Silvermines volunteer fundraising for Ugandan school

Denis Ryan with local children in Uganda in 2010
Silvermines native Denis Ryan is fundraising for a school and orphanage in Uganda, where he is going to work for two months this summer. On a previous trip to Uganda in 2010, Denis was travelling through a remote regional area in south eastern Uganda and got to spend a few days in Kangulumira.

Silvermines native Denis Ryan is fundraising for a school and orphanage in Uganda, where he is going to work for two months this summer. On a previous trip to Uganda in 2010, Denis was travelling through a remote regional area in south eastern Uganda and got to spend a few days in Kangulumira.

The village is located in a very rural area where access to medical facilities is very limited. During his visit he noticed the condition of the school/ orphanage where there is a very high rate of AIDS which has extreme ramifications in the local community.

Denis was impressed by the level of community spirit and the hospitality of the local people who were willing to share what little they had. Kangulumira has an orphanage with a school attached. Many of the children in the orphanage have been orphaned as a result of their parents dying from AIDS. A significant number of the children are born H.I.V. positive.

Overcrowding is one of the main issues in the home with children sleeping on bunks 3 high and 4 feet apart. As a result sickness and cross infection spreads rapidly for children with immunity deficiencies.

The school faces similar difficulties with overcrowding and the lack of resources being the main issues. The school has two basic size classrooms that accommodate three hundred students daily. Children receive two basic meals a day of rice and beans at the school, as those who have families cannot afford to feed them.

Denis is working with Pearl Uganda, (see Pearl: Uganda on Facebook) an organisation to help rebuild futures and provide education to orphaned children. He is fundraising to bring funds to the school/orphanage, which will be used to provide a new classroom extension and school resources. The Kangulumira community is one of many communities where Pearl Uganda’s work is making a real and lasting difference. Funding for both the school and orphanage comes primarily from donations and sponsorship received from charities and private individuals. It costs €50 to feed a child with rice for a whole year. €10 can cure a child from malaria which very often is a life-saving procedure. There are no administration fees, so one hundred per cent of all donations received is going directly to the school/orphanage.

Denis has organised a benefit night in Buddy’s Bar Capparoe, on Friday night, April 12th. Tickets at 5 Euro each are available in many local shops, and can also be purchased on the night. There will be an auction and lots of spot prizes on the night. Outta Diesel is providing the entertainment and there is also complimentary finger food. So come along and bring your friends for an enjoyable night out and support a worthy cause.