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History of the
Rock of Joy Trust
During August 2007, 33 members of Heswall Church Youth Fellowship visited Masaka School in southern Uganda to learn about the developing world and to run holiday clubs, and serve the community. We met Fred Ssendi who is the inspirational director of the school. The school is in a remote rural setting where HIV was first identified. The population are poor with little education, and a large number of HIV/AIDs orphans. There was no clean water supply, no electricity, teachers were on half the recommended wage and the children would go all day without any food.
When we returned to England, we were so moved by the need we had seen and by the fact that relatively little money makes a massive impact. We therefore applied to the Charity Commission for recognition of The Rock of Joy Trust as a charity.
Since then we have slowly expanded to run three schools. In addition to Masaka we have a second school called Lady Grace which is 5 miles away. This was established as children as young as 5 were walking to Masaka everyday. Our third school is in the slums of Kampala and is called Rock of Joy Antioch. However this grew too big for the site and therefore was closed in 2014 and a new school opened nearby called Rock of Joy Lugala.
We have established a pattern where large youth groups go out every two years and an adult trip visits on the alternate years. We started with introducing clean water supplies and a daily meal for children who normally had no food until the evening. We moved Masaka to a large plot nearby and that has now been completely built with new brick school rooms, assembly hall and a dormitory for 120 vulnerable children.
At Lugala,another classroom block is needed which will cost £35,000 and we are establishing a poultry project on the site in order to enable them to raise funds which eventually will allow them to be self sufficient.
Lady Grace is still partly wooden buildings which get eaten by termites.We have built the primary school in brick buildings but still need to build a new nursery section which will cost £30,000.
We currently fund all the teachers, feed the children and provide teaching materials. However at Masaka we now have a 50 acre farm and 60% of their running costs are raised in Uganda. We have started a 53 acre coffee plantation at the cost of £50,000 with annual income of £75,000 in 3 years time.
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Masaka Masaka Antioch Lugala Lady Grace