There has been a strong link between Bearsted and Thurnham and the Kinkiisi Diocese in Uganda since 1989 when Rev Hamlet Mbabazi came to visit. He made such an impression on the community that they agreed to sponsor him to do a degree at Oak Hill College. He began his studies in 1991 and in 1992 his wife and two daughters were accommodated by local families for the academic year so that the children might see their father from time to time. Son Gerald attended Thurnham Infant's School.

The family plus a new infant daughter returned to Uganda in 1993 where Hamlet threw himself into making a change in the lives of his people, initially through clean water and education. A primary School was set up then a High School and a College which now has university status. Health education, coffee and tea production and a system of micro finance that helps the people to manage their income have all contributed to improving lives.

Bearsted and Thurnham people have contributed over the years with expertise, finance and securing a Lottery grant. Twenty two families from Holy Cross sponsor some thirty students at the Kirima Parents Primary School and and a further three at the High School.

Help to end illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness by sponsoring a child to attend the school. None of the donations or sponsorship will be spent on UK administration costs as it all goes to Uganda to support the children and projects.

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