Annual Report- 2014-2015
The Mary Wood Trust
Registration Number ----- 1144311
Registered address --- 9 Handforth Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 2LX
Charity Structure, Governance and Management
Chairperson- Clare Ramsden
Treasurer — Dr Peter Wood
Trustees — Kath Smith, Ann Gover
Trustee selection method – By personal invitation and approval by existing trustees.
We have had two meeting this year to discuss the finances of the charity, fundraising activities since the last meeting, proposed future fundraising events, various on-going projects in Uganda, how monies should be spent in Uganda, and communications with our contacts in Kanungu.
We endeavour to be sure of the accountability of monies sent and received to Uganda by asking for receipts where possible.
It is our hope that at least one trustee will visit S W Uganda each year, at their own expense. This allows for inspection of building work carried out and also for continued support and interest in the projects and people, especially the students at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School and the children at Ruth Memorial Nursery School.
Activities and Objectives
Activities over the past year
At Ruth Memorial Nursery School we have continued to provide the daily porridge for the 65 children at the school, ensuring that they have at least one meal a day. Sometimes this is supplemented with a pancake.
We have been given money to provide sports shorts for all the children at the nursery school.
We plan to be able to provide another 35 double wooden desks ,a lockup cupboard for the office and much needed stationery, all thanks to a generous donation.
At Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School we have continued to provide mosquito nets for all the new entrants to the school- approximately 90 per year.
The Sick Bay is working well and Moline, the school nurse, continues to dispense medicines and provide a listening ear when necessary, as well as continuing with health education to the girls. We have helped provide some additional equipment and medicines.
The Female Staff House - Mary Hall - was officially opened in October 2014, and is working well and accommodating 4 female teachers.
We have agreed to donate a new generator to the school as the old generator was broken and the power supply very intermittent. This will be bought in the next financial year.
All the girls at the school were given bath towels as there was a surplus from the Bags of Basics fundraising campaign.
Two new shelf units have been put in the library, thanks to a private donation.
The number of girls now being sponsored at NGSS has increased to 25. Many of these are through individual sponsorship. We also pay for the sponsored girls to join two clubs each year within the school, one of which must be the Maths club.
Justine, the acting head teacher, completed her degree successfully.
She has now been transferred to another school and has been replaced by Mrs Allen Aassimwe.
The water situation at the school has become a major problem, with girls having to walk 3-4 kilometres to collect water. We have agreed to contribute towards a water upgrade scheme that WATSAN (a water and sanitation charity based in the UK) are going to undertake. This will provide rain water collection tanks, new latrines and health education for both the school and the local community.
The Dental Unit at Nyakatare Health Centre is now functioning well and the dentist, Elia Muchaina, has continued with his outreach clinics to the community and also with in clinic treatments. Laburnum Dental Practice donated two dental teaching aids to help with this, as well as toothbrushes.
We have given Elia a laptop so that he can continue with his studies.
A large number of baby clothes donated in the UK were distributed to new mothers and babies at Nyakatare Health Cente.
We have been able to offer support to one of our ex NGSS students, Florence Kamusiime, post university degree, thanks to private sponsorship. She is undertaking training for qualifications as a Certified Public Accountant.
Two opera evenings- one in Nantwich and one in Wilmslow- performed by a young contemporary group of singers from the Laban Conservatoire.
DVD of MWT activities- Sold for provision of mosquito nets.
Cake Stall - Party in the Park – Lothersdale
Lent Lunches - Lothersdale
‘Christmas by Candlelight’ in Christchurch, Lothersdale
Talk and presentations to the Mothers Union ( Sutton and Lothersdale), and also East Cheshire Wives Fellowship.
Table top sales and E - baying.
Newsletters and raising awareness
Two newsletters have been distributed to supporters and interested parties this year – Summer and November.
Articles in St Bartholomew’s Parish Magazine and also Wilmslow Express with regard to the opera evening.
Charity’s policy on reserves
We have £30,000 invested to help provide a regular on-going income to support 10 girls at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School.
Further Financial review details
Principal sources of funds
Reserve investment income-£802
Donation from the Linden Trust- £3000
Donation from St James Place Foundation - £2200
Donation from Medical Missionary News - £4000 (To be used for Dental equipment in the Dental unit and other health related issues).
HMRC (Tax Refund) - £2159
Various fundraising activities in the UK.
Regular monthly giving from individuals for general funds has increased, due to raised awareness of the charity and its needs.
Private sponsorship for 15 girls at NGSS.
How expenditure has supported the key objectives of the charity.
We have been able to increase the number of girls being sponsored at NGSS. The girls chosen are among the poorest and most needy in the local community rather than the most academic.
Helping the needy and sick in the local community by donation of clothes and responding to requests as needed.
Helping to educate the students and staff at NGSS and the surrounding community with regard to water and sanitation.
Food and care for the hungry and needy children at RMNS and providing a safer and healthier environment for them to learn and play.
Improving buildings and facilities at both NGSS and RMNS.
Supporting ex NGSS student through further postgraduate studies.