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Uganda Rukungiri

Making it safe to go to school

The Rushararazi area north of Rukungiri overlooks the Western arm of the Rift Valley. Due to severe drought, the harvests have failed for many seasons in succession and a result some families make do with one meal a day. Water and money are scarce and the majority of parents cannot afford school fees. Children have no shoes and many of the clothes that they wear have holes.

We will be focusing our efforts on Rushararazi School, which is a church-based, government-run primary school. We’ll be building 3 new nursery classrooms as well as renovating current school structures to replace the existing poor facilities. We also aim to construct a water tower to harvest 30,000 litres of rainwater to ensure that the school has adequate supply. 

Against the backdrop of the Congolese mountains, overlooking the Rift Valley the hippos wallow in the waters in the river below and baboons lazily sit and watch the day go by. This location is simply stunning. 


Please note that the trip dates may vary a day either way due to flight availability.


Building Project   /   Mountainous region   /   Rural Town   /   Schools and Clinics   /   Suitable for all ages

Trip Dates

  • 04 Jul – 18 Jul 2020
  • 25 Jul – 08 Aug 2020
  • 15 Aug – 29 Aug 2020
  • 10 Oct – 24 Oct 2020
  • 31 Oct – 14 Nov 2020
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The Projects

On the days travelling to Rushararazi, we will likely work in the morning (building the nursery classrooms and/or water tower) and will remain in the community for the afternoon, spending time with the people or visiting other projects (tbc).

In 2018 our teams began to build new school facilities to alleviate three school/nursery years all being taught together in the same 'room' - a temporary wooden structure with a dirt floor that is unsafe and open to the elements. Older children are taught in buildings with roofs that leak and teachers have to live onsite in poor accommodation, making it difficult - or near impossible - for the rural school to attract good teachers.

In 2019 we began building 3 new classrooms for the nursery children followed by accommodation for the teachers. Join us for another year building classrooms on this project and support us in getting to know and help this community.

We will have days in Rukungiri to visit and support our other partners and community-led projects such as:

  • Mosaic Vision Ministries, faithfully supporting ‘child-headed families’;
  • Mothers Union Vocational Training Unit, crafting new skills in the lives of young girls;
  • The Chilli Children Project, improving lives of the disabled.

Rest and Relaxation

Head off to Queen Elizabeth national park deep in the Rift Valley and search for hippos and baboons and much, much more!  A highlight of the trip will be a boat journey on the Kazinga Channel – which is a birdwatchers’ paradise. We will end the day in African culture style as we enjoy dinner together at the local lodge.

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Country Information

Rukungiri is a South Western district of Uganda

The time Zone is GMT +3 hours

Local language of Runyankole, although English is widely spoken

Average of 28°C in Jul-Dec

The Flight is approximately 11 hours.

The Impact So Far

The teams in Uganda Rukungiri have been doing an incredible job.
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classrooms for various community schools


Dormitories at Kitazigurukwa School


Rehabilitation centre for children with special needs

Trip Dates

Uganda Rukungiri 2020 – Team 1

04 Jul - 18 Jul 2020


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Uganda Rukungiri 2020 – Team 2

25 Jul - 08 Aug 2020


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Uganda Rukungiri 2020 – Team 3

15 Aug - 29 Aug 2020


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Uganda Rukungiri 2020 – Team 4

10 Oct - 24 Oct 2020


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Uganda Rukungiri 2020 – Team 5

31 Oct - 14 Nov 2020


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You only have to give a £150 deposit to your trip contribution upfront.
The contributions listed are a reduced amount, based on the assumption that Gift Aid will be declared.

Orientation and Reunion days

Orientation days and reunion days are included to help you get the most from your trip.

Orientation Day

04 Apr 2020

12 Sep 2020

Reunion Day

16 May 2020

14 Nov 2020

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