Project information

Noeline's home for disabled orphans, rural Uganda

Development of orphanage for 50 disabled Ugandan children. Facilities comprise dormitories, toilet and shower blocks, kitchen, physiotherapy room, sick bay and vocational training rooms, together with land for self sufficiency farming. Medical care will be provided by the Medcare children's clinic.

12 months once funds available

Charity information: Medcare

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  • Need


    In Uganda there are over one million disabled children many abandoned by their families and marginalised in their communities. There is very little health provision for disabled children and virtually no social assistance. 35 disabled orphans in Bukulule, Uganda, are presently housed in a small, unhygienic home, built on dangerous land, with disabilities such as clubbed feet, deaf, blind, cerebral palsy, congenital deformities, TB spine. Hundreds more disabled children are also in need of help.


    Re-housing is essential for these children for their future health and welfare. Noeline's home will house 50 orphans suffering from various physical disabilities. This will provide an loving, hygienic, safe environment for the children to grow and develop. Schooling and vocational training will enable development of skills for future employment and social recognition within their communities. Medcare medical centre will provide for their health needs, including physiotherapy and counselling.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Purchase of suitable land for building and development of Noeline's home.


    » Presentation of the project to local churches. Family fun day to be organised by the churches.
    » Presentation to schools who support Medcare's activities in Uganda. Suggested non-uniform day for fund raising.
    » Raising awareness of need in local press with an appeal for funds.

    What success will look like

    Through legal documentation from Ugandan planning office, solicitors and vendor.

    Aim 2

    Building a purpose built orphanage with play area and out buildings.


    » Presentation of project to Manchester Airports Group. Graduates entering 'Tough Mudder' event to raise funds. Plans in hand for a grand ball.
    » Presentation of project to other corporate bodies with suggestions and assistance from Medcare for fund raising team events.

    What success will look like

    Regular email updates from Ugandan site manager together with photographs. Inspection reports from UK Medcare teams.

    Aim 3

    Providing furniture and equipment for Noeline's home and clearing and planting of land for farming.


    » Fashion show and charity auction

    What success will look like

    Photograph and video records of Ugandan purchases and development of land will be provided.

  • Impact


    The project will provide disabled children with a chance to grow and develop in a loving environment providing hope for the future and security in their own identity. Each child's progress will be individually recorded to encourage continued assistance and support and a greater understanding of their needs both in Uganda and in the UK. Improvements in the morbidity and mortality of disabled Ugandan children.


    There is a risk that individual fund raising groups will not reach their targets. This risk is reduced by the number of groups involved.
    Delays in planning application and the build is a risk in Uganda. However, the Medcare Ugandan administrator, site manager and Ugandan project manager will provide regular, detailed reports, so minimising the risk.


    Medcare will report to donors through presentations, newsletters and emails, providing photographs, written reports and video footage.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £70,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Land purchase and legal fees Surveys, purchase and legal documentation of purchase
      £50,000 Build Building costs for the orphanage and outbuildings
      £11,000 Equipping orphanage and land Purchase of furniture and physiotherapy equipment. preparation and planting of land

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Airbus suppliers £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The location of the project is the village of Kabaale, West Buganda, Uganda; situated in a safe position but with easy access to transport services, being 750m from the main Masaka Road; surrounded by fertile land with easy access to schools and clean water supplies. It is one mile from the Medcare medical centre.


    50 disabled orphans (plus hundreds of other local disabled children and their guardians requiring advice and assistance ) from within a catchment of 500,000 children. The majority of the population live in abject poverty, living well below the poverty line. Previous dictatorships and government corruption have caused this degree of poverty which in turn has resulted in serious health needs. Health care is often unobtainable, unaffordable or inaccessible.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medcare has been working with sick deprived children in rural Uganda for 8 years. The development of the Wellspring Children's Medical Centre in Kamutuuza, Uganda has provided health care and social assistance to thousands of children, with a patentee throughput of 12,000 annually. The development of the disability services at the Centre provides both children and guardians with assistance which is otherwise unobtainable or unaffordable.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Noeline Nakagwa

    Noeline is to be the matron of the orphanage. She has cared for hundreds of disabled children for many years and is a local disability counsellor.

    Ibrahim Sengendo

    Ibrahim is the experienced Medcare physiotherapist, who will be providing the children with regular medical care and review.

    William Lubyayi

    William is the clinical officer and sponsorship manager at the Medcare medical centre. He will assess the intake for the orphanage according to need.

    Dr Pauline Hutchinson

    Chair person and founder of Medcare. With 11 years experience working in health care in Uganda she is the ideal person to present this project.