganda.
Friends Community Development Trust (Uganda) was established in 2016 following a project begun in Northampton Quaker Meeting in conjunction with the Butta Furniture Makers Association, a Ugandan charity set up by Alex Gyabi who himself attends the Northampton Quaker Meeting.
The trust aims to raise funds to support community projects in Uganda to build infrastructure such as workshops or classrooms which will help those living in the area to improve their conditions of life.
All projects supported originate in the community, and all work is carried out by those living in the community. When completed, the resources completed are owned and controlled by the community.
Currently our work is centred on the village of Butta in the Manafwa district of Uganda but our hope is that with time we will be able to help a wider community.
You can contact us in writing at: FCDTU, 6 Abington Court, 483 Wellingborough Road, Northampton NN3 3HN, or using the form below.