More and more children in Uganda are set to benefit from a charity established by a formed Hartismere School student.
Emma Thornton formed Wagabera following a gap year spent in Uganda, spending four months teaching at a rural primary school in 2005.
The name was derived from student Wagobera Christopher who, as an 11-year-old, finished top of his class, but was unable to go to secondary school because his family could not afford the fees.
Fast forward to 2014 and, through the work of the charity, Christopher is studying clinical medicine at Kampala International University.
Emma, who now lives in Germany working in public relations, hopes to visit Uganda later this year to take baby clothes, craft materials, books, t-shirts, football shirts, writing materials and items for the health clinic.
Emma’s mother, Gill, secretary for the charity and Eye resident, told the Diss Express they hope to set up a scholarship to help more of the children, and offer vocational courses.
“What we try to do is help out children, to get them in a position to support their families and better themselves,” said Gill.
“The kids have got nothing but they are so grateful and happy with what they have got.
“When I went there (Uganda), the appreciation and the love from the families she is helping is just amazing.”
“The future is looking good. But it would not have been that way without the support from friends and families. Our jumble sales have always been well supported.
Gill said it costs about £1,000 to send a student to university in Uganda - covering the costs of tuition fees, accommodation, books, exams and extra lectures. The charity also tries to give the students pocket money.
A large box has been placed in the Barclays Bank in Broad Street, Eye, for people to recycle inkjet cartridges and mobile phones. Money raised from the recycling will go to the charity. If anyone would like to support the cause or for more information, please contact 01379 870897, email Emma via firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the charity’s Facebook page by searching Wagobera.