Frequently Asked Questions
In an urban environment such as Kampala, it costs approximately 80p to provide a child with nutritious food for one meal. This includes the fuel (normally charcoal) to cook the food. We are actively working on solar cookers to complement the use of charcoal and help reduce deforestation, smoke inhalation and climate change.
In a rural environment where families are growing their own food, the costs will be less.
“What are the costs of school fees?” This is a question we are asked frequently.
It depends which type of school and where it is located: nursery, primary or secondary, day-school or boarding, city or small town.
It is also vital to distinguish between school fees and back-to-school costs like uniform, stationery etc.
Another really important thing to mention is transport. If the school or nursery is a day school, then will the child be walking to school, or do they need transport? This can greatly increase the cost. For this reason, boarding schools are much more common in Uganda than in the UK.
We do have current figures in exhaustive details (do ask to see them if you’re interested!), but here are a few figures. Continuing inflation in Uganda and fluctuating exchange rates means that these figures quickly get out of date.
For a nursery in the small town of Kabale in South-West Uganda: £2 per day.
For a primary day-school in the small town of Kabale in South-West Uganda: £4 per day)
For a very good secondary boarding school in the large city of Kampala: £8 per day.
Examination fee (eg Senior 4 exams, equivalent to UK GCSE-level): Typically £50.
Finally, the exchange rate is a big issue, given that the value of the pound dropped by at least 10% since the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union. For example 1 pound bought 4,800 shillings before the vote, by Sept 2016 it bought less than 4,300 shillings climbing to around 5,000 shillings in early 2018.
Clothes have value, even when they are second-hand!
We recycle Clothes, Shoes in pairs and Belts. We get paid 60 pence per kilogram. The items are trucked to Eastern Europe where they are sold. The money we get for the clothes is sent to Africa. (It is not sensible for us to try and ship the clothes themselves to Africa).
A decent bag of clothes can easily weigh 5 kg, which is worth £3.
For those living in St Helens or Warrington, we can pick up bags of clothes and shoes