Ruhanga Development School

The Ruhanga Development School in Uganda was built and opened in 2008 at the request of villagers in this rural area of SW Uganda, using money raised by volunteers and visitors staying at our nearby Uganda Lodge. Numbers rose quickly from 40 children at the beginning of 2009 to over 400 by 2013.

As the school developed, so new classrooms and other facilities were required, and again, these developments are down to the generosity of the hundreds of volunteers who have helped out at the school over the past few years.

Part of the school's success is that both parents and children alike value the English language skills volunteers bring with them, rarely available in other schools, and the enthusiasm of those volunteers when they help out in the classroom, teach games, read books or simply invest quality time with the children.

You don't need to be formally qualified to help in the school. All you really need is to be fluent in English, and even if you are not a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) teacher (although useful!), you can go into the classrooms and make a meaningful difference. Experienced teachers can take over a whole class if they wish, after consulting with the teacher on content.

The school is basically free for the children, although a small registration fee is payable to ensure the villagers don't see the school as something donated by 'wealthy' westerners; rather a facility that is theirs and part of their community.

As such, we have a sponsorship scheme (more details here) which is just £5.00 a month or £60.00 a year and that covers the cost of running the school, teacher salaries,  teaching aids, pencils and books, a free uniform and very importantly a large mug of porridge for each child every morning for breakfast. It is only because of this ongoing commitment to the children by sponsors that so many can attend and get an education.

Working at the school offers a unique insight into children's lives in Uganda and is a memory that both you and the children will treasure for ever. Unlike many other volunteering programs the small weekly fee covers the costs of your accommodation and food and we charge no admin or other fees. Any small surplus from this fee goes directly to the school and the children to help improve facilities there.

Why not make a real difference and sign up to volunteer today by clicking on the button below?

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How to help out at Uganda Lodge

How to help!

We recruit volunteers throughout the year from all ages and backgrounds to help with our community and school project in Uganda! More >>.

  • You only pay for your accommodation and travel.
  • All placements themselves are cost free.
  • We accept English speaking volunteers from around the world.
  • Placements include our own school ...
  • ... our own village medical clinic ...
  • ... and other community based projects.
  • Both short and long term placements available.
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Lending Library

We've established a new toy and lending library at our new health clinic to help the development needs of young people. More...

  • A toy lending library for pre-school children ...
  • helping to develop motor, cognitive and play skills ...
  • to help them maximise life opportunities.
  • The library will also lend books and other resources to older children
  • ... and members of the wider community.
  • We need your donations to help successfully launch this project.
  • So find out how you can help today!
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Become a member!

Sign up as a member of the UK charity Uganda Lodge with our new membership scheme.

  • Uganda Lodge now has a membership program!
  • Help us plan for the future by joining for just £10 a year!
  • Your support will help us develop more projects
  • to assist the children and young people of Ruhanga
  • ... and members of the wider community.
  • Your membership help us plan for securely for the future.
  • So join up today and be part of something special!

There are many ways in which you can make at difference at Uganda Lodge from volunteering in Uganda, sponsoring a child at our school, making a donation or helping develop one of our projects. Get involved today and make a meaningful difference ~ here's five easy ways how!

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