History of the Mary Wood Trust
In 2002, after she had been asked by the Bishop of Kinkiizi to try and find a way to raise funds for girls secondary education in that area, Mary Wood set up Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School Scholarship and Development Fund.
Bishop John Ntegyereize, the first Bishop of Kinkiizi, had highlighted Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School as one for particular help. Mary Wood invited two friends, Kath Smith and Ann Gover-friends in the Yorkshire village of Lothersdale-to join her and the exempted charity was created. Ann and Kath both have many years of experience in teaching and both shared Mary Wood’s desire to help those less fortunate in this particular area of Uganda.
Initially the charity was part of the Bradford Diocese, under the auspices of Christ Church, Lothersdale However, almost 10 years after the initial thoughts were put in place, it is now a full charity in its own right, in the name of The Mary Wood Trust- a wonderful achievement and a lasting memorial to the work that Mary Wood started.
The charity now has four trustees- Kath Smith, Ann Gover, Clare Ramsden and Peter Wood. Mary Wood died in December 2008, aged 85. She was comforted in the knowledge that her dream for the education of disadvantaged young women in Kinkiizi Diocese would continue.
Mary Wood and her eldest daughter Clare Ramsden
in February 2008
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