Project information

Providing vital infrastructure - Uganda

To ensure MAF can safely, efficiently and effectively continue to support NGOs working in remote and isolated areas, and in particular northern Uganda, enabling healthcare, education, clean water and adequate sanitation, and community development projects

Two months

Charity information: Mission Aviation Fellowship

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  • Need


    In order to meet both the current and future needs in Uganda, MAF invested in a purpose built hangar at Kajjansi airfield, near the capital Kampala, which became fully operational in 2012. The hangar floor is concreted, but to meet the required standards, it needs to be covered with a surface which is suitable for maintaining aircraft ie a surface which is highly durable, strong, anti-slip, chemical proof, and able to withstand high temperatures.


    Installing aircraft hangar floor tiles will ensure MAF is compliant with the required standards and it will, therefore, be a safe surface for maintaining the aircraft ie the flooring will be highly durable, strong, anti-slip, chemical proof, and able to withstand high temperatures, and will be more resistant to scratching and scraping damage, which can be the consequence of dragging stands and aircraft jacks over a painted or unfinished floor.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure the MAF aircraft hangar meets the required safety standards for maintaining aircraft


    » To safely, efficiently, and effectively serve the vital work of 500 local and international partner NGOs working in Uganda
    » To enable healthcare, education, clean water and adequate sanitation, and community development projects to reach those living in isolated rural areas

    By ensuring that MAF aircraft are maintained on schedule and to the highest international safety standards.

  • Impact


    In 2015, MAF flew over 6,000 passengers, and carried over 23kg of freight in support of 500 local and international NGOs. We anticipate that the hangar safety will ensure we can continue to meet this demand in 2016 and beyond.


    1. Shipping and importation problems delay the implementation of the project. MAF will monitor and liaise with the relevant authorities as appropriate to mitigate the delay where possible.

    2. The hangar will need to be empty when the tiles are fitted, therefore MAF will need to arrange this when the aircraft maintenance schedule is least busy.


    On completion of the project and/or interim reports as required by the donor

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,375

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,855 Hangar floor tiles 10,000 square feet
      £1,520 Shipping Shipping costs from USA to Uganda
  • Background


    Almost a quarter of the Ugandan population live below the international poverty line; 14% of children under the age of 5 are underweight and malnourished; almost 20% of the population does not have access to clean water; and over 80% lack safe sanitation. The highly volatile security situation in the neighbouring countries of South Sudan, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen over 510,000 people flee to Uganda for their safety, which is a further strain on limited resources.


    NGOs are working hard to address the development challenges; however, their ability to help people in remote areas is significantly restricted by the country's infrastructure, which can be very dangerous and time consuming. Over 80% of Uganda's population lives in rural areas. Recognising the inability of rural communities to access healthcare, education, clean water, and community development opportunities in Uganda, MAF takes these development opportunities to them instead.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 25 years, MAF has been successfully operating in Uganda, providing a solution for the problem of poverty in isolation. Multiplying the effectiveness of those we fly, MAF has enabled access to countless thousands of men, women, and children who our partners would otherwise struggle to reach. Shortening travel times, we increase their efficiency.

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    Kees Barendse

    Maintenance Manager, MAF Uganda

“I am writing to thank Mission Aviation Fellowship, very warmly, for your ministry, professionalism and commitment. We could not do much of our work without MAF’s service, as it would be impossible to reach our partners in remote and challenging locations without MAF.

Baroness Caroline Cox