Project information

School Library & Office

All schools need secure storage for curriculum resources, school records and equipment. The school director, head teacher, bursar and staff also need a quiet area in which to work and meet with visitors. Uphill Junior School in Uganda has no dedicated office or library space. We want to help

Project will take approximately 4 months to complete but will not be started until all the classroom blocks have been constructed

Charity information

The Uphill Trust

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  • Need


    Uphill Junior School currently rents office space next to the temporary school site. The school is relocating to a new, permanent site in 2016 and there are no buildings available to provide secure office space or room for a library in the new location


    A large multi-purpose room will be constructed to initially serve as the library, offices and staff room on the new school site. This will have concrete foundations, brick walls, glass windows and metal doors, providing a clean, dry environment where resources and school documents can be kept securely, and where staff can work when they are not teaching. Part of the room will be a dedicated library space and, in time, may be converted into a computer laboratory.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build a large multi-purpose room that can be used flexibly as the school continues to develop


    » Construct a large, stand-alone room, approximately 8m x 6 m internal diameter, with secure windows and a robust metal door that can be padlocked

    The aim will have been met when the multi-purpose Library/Office building has been built, plastered and painted inside and out

  • Impact


    Provision of a multi-purpose building will allow Uphill Junior School to use the accommodation flexibly as the school continues to develop on the new site. In time, purpose-built offices will be constructed, allowing this large building to be used as an additional teaching space, as required


    Funding may not be available to construct a fully plastered and painted building in one phase. The project will therefore be split into two phases: Phase 1 will be the construction of secure building with lockable windows and doors. The room can be used by the school at this stage. Phase 2 will be to plaster and paint the building inside and out to bring it up to the desired standard of finish.


    Donors to this projects will be kept informed via a combination of quarterly email newsletters plus frequent updates on The Uphill Trust facebook and twitter pages and on The Uphill Trust website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Construction Foundations, walls, roof with secure window and metal door
      £2,500 Finishing Plastering and painting, inside and out

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Legacy Donation £8,125 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Uphill Junior School was founded in 2011 and serves a poor rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers in western Uganda. Many of the families in the area have been affected by HIV/AIDS and there are a large number of orphaned children and single parent families. The school actively encourages the education of girls as well as boys.


    The children of Iruhuura will be the primary beneficiaries of the project. The new building will house the school library and a collection of donated second-hand laptops loaded with Encarta (digital encyclopaedia). The pupils will be able to use this building for reading, research and for computer technology lessons.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Uphill Trust was established to support the development of Uphill Junior School. The Trust has a proven track record in raising funds/delivering projects: Ventilated Pit Latrine (February 2016); Classroom Block (July 2016); Security Fence/Gates (ongoing). The Trust has also raised money to provide desks, chairs and tables for the existing teaching spaces, along with curriculum resources, a rainwater harvesting tank, plus other items of teaching and sports equipment

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Muhimbise Elius

    Elius is the Director of Uphill Junior School and project manages the build projects. His local knowledge and expertise are invaluable in this role.

    Max Macdonald

    As Chairman and Founder of The Uphill Trust, Max has built close relationships within the community of Iruhuura and with Uphill Junior School

    Belinda Macdonald

    Belinda is a Trustee and Administrator for The Uphill Trust. She is responsible for the Trust's online presence along with record keeping & finance


will buy 25% of the iron sheets needed to roof the new building

"Much thanks to our most loved Uphill Trustees for all the wonderful funding and to all our friends, men and women, for your kind hearts. God bless you so much."

Muhimbise Elius