Bishop Bell pupils help out Quicken Trust in Uganda

Bishop Bell pupils visit a village in Uganda SUS-151009-161624001
Bishop Bell pupils visit a village in Uganda SUS-151009-161624001
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Pupils and staff from Bishop Bell School spent part of their summer holiday visiting the village of Kabubbu in Uganda.

Twenty-three people went on the trip, organised in partnership with Hailsham-based charity, The Quicken Trust.

The pupils were working on an innovative agricultural project as well as helping with literacy in the village’s primary school and working with families in need.

Carole Nikdel, group leader, said, “The trip was a wonderful experience for all who took part.

“We are very privileged in this country to have education, food and shelter for all.

“To visit a place such as Kabubbu is humbling and makes you realise how fortunate we are.”

The new agricultural project involves staking out six metre by six metre plots and planting tomatoes and maize.

The students also put in an irrigation system and harvested last year’s maize crops.

Carole added, “Traditionally, villagers plant maize in a haphazard fashion and only harvest about three sacks a year.

“This new system reaps a harvest three or four times larger than before enabling the villagers to not only feed their own family, but to sell the crops on to others.”

The Quicken Trust is based in Herstmonceux and was founded as a registered charity by Geoff Booker in 1996. At that time tackling poverty and transforming lives in the rural Ugandan village of Kabubbu was not on the agenda.

The Trust concentrates entirely on working to help the villagers find a way out of poverty, destitution, disease and despair.

The Quicken Trust are always seeking sponsorship for children and funds to help with the running costs of their projects including a medical centre and other local amenities.

Just £24 a month can supply education for a child.

For further information, please contact the charity direct. Their website can be found at www.quickentrust.com.

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