About us

Our Guiding Principle…

We are guided by the thoughts of Mahbub ul Haq (1934-1998), the founder of the United Nations Human Development Report:

“The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people’s choices. In principle, these choices can be infinite and can change over time. People often value achievements that do not show up at all, or not immediately, in income or growth figures: greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities. The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives.”

The Story So Far…

The Uganda Creates idea started out in 2006, following our first visits to Uganda. Inspired by our experiences working with a children’s charity, we arrived back in England and set about creating an organisation through which we could provide recreational opportunities for young people and help in their personal development.

After a year of work, we flew back out to Uganda in 2007 to meet with SPAU, a small Ugandan charity we had been put in contact with. They took us to one of their projects in Bajjo, a small village in the Luwero district of Uganda. After running a successful income-generation project, SPAU (with the help of Advantage Africa) had begun to build a new primary school to provide education to the children in the community.

It was an ideal location to initiate our recreational programmes, and so one year later the team headed out to Bajjo to set up the charity’s first project, running out of the newly opened school. We spent the next seven months setting up the project, writing and piloting a series of recreational programmes, training local staff and ensuring the project would be sustainable once the team had left.

Over the next two years, the project was supported from the UK and thanks largely to the work of Vinny our Programme Manager, slowly expanded out to the nearby town of Bombo, where we started to run our WhizzKids United and Creative Studies programmes.

In 2011 we travelled back out to Uganda and went with SPAU to one of their projects in Gobero, a small village to the West of Kampala. We quickly identified the location for our third project and returned home to start the planning. Coordinating from the UK, we worked with SPAU to establish the project in Gobero, forming a staff and support network that could facilitate the programmes. After 6-months, the Gobero project was already running successfully on its own, with little help from the UK thanks to Kezia, our dedicated Programme Manager.

How We Work…

As a charity, we believe it is important not to over-reach and try and do too much. We want the money we spend and the work we do to last and so we believe strongly in working with a small number of projects to ensure their success, rather than trying to initiate a large number of projects.

Over the next year or two, our focus will be on identifying and training a central Youth Development Manager in Uganda to over-see and manage all our programmes within SPAU. Once we are sure we have created a strong network of support for our existing projects, we will then start looking for a possible fourth project site.

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