A letter from Steve Hurd of the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust
October 12, 2013
From Steve Hurd, Chairperson of Uganda Humanist Schools Trust
We are delighted and impressed by Lylah's remarkable efforts to raise money to help children in Uganda to receive the education that we all take for granted.
I came across the Uganda Humanist Schools in 2006 on one of my trips to Uganda. At that time, the first two schools were a year old. The schools are run by Ugandan Humanists who are trying to help children in impoverished rural areas. Families grow food, mainly corn and green bananas, for their own consumption. Their only source of income comes from the sale of surplus food, the odd chicken and maybe a small number of coffee beans. The families value education highly, as it is the one way they have to change their children's' lives for the better.
In 2008 we set up the charity, Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, to raise money to help the communities to pay for materials for school buildings, buy books and to meet the fees so that bright but needy children could attend them. Since we started, the schools have made huge progress and our aim is for them to become self-sustaining by 2016.
Lylah aims to raise sufficient money pay school fees for two children for four years and any additional money will be used to buy materials to support their learning. We wish her well in her quest and hope you will help her to achieve her wish.