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Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund


The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund (HvSMF) is a volunteer led UK charity that was set up in 2007 by Claire and Alexander van Straubenzee in memory of their son, who died in 2002 aged 18. The organisation has an annual income of around £300,000 and aims to improve the quality of education in south east Uganda by partnering with local schools and investing in buildings and educational resources. HvSMF take a number of factors into account when selecting which schools to support, including sanitation and water needs, teaching of hygiene principles in school and attitudes of teaching staff and district education officers. HvSMF projects are overseen by a Project Director who lives in Uganda, and building projects are carried out by local contractors who have been working with HvSMF since 2007. To date HvSMF have partnered with 39 schools, currently benefitting over 27,000 children.

TWF first supported HvSMF in 2012 with a grant of £10,000 towards the construction of teachers’ accommodation, plus teachers’ latrines and washrooms, and provision of 48 bunk beds at Bupadhengo Primary School. In 2014 TWF awarded HvSMF with a second grant of £9,375 to cover the costs of renovating and constructing new latrines, providing pupil washrooms and two 20,000 litre water tanks at Kisadhaki Nursery and Primary school. Project impact will be monitored through bi-annual in-situ visits by the trustees, consultations with staff and students, and monitoring of attendance and exam results.

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Harvesting Uganda’s plentiful rain from the buildings

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The trustees and children commissioning the TWF 2014 Nursery Latrines






Last updated Monday 19 March, 2018