Project information

High Level Early Childhood Centre, Uganda

The 100 nursery children, a third being orphans, are currently learning in an overcrowded, dusty environment in an insecure mud building.Our Big Idea is to provide a classroom brick built block giving the children a better permanent learning environment which will also provide for future generations

January 2014 - April 2014

Charity information: HAND IN HAND

  • Need


    To meet the need for pre-primary education in the Iganga District in Uganda.
    2010 Unesco statistics show that only 13.88% of eligible children access pre-primary education.
    Many leading experts agree that this period of learning may prove the most significant and influential of all the stages throughout a child's education.
    With 100 children attending the centre the current mud structure is inadequate to serve the children and is prone to collapse with heavy rains.


    The provision of a brick built 3 classroom and office block will provide the High Level Early Childhood Centre with vastly improved facilities to cater for the 100 children they currently have in attendance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide improved pre-primary facilities for the 100 children currently attending the Centre.


    » Build a brick built 3 classroom and office block

    What success will look like

    The classrooms will be built to a good standard and children will be in attendance.

  • Impact


    The children from the local area will be better equipped to succeed at primary school.
    Current Unesco statistics show that only 56% of children complete their primary education in Uganda.
    Through the course of time it will hopefully be proven that children having attended pre-primary will complete their primary education and go on to secondary education.
    The low 43% illiteracy rate should over time be improved and the ability to access improved employment opportunities will be increased.


    1. The lack of funds to complete the project - the building will not commence until the necessary funds are in place
    2. Qualified builders not in place - Hand in Hand through the east Africa development manager will ensure that the qualified builders are in place and that the building project is managed properly.
    3. Other providers offering the same services - we have researched local provision and there is a great need with no other known providers looking to meet this need.


    We shall report to donors through our newsletters, e-bulletins and annual report as well as updating our website.
    Specific donors will be acknowledged and kept informed of progress if required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,705

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,373 Pre-primary building Building materials
      £1,912 Pre-primary building Labour costs
      £1,420 Pre-primary building Contingency - unforeseen costs or rise in cost of materials
  • Background


    117km North East of Kampala
    Population of Iganga District 596,852
    Population of Iganga Town is 40,000 where project is close to.
    Majority of people in Iganga District are subsistence farmers
    Iganga District is one of the most densely populated of Uganda.
    Long considered one of the most marginalised and as a result poorest areas in Uganda
    46% of the population of the Iganga district live below the poverty line


    The pre-primary aged children of the local population
    Ultimately these children's families will benefit as their children are able to access better future employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have had experience working with community projects since 1998 which have included building. By listening to the local knowledge and adding to that from our own experience we have been able to achieve some positive results. Our Kenyan Development manager is able to visit three times per year and therefore monitor progress. The community group have no other source of funding and the Ugandan government are not at present investing in this area of educational need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Esther Mgume - Project Director At Iganga

    Esther will ensure that all works are carried out as scheduled. Esther is passionate about providing early years education to the needy local children

    Esther Gathogo

    Esther Gathogo is our East African Development Manager. She will liaise with the project director and visit on a regular basis.

    Sue Smith

    UK Development Manager responsible for ensuring that the funds are secured and transferred during the course of the project.

One grateful child

One grateful child