Partnering with the UK-based charity Build Africa, we are supporting schools and communities in rural Uganda. Our focus is on creating a more stable and equal society through education and financial access for those who traditionally have had no access to finance. Through a unique programme of field trips, Euroclear staff are given the chance to go out to Uganda and work together with the communities and schools, to help create a sustainable and self-reliant society.
The Euroclear team has just returned from rural Uganda, where we are supporting a cluster of 6 schools and communities. We certainly had a full agenda - visiting 5 schools in the neighbourhood, taking part in the savings & loans weekly meetings, visiting local businesses supported by Build Africa and Euroclear and organising two sports days.
It's always inspiring to see how communities with so little manage to come up with innovative solutions to the many challenges that they face. The support that we are giving, along with Build Africa's invaluable guidance, gives these communities the impetus to move forward and start to build a sustainable future. As always, we returned feeling privilege and honoured to have been a part of this amazing experience.
The first three years of our work with the UK charity Build Africa saw Kalengo primary school go from holding classes in the dust under a mango tree to well-equipped classroom blocks with a new kitchen, library and robust teachers' accommodation. The Kalengo community has also thrived, with flourishing savings & loans schemes and small businesses being set up so that the local families can break out of the poverty cycle.
Build Africa's focus is on creating a more stable and economically sound community through education - with an emphasis on enabling prosperity in the whole community. Financial inclusion is an important aspect of this, which is why we are extending our support to not only include more local schools, but also to set up further savings & loans schemes and actively fund and promote local livelihoods.