Harpenden Spotlight on Africa

Harpenden Spotlight on Africa

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  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • International development
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants

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Harpenden Spotlight on Africa is a partnership between a team of volunteers in the UK with responsibility for community links, fundraising, strategic oversight and financial management, and our sister organisation Spotlight on Africa Uganda Foundation, delivering our projects in the Mbale region of Eastern Uganda. The Ugandan team is very experienced and works alongside local government and community leaders, delivering projects in challenging environments, transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa.

We work in four areas: education, health, clean water and economic development, meeting basic needs and allowing people to build fulfilling lives.



Education is where HSOA first started its work, and is at the heart of our projects in the Mbale area. We currently support a primary school with over 1200 pupils, including many orphaned and vulnerable children.  We provide high quality education,  a welfare programme and give each child a meal each day, for some the only food they will have.



Our starting point for improving health is through hygiene and basic healthcare education.We are currently constructing an immunisation centre and we support over 250 Community Health Promoters who volunteer to teach their communities about basic health care.


A clean water supply drastically improves the quality of life in a village. We have constructed 20 boreholes and are currently building new toilets and a girls washroom at the school.


Providing a source of income helps the disadvantaged help themselves. We have just set up carpentry and sewing training workshops which will give people employment skills, we have provided goats to the local community and set up a fish farm. 


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