Welcome to the Banunule School Support Group Website
About the BSSG
The BSSG is a registered UK charity working to raise funds to support Banunule Primary School in Kampala, Uganda.
Banunule provides an excellent free primary education for about 180 orphaned and underprivileged children. Food, uniform, medical and welfare support are also provided. Banunule receives no government funding and relies entirely on fundraising and donations. It costs about £240 to keep a child in School for a year.
BSSG was founded in 2007 by Maura Jeffrey on her return to Belgium from 3 years voluntary service as Head Teacher of Banunule School. BSSG currently holds a major fundraising event each year in Belgium: an English-language Quiz Night. BSSG also enters a sponsored team in the Brussels 20km Road Race.
Grants have been generously provided by a number of organisations, including the Schuman Trophy, Europe Third World, the NATO Christmas Bazaar, St Paul's Church, Tervuren, Belgium, The Brussels Light Opera Company, St Andrew's Church, Buckland Monachorum, the British School of Brussels, the Lions Heraldic Club of Brussels, the Paragon School Bath, Ysgol Botwnnog School in Wales, Milborne Lodge School, King's Hill Christian Fellowship and the Round Table in Fort William. Some of the grants the charity receives have supported specific projects such as renovations to the roof and classrooms, a new clinic, a tailoring workshop, extension of the dining/assembly hall, a new kitchen, the purchase of desks and benches, a security wall/fence and an outdoor classroom for the children.
Also importantly, a steady income is received from individuals through standing orders. Christmas cards and jewellery made in Uganda by local artists are sold to raise funds. Where donors have not specified a project, donations are spent on teachers' salaries and everyday needs of the School, without which the School could not continue.
BSSG is now run from Maura's new base in England, and will be adding some UK fundraising operations to its Belgian activities. The Support Group is committed to maintaining a steady rhythm of fund-raising events which not only provide an income but keep the profile of the School high. A continuing aim is to increase the number of standing orders to enhance the School’s sustainability.
The BSSG takes a close interest in the use of the funds it provides to the School. This is achieved through holding a seat on the Banunule Board of Directors, and by sending a representative to Kampala if possible once a year to visit the School and attend a Board meeting.