June 2017 - feeling generous today? We’re on JustTextGiving, so why not text RTUG12
plus the amount that you would like to donate to 70070?There are no charges for
the text and your donation is all passed directly to the Rwenzori Trust. It only
costs around £6 per month to sponsor a child.
May 2017 - a reading room is being constructed in Ruboni village using the “community
pot” budget. Progress is slow with only foundations and walls built so far, but it
is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
January 2017 - we are now in our tenth year of the child sponsorship programme and
we currently sponsor 43 children in secondary schools and further education in Uganda.
In fact, the current number of children is 40 because the local admissions committee
has decided (exceptionally) to award a bursary equivalent to funds for 4 children
to one young person to help with their fees for attending Kyambogo University.
The Rwenzori Trust
The Rwenzori Trust was founded in May 1992 by Henry Osmaston and David Pasteur, who
transferred their intellectual property rights in the Guide to the Rwenzori (the
first edition of which they published in 1972) to the newly created charity. The
trust was registered as a UK charity with Andrew Stuart as the third original trustee.
Each of the original trustees had spent periods of their working lives in the colonial
administration in Uganda.
The trust was established for the purpose of advancing education in Uganda for the
public benefit. This purpose includes, but is not limited to, supporting training,
research and conservation on Ugandan mountains.
To this end, the initial aim of the Rwenzori Trust was to raise funds through sales
of the Guide to the Rwenzori (by Osmaston and Pasteur) to support the carrying out
of research in, and maintenance of accommodation and paths inside, what is now the
Rwenzori Mountains National Park. That aim has translated into the intention to design
and construct a new hut within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park to accommodate
researchers and park staff working in that area. Nigel Osmaston (Henry’s son) and
Andrew Wielochowski, who both joined as trustees in 2006, are primarily responsible
for the assessment of, and eventual delivery of, the research hut project.
All proceeds from the sales of the Guide to the Rwenzori (now in its second edition)
go towards the research hut project. Further details of the Guide can be found here.
In 2007 Sarah Stafford contacted the Rwenzori Trust looking for a forum through which
to operate her proposed child sponsorship project and that proposal became reality
in February 2008 when 35 children in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains started
their new school year supported by the Rwenzori Trust. More details about the Child
Sponsorship Project can be found here. Sarah first worked in the Rwenzori area in
2001, on a teaching placement, and has since worked with the local community to build
an eco-tourism facility at the entrance to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
If you’re planning to visit this area, the Ruboni Community Camp is an excellent
place to stay and more details can be found here.
In 2015 we welcomed our latest trustee, Chris Noakes. With university qualifications
in international politics and water engineering, and a period of living in Uganda,
he brings relevant skills to the board, and he will focus on oversight of the Child