UK business helps build school in Uganda

A Trowbridge business has helped to fund the construction of a new school in Uganda thanks to its fundraising efforts over the past two years.

The Consortium, a supplier of education equipment which is based in Hammon Way, has raised more than £33,000 through donations from staff, suppliers and customers.

The money is funding the construction of a purpose-built school for 250 students in a poor community in the African country.

The cash was raised through quiz nights, raffles, golf days, product promotions and by encouraging customers to sign up to paperless invoicing and return customer satisfaction surveys.

The funds are now being used by the charity Build Africa to transform Kayela School, in the westerly Masindi district of the country, with new classrooms, sanitation facilities, desks, textbooks and a water supply.

Melanie Teal, chief executive of The Consortium, said: “Raising this amount for charity is a huge achievement and I’m very proud of our staff’s efforts to support Build Africa.

“We’re delighted these funds are making a real difference, transforming the learning environment at Kayela School to help the students fulfil their potential.”

Construction is already under way on the new school, which replaces one where children have to cram on to benches under a makeshift structure that has a straw roof.

James Gambrill, from Build Africa, said: “This will provide a safe, clean and well-equipped learning environment that will benefit hundreds of children, both now and in the future.”

The Consortium will be posting updates and photographs of the build’s progress online at

Source – ThisIsWiltshire