At Heathfield Community College, we celebrate a long-term relationship with the Quicken Trust charity. The Quicken Trust is a Sussex-based charity which is transforming the lives of people living in poverty in the Ugandan village of Kabubbu. The trust provides many dimensions of support which range from education to healthcare and improving welfare and social issues within the village community.
As well as members of staff visiting Kabubbu over the years the College took a group of students for the first time in 2011. During the visit they built a house for the community, led primary school assemblies, took primary and secondary lessons, led Sunday school and participated in arts and crafts sessions as well as a senior citizens party. They also took part in a development challenge where they were given a small budget to help a family in need and had the opportunity to visit and give gifts to some of the sponsored families that are connected to students and staff from the College.
In February 2018, we were delighted to take another group of staff and students who took part in a similar volunteer project in conjunction with The Quicken Trust. For many, it was a life-changing experience. In 2018, the group had a fundraising target of £10,000 and in order to achieve this target they carried out a whole host of fundraising initiatives as a team and individually. The students paid their own costs for the trip so 100% of the donations given go directly to Quicken Trust charity.
In February 2020, we took 24 students, our biggest group of students so far, alongside five members of staff. With a bigger group came a bigger fundraising total of £14.000 which we were delighted to have exceeded with efforts as individuals and as a team. It is important to note that we rely on our supportive community and we are truly grateful to all those who have generously given time and donations and helped our students to achieve this incredible goal.
We spent ten days enjoying an array of challenges and activities; from farming and agriculture to teaching and building. Similarly, to previous trips, we embraced a ‘Development Challenge’ which saw us supporting four families in both short-term and long-term ways. It was a life-changing trip for our students and staff and they have returned with a noticeable ‘buzz’ when they speak about their experiences.
We have shared a daily account of our trips, alongside photos and highlights which have formed our Kabubbu Blog: to find out about their experiences once out there please visit their Kabubbu 2020 & 2018 Blogs
If you want to see what we have been up to when in Uganda please follow us on Instagram @kabubbuheathfieldcc