Achievements to date:
  • 50 students being sponsored through secondary education at present: 9 are currently at university; six past graduates, two qualified teachers, another student at teacher training currently, two qualified nurses, and 4 currently studying or just joining nursing courses, two plumbers, two tailors, one just completing a Hotel Management course, two secretarial Diplomas and one Diploma at an Agricultural College. Two of these students have physical handicaps and were unable to proceed by themselves because of their handicaps.
  • One of our students is studying for her 'A' levels at present, one for 'O' level and the others are at various points in Secondary school.
  • Establishment of a hostel for secondary school girls, opened in 2010. A successful, self-supporting initiative.
  • Elgon Pads – a women’s group producing and selling affordable reusable sanitary pads, essential for girls (given recent studies which show that girls miss 13-18% of school time due lack of access to sanitary pads) and women in rural areas
  • Mama Bags – distribution of kits for new-born babies to 100 women per month to improve infant mortality; each kit contains cotton wool, medicated gloves, a sweater and outfit, socks, soap and sanitary pads.
  • Home of Talent (HOT) – a self-sustaining youth music group currently producing and selling music CDs and performing at public performances
  • Five self-sustaining women’s groups engaged in different income generating activities such as; making soap and body creams, peanut butter, growing tomatoes on a commercial scale, etc. Also supporting another thirteen women groups, which are at varying stages of dependency. Another 15 being supported through agricultural, animal rearing or craft projects
  • Three classroom blocks refurbished and equipped; one brand new classroom, teacher accommodation, latrines and kitchen block built and a girls’ hostel built to provide a safe environment for up to 200 secondary school girls
  • An ICT centre which provides an internet café services and training in basic IT for the community
  • A multi-purpose community centre complete in early 2015 to be a hub of community development and community/educational activities.
  • The founder, Ms Marie Cates recognised in the June 2014 HM the Queen’s Honours’ list for the work done by AVS in Bulambuli; she will collect her ‘British Empire Medal’ from Buckingham Palace on 12th May 2015.
  • Hosting of event and catering facilities for up to 400 people within the community centre for local businesses and organisations.
  • Provision of manual water pumps to take water from the nearby rivers in the dry season to cultivate crops grown by our Women's Groups.

Contact AVS

Phone: +44 (0)7546 124450

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By Post: AVS c/o Curzon Green Solicitors
114-116 Oxford Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire HP11 2DN
United Kingdom

African Village Support is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registration number 1164318.


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