The girls’ primary school in situated in a desperately poor area of rural Uganda, to the east of Kampala. St. Michael’s admits girls from throughout the country irrespective of religion, tribe, colour or political affiliation. There are about 800 girls and 12 boys, some of whom are orphans who have been given food and shelter by the school. Most are day girls but there are about 250 boarders housed in dormitories at the school.
Dauntsey’s School has already raised more than £3,000 for FSMU thanks to selling bacon butties during morning break, a fireworks event and retiring collections at their autumn concert and two Christmas carol services. Further fundraising activities are planned for 2014, including the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race where the Dauntsey’s team will paddle the 125 miles to Westminster.
Annie James, head of charities, Dauntsey’s School, said: “By linking with St Michael’s Girls School, Dauntsey’s has the opportunity to make a real difference to the pupils there. Education is a vital route out of poverty for these children and we aim to raise a lot of money which will be used to improve the School’s facilities and buy new books and materials.”
During 2012-2013, Dauntsey’s raised more than £23,000 in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Children’s Chance – Hugo’s Fund.