Trust team to help rennovate school in Uganda
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing
Staff who are more used to working in homes around Runcorn and Widnes are heading to a school thousands of miles away in Uganda to help renovate classrooms.
Four members of Halton Housing Trust left with workers from Wulvern Housing Trust on Wednesday 6th February to spend three weeks working in and around the town of Fort Portal. This is the fourth year the Trust has supported the One Brick At A Time charity by providing opportunities for its staff to exchange their normal work for something very different.
Elaine Jones, Daz Morland, Peter McLoughlin and Adrian Stewart will pass on their different skills to African apprentices who are helping to renovate a school.
Fort Portal, in West Uganda, is an area of extensive need where there is a life expectancy of between just 48 and 52 years. The average income is just $220 a year, with 22 people dependent upon every income earner.
The team will be swapping winter in Halton to work in the 30 degree African heat.
The team has taken various tools and equipment donated by local suppliers ranging from hammers and screwdrivers to mobile phones to leave with the apprentices.
“Our team will have a huge immediate as well as a longer term impact on the area,” said Halton Housing Trust’s Chief Executive Nick Atkin.
“It will be an amazing experience for them all. It’s a chance for them to use the skills that they have developed to benefit people in less fortunate positions. They will also bring back skills and experience which will be of benefit not only to them but to the wider organisation.”
Another group of five volunteers from the Trust will travel over as the first group arrives back on 28th February. The experience has been organised as part of the One Brick at a Time project alongside a number of partners including Liverpool Hope University.
While the team are out in Uganda they will also be sending back regular reports in the form of a blog that will be available on the Trust’s website www.haltonhousing.org.