We are delighted to announce that the new School Charity for this year is ‘Malayaka House’, a rather special orphanage in Uganda.
The aim of Malayaka House is to provide the most vulnerable orphaned and abandoned Ugandan children with a safe and loving home, proper nutrition, a good education and vocational training so they may grow into self-reliant citizens whose lives are full of opportunity and promise.
Unlike many Ugandan orphanages, the end goal is not adoption, it is to provide their children with the skills and tools to reinvest in their Ugandan community and make a difference. The education of the children is their first priority. All of the children receive primary and secondary education.
Vocational training is also given as well as financial support for higher education. Some children came to Malayaka House in their teenage years and these are the children who need to learn a different set of skills. They started learning sewing, jewellery-making, baking, cheese-making, secretarial work, food service, and housekeeping. Over the years they have developed a network of small businesses – all located within the compound – to provide the older kids with vocational training and to teach them how to manage personal finances once wages are earned.
The first Malayaka House Newsletter can be viewed here.
Last year Dauntsey's pupils raised £14,432 for our elected charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance. £5,000 of the total raised came from the team who took part in the grueling Devizes to Westminster canoe race at Easter. The remainder of the money was raised through a large variety of events organised by each house including the inaugural charity boules competition, the annual Manor Fête, cake sales, car boot sale, car wash, raffles and the 24-hour Runathon which saw 108 runners covering 721 miles.