Successful District Foundation Grant Application

The Club have been successful in obtaining a matching District Foundation grant for playground equipment at Cornerstone School in Kititi, Uganda

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‘Planting for Hope’ is a local charity which aims to help the poor rural village of Kititi in a remote area of Uganda to achieve self-sufficiency.

Bewdley and Kinver Clubs have assisted with previous projects to provide a clean water supply, improved sanitation, land purchase for crop cultivation and have provided sewing machines for dressmaking.  

The village now has a clinic and paid doctor, providing free medicines and education in female health and hygiene.

A new village school has been built from its almost derelict previous state and now has 800 pupils, and a high academic success rate has been attained. 

A secure playground was considered to be an important permanent feature to ensure the recreation and wellbeing of the pupils now attending the school, as well as other children of the village.

A project with which Bewdley Club wished to assist was to clear and surface an area for the playground, to provide basic playground equipment and finally to securely fence off the area. All the work to be procured and carried out by locally based resources, supervised by staff permanently based at Kititi.

We applied for a District grant to match our proposed contribution of £600 towards the £1294 cost of the project and were delighted in September 2018 to find that we had been successful.

In mid October, Apollo Saku, sent an email to Bewdley Club's Foundation Chairman, Tom Elliott, with photos showing the site clearance being carried out and informing him that the play equipment consisting of a swing, slide, seesaw, merry-go-round and climbing frame were all on order. 

Apollo stated in his email “It will signify a big change from what they are playing with now, a few jump ropes, soccer goal posts and homemade soccer balls are the only available recreational activities at the school. Truthfully, we could not do this without you. We, and those we serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity.”

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