The Sunbeam Project

Hope for a bright future


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We have shoes

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 3:09 AM Comments comments (0)

A sunbeam of smiles on the faces of The Sunbeam Project children after recieving beautiful uniforms and school supplies from Joyce Nott is not going to fade until their uniforms are torn . I wish you would have seen the excitement of these little angels wearing shoes for the first time . Choosing which shoe goes to which feet was all fun. A big round of applause to Joyce Nott and Lorna Gladstone who graced the occasion .

The Terry Mushroom Centre is complete

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 4:29 PM Comments comments (0)

We are very excited to announce that the Terry Mushroom Centre was finished and planted about three weeks ago. We are now anxiously waiting for the first crop of mushrooms to push their heads through the soil.

Organic garden for Rubuguri

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 5:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to public demand for vegetables in Rubuguri Township and need to raise more money to meet the needs of the children, the board of directors decided that the project starts an organic vegetable garden 500 meters away from Rubuguri township. This garden is to act as a demonstration plot for the communities in Rubuguri and also be the food basket for the locals. If resources would allow, it would also multiply seeds locally and sell them to farmers. Like the mushroom centre, it will be managed by older orphans in Rubuguri and it will help to inculcate in the them a spirit of hard work and self reliance.

Announcing our new mushroom centre

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 5:39 AM Comments comments (1)

Due to a generous donation from Terry in Australia and tireless work from other international donors (Steve, Joyce and Lorna) we will soon be starting a mushroom centre close to the township of Rubuguri. It will provide training for our older children, act as a demonstration plot for the community as well as generating desperately needed income for Sunbeam Project. Have a look at the deatils on the Vegetable Gardens page.

Happiness and sadness

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunbeam School Begins First Term.

Last Monday it was all smiles over the children of Sunbeam Project as they trotted from their families to school. The usual time to start school is eight O'clock but by 7: 30 am even Edward, a perpetual late comer, was already at school. It was easy for them to forget their books from home but next to impossible to forget a cup and a plate. This of course was an indicator that they were tired of wallowing in hunger, misery, loneliness and despair at their homes. They longed to be at school, a home that would treat them as humans, a home that would give them hope, a home that they would feel at home. However by lunch time everyone looked pale because they did not see any smoke snaking from their little kitchen. When the bell for lunch break went tears started forming in their eyes down to their cheeks. I felt something like a knot forming on my throat as I tried to assure them of lunch the following day as I did not know where to get the money to buy food. What had started as a day of joy ended in sadness at Sunbeam School. Despite this , experience, there is hope, the staff is in a buoyant mood....

New teacher

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to announce that we have recruited an additional teacher. Miss Kenema will join us at the start of the new school year on 31 January to teach Primary One. She is a graduate from Kisoro Primary Teachers College and she is young and energetic. We wish her well in her new appointment.

Sponsor a child

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we added photos of some of the children that are seeking sponsorship. Please go and read their stories and aspirations on the Sponsor a Child page.

Sunbeam Project Become Model Farmers

Posted on December 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM Comments comments (0)


Some aims of Sunbeam Project have now started being realized in a very short time. Last Saturday the community was set aback by huge heads of cabbage in the Project garden bigger than they had never seen before. As a way of sustaining the project, Sunbeam Project decided to engage in farming and have harvested their first vegetable produce.

Despite the existence of a huge hotel near the community , the community had not realized the opportunities in growing vegetables until Sunbeam Project initiated the growing, hence becoming an eye opener for all. Everyone have now picked up a hoe and pulled the soil together into mounds around their homes as vegetable gardens. You could see smiles of success on the lips of Frances, the director of the project ,as he tried to lift up a cabbage with his two hands exclaiming “This is unbelievable how can a cabbage grow to this size? There is for sure, a hidden treasure in this soil we have to dig it out”.

With much satisfaction the Project has invested much energy and time in growing more vegetables to meet the needs of the children.

Bank account opened

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 5:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Our next milestone has been achieved with the opening of our bank account. This will greatly assist us with the receipt of money, ensure its safe custody and improve the transparency of our operations.

CBO Registration

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 7:01 AM Comments comments (0)

We have just managed to get our Registration Certificate as a Community Based Organisation from the local government office. Like all bureaucracies sitting in their offices for days on end paid dividends. We now have a legal basis to operate which provides protection for the children and the staff and ensures that we are accountable to the government as well as to our Board. There is a link to our certificate on the "About Us" page.