Trustee, Alex Steele, made a visit to AVS Uganda in 2019, heading up a team of volunteers, made up from the Steele family. The purpose of the visit was to review progress being made in many different areas of AVS’s activities, including supporting students, schools, the girls’ hostel, support for vulnerable individuals and families, support for women’s groups, and the ongoing development of the AVS Community Centre. Alex was joined by his daughter, Hannah (19 years old), his two sons, Nathan and Harry (22 and 25 years old), and by his brother, Adrian.
‘Team Steele’ had 6 areas of focus:
  1. Understand how the AVS Uganda team manage their day-to-day activities, looking at how they collect data and how they report progress in all areas.
  2. Look at the management of the AVS Community Centre and explore ideas on maximising the use for the greatest value for the local community.
  3. How to continue to support the entrepreneurial ideas of the AVS women’s groups.
  4. Meeting students supported by AVS, gaining first-hand stories of the efforts they all put into making sure they study hard, knowing well that education is a clear route out of poverty.
  5. To see first-hand the impact of AVS’s support of some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in and around Muyembe.
  6. Work with the Board of Trustees and run a workshop to look at ways of increasing local involvement with AVS, in terms of its long-term growth and sustainability.
Living and working alongside the AVS team in Uganda is both rewarding and very challenging. We need to immerse ourselves deeply into the local way of life, to understand the way things are, and to work together to identify solutions which make life better. Most important is the ability to give people the skills, abilities and resources to take control of their own lives.” Alex Steele.



For the past two years we have been incredibly lucky to have supporters of AVS run the Ugandan Marathon and raise funds for AVS. The marathon has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, Bloomberg, Runners World and the London Evening Standard. The Ugandan Marathon recently won "Best International Event" at the UK Running Awards and Red Bull named it one of the "9 Best Marathons in the World" in 2018. Doug Wright, Madeline Lewis, Alan Buckley, Stephanie Reyes and Suzie Fullagar (one of our Trustees) have set up JustGiving pages should you want to donate and help motivate our runners to do their best on behalf of AVS. For details of Doug's page click here Madeline's page Click here for Alan's page click here, for Stephanie's page click here. And for Paula's page click here.

With a population nearing 400,000, Bulambuli District has approximately 33,300 households. The local community are for the most part subsistence farmers living in abject poverty; of which 65% are denied the right to safe water, sanitation and housing with an additional 85% lacking electricity (Water Aid 20XX).  These issues are further compounded by the fact that despite the Ugandan Government establishing a Social Security Fund for over 65s, only those who have held formally recognised jobs are eligible for this scheme. Many of the people who AVS works with will have never and will never gain formal employment due to lack of opportunity and the ingrained problems caused by poverty.

Addressing all these issues would be an enormous challenge for AVS, and we do not pretend to have all the answers. But if managed carefully AVS has an opportunity to make a huge difference. Working alongside local leaders and AVS supported women’s groups, 100 households across five sub-counties throughout Bulambuli have been identified and nominated by their communities as requiring support from AVS. Across these households, ages and needs are varied; with the most vulnerable identified as being: elderly widows/widowers/couples, single-parent headed households, young families and child-headed households. This is just to name a few, there are many more cases and each household brings its own unique story.
Amongst the 100 households visited our findings showed that the largest group of vulnerable people are elderly adults aged 55 and above – comprising of elderly couples, widows and widowers.  In addition to which, half of the elderly headed households are responsible for any number of young dependents; often grandchildren who have lost their parents to AIDS.  Furthermore, most of these individuals have chronic or acute health issues, and coupled with old age means they are completely unable to work or subsistence farm due to lack of energy. With little family nearby many of these elderly people live dependent on their neighbours and communities to bring and additional little food they have each day.
As a result, AVS would like support those identified with the basic necessities in the most part, and for the most vulnerable to construct new houses fitted with corrugated iron roofs – better designed to deal with conditions such as heavy rainfall and flooding; as well as providing a comfortable living. 

A modest house, mud and wattle structure with a tin roof costs between £500 and £900, depending on the size of family it needs to accommodate. Basic household requirements and food would cost £347.00 for two people, which includes a matress, mosquito nets, pots, pans, cups, plates and basic food for the year.
Any contribution towards the continuation of this project will be very gratefully received and will be used specifically to continue this programme.  We are proud that 98% of our total income is spentdirectly on ourcharitable activities.
Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting AVS. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about our work. I do hope you will be able to help us support the most vulnerable and I look forward to hearing from you. Please click here to make a donation.

This year we formalised our relationship with Bugwanyi Nursery and Primary School which serves a remote community within the Bulambuli District. Great Missenden Church of England Combined School generously donated their old uniforms which we passed on to the pupils of Bungwanyi. As you can see in the picture they are all looking extremely smart and one or two pupils will have plenty of opportunity to grow in to their new tunics. Thank you!

As you can see on the left we have plenty more for the other classes.

We are forging ahead with our hostel refurbishment and again we have been incredibly fortunate to have successfully raised £10,000 for the next stage which will include building a ceiling in the girls’ dormitory. At the moment, the lack of a ceiling creates high temperatures in the dormitory making it almost impossible, if not only extremely uncomfortable, to live and sleep in. Then come the rains it’s incredibly noisy and again difficult to live and sleep in. The floor has also begun to wear away creating a lot of dust and debris under foot so we will replace this with tiling. We have also agreed to build a new recreation room which will allow the girls to unwind after school, do homework sitting at a table or even watch a DVD or TV if we can get the equipment cheaply enough. The bathroom cubicles are not the most hygienic of places so we will also tile these. This will also mean an improvement in drainage and damp and create a much better place to live in.

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