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The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund
The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund is a small non-governmental UK registered charity, which works to fight poverty in Uganda through education.
We aim to improve the quality of education in impoverished rural Ugandan schools by investing in buildings and providing hygienic and educational resources.
What started as a one-off donation of £3,000 to the Ugandan school where Henry was to have taught during his gap year, has grown into a charity which currently supports 49 nursery, primary and secondary schools, where over 1,700 separate projects have been completed.
The effect of the virus in Uganda has been immense with schools across the nation being directed to close in mid-March 2020 and not reopening until 7 months later, mid-October. Even in October, the classes to resume were only the “candidate” class years. This included the final class year pupils for primary schools, O Level and A Level. All national exams have been delayed until March 2021. The very poor rural schools, the ones we target to assist, are finding it very hard to operate within safe Covid restrictions. Most of these schools are compact with small grounds and poor overall teaching facilities. The effect of Covid-19 for all Ugandan schools will be felt for years to come.
As of Monday 7th June, President Museveni of Uganda has said that all schools and educational institutions are to close for a minimum of 42 days due to a rise of 17% increase of Covid cases. All teachers are to be vaccinated before any re-opening. How this will affect the 2020 academic year which is due to end on the 23rd July is unknown as yet.
Since January 2009, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex have been Patrons of The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. Their support has been invaluable to the charity, with both Princes supporting the fundraising efforts and profile of the charity.