Liz Parker, founder of the charity AFFCAD UK approached Inspired Homes with an inspiring story about the charity’s mission to support some of the poorest and deprived communities in the world. Moved by their passion and dedication, Inspired are delighted to be supporting such a great cause. We caught up with Liz to find out more about AFFCAD and how you can get involved!
Who are AFFCAD UK?
AFFCAD UK is a small, friendly organisation that supports the people of Bwaise – the largest and poorest slum in Uganda. We believe that extreme poverty can be reduced by working together and look to build connections between those in Bwaise to us here in the UK and throughout the rest of the world.
How did the charity come about?
AFFCAD stands for ‘Action for Fundamental Change and Development’ and AFFCAD UK are part of the AFFCAD family, which was founded in 2009 by four friends; Meddy, Jaffar, Richard and Brian. They grew up and went to school in Bwaise and then decided to stay in and work towards transforming their local community. Their influence has improved education, health and youth employment.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Our main focus for 2017/18 is the Excel School Rebuild. Due to increasing rent for the current school and lack of space to accommodate a full primary education up to P7, we want to buy our own land and rebuild the Excel Primary School. We are currently in the process of buying the land and designing our new school. We plan to be up and running by 2018!
The other project we are working on (and which we kindly thank Inspired and Hyperoptic for sponsoring!) is Bus2Bwaise. Our partners, JAGS (James Allen’s Girls’ School), donated a school mini bus to the charity. Once it has reached the destination of Bwaise, the mini bus will serve as a means of transportation for the AFFCAD Ugandan team and the children of Excel Primary School.
What role can the property industry play?
The property industry is an industry that reaches a large variety of people. AFFCAD UK believe in making connections between the people of Bwaise and people and business in the UK, and worldwide. By raising awareness of the extreme poverty that exists in Bwaise, we can together tackle and reduce this problem.
How can people get involved?
There are a number of ways for people to get involved – from fundraising to joining us on a trip to Uganda, through to volunteering time and expertise here in the UK! Please take a look at our page to see how: http://affcaduk.org/#Get-involved