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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 Sponsorship Project.