In June members of St Peter’s Church in Ruddington will be among a small group heading for the Teso District of north east Uganda where £11,000 of funds (25 million Ugandan shillings) raised in England are being put to good use. Education and healthcare projects help bring stability to Teso, which is approximately the size of Rushcliffe Borough, so the building of a school hall and the equipping of the local hospital are a priority according to Ugandan community leaders.
The party will be lead by Clement and Honor Dixon who have been involved with the Teso Development Trust (TDT) since 1994 and last visited the area in 2007. They will be joined by Andrew and Louise Third also from Ruddington who are keen to understand more of the culture and particular needs of the Iteso people in order to build further links back in the UK.
The packed schedule includes meetings with senior medical officers at various district hospitals, leading lessons in The Parents School, visiting the Soroti Women’s Cooperatives and addressing local Church gatherings. A farewell visit to meet Archbishop Orombi in Kampala will complete the fact-finding tour.