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The Jersey registered charity ‘Education Fund for Luweero Orphans’ (‘EFLO’) was formed in 2007 with the purpose of funding a primary school that had been built in that year, following a Jersey Overseas Aid (‘JOA’) project to Luweero, in Uganda. The primary objective of the school is to look after and provide education facilities for orphaned children, whose parents have died through HIV / AIDs.
The charity was initially set up by the 15 volunteers who took part in the 2007 Overseas Aid Project, but has increased its membership by recruiting volunteers who have taken part in subsequent JOA projects to the same area in 2008 and 2009, as well as recruiting their family members and friends. There are now over 35 active members.
The charity therefore not only now helps to support the running costs of the school, but has expanded its mandate to include a farm project, which is directly linked to the school, and which was brought into existence following the most recent JOA trip to Uganda in 2009.
The charity provides financial assistance to the school and the farm as follows:
· The provision of funding for the provision of teachers, some of whom have undertaken special needs training.
· Uniforms and books etc for the orphans attending the school
· One hot, nutritious daily meal for the children attending the school
· Medical care for the children and their carers
· The provision of seeds to enable crops to be grown
· The provision of livestock i.e. chickens, goats and cattle
Every penny that the charity raises goes directly to help the school and the farm – not a penny is spent on administration of the charity, as all work and fund raising is undertaken by the members and volunteers.