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Successful projects, studying and singing at Kakunga Girls’ Secondary School

Today donations to EPAfrica go 100% futher! From 2pm on Wednesday 12th July new regular donations to EPAfrica will be doubled – and one off donations matched by up to 50%. Donate There is nothing quite like travelling in a Kenyan Matatu. After our 10 hour matatu ride from Nairobi airport to our central house in Kakamega, we knew what awaited us on the morning of Friday the 30th of June as we set off […]

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Graduate school visit: Nombe Secondary School

Today donations to EPAfrica go 100% futher! From 2pm on Wednesday 12th July new regular donations to EPAfrica will be doubled – and one off donations matched by up to 50%. Donate As part of our first week training here in Uganda, we visited Nombe Secondary School, which received investment from EPAfrica in 2013 and 2014. We carried out what the charity calls a ‘courtesy call’, with the aim of checking how the projects carried […]


Mzungus go to the Mountain in Mbarara

by Mikolaj Grelewicz   Since our village is located in an absolutely stunning mountainous region near Mbarara town, Amanda, Corina and I were compelled to climb up one of the surrounding mountains.   To make our trip even more interesting and, more importantly, to avoid getting lost in the middle of nowhere, we decided to invite some locals and students to join our trip. Amanda’s beautiful advertisement –“Mzungus Going to the Mountain” – 20kg jackfruit and […]

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10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]


What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]

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Mmmmmmmbarara: food as friend or foe?

My monumental task for this blog is to discuss the extremely important issue of food. One of the great wonders: for some, food is more than just the fuel for life’s continuation, but that which brings joy to the body and mind, and unites friends together over common appetite. Perhaps I’m asking too much of food in Uganda which is better known for its carby-licious matooke (mashed steamed bananas) and posho (maize). Food can tell […]


Reflections on power and privilege

It’s the Second Week Meeting in Mbarara, and the Project Workers are standing in a line in the middle of the room. “Take a step forward for every time someone’s done your washing for you in the last two weeks.” A few PWs step forward. “Take a step forward for every time someone’s cooked dinner for you.” This time all the PWs take several steps forward. “Take a step back for every time you haven’t been […]

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Amanda, Corina and Miko outside their accommodation.

Project Workers settle into their schools in Mbarara

After a busy training week in Mbarara (read what our Project Workers thought here and here), last weekend the PWs were finally ready to spread their wings and fly the nest. They’ve now spent a full week living and working in their schools, and for me and my fellow coordinator Anna, the week was spent visiting them in their schools to see how they’re settling in. St Benedict’s Technical Institute – Amanda, Corina and Mikolaj Isingiro Secondary School – […]


QCOEF join forces with EPAfrica

Education Partnerships Africa were very excited to be one of three speakers at a charity formal in Clare College, Cambridge on Thursday 10th March. The event was hosted by QCOEF, the Queen’s and Clare Overseas Education Fund. This marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between QCOEF and EPAfrica, and has been kick-started with an amazing donation of £1,500 from QCOEF to EPAfrica’s 2016 central pot. QCOEF is a Cambridge-based charity that works with international, grassroots charities involved with supporting […]

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Breaking barriers to female education

Project Background: Female Education St Elizabeth Bumia Girls’ Secondary School, in Mumias District in Kenya’s Kakamega county, was a first year EPA school in 2015. The headteacher, Azibeta Odongo, had an enthusiasm for girls’ education. This drove the school’s expansion from a single class of 22 girls learning under a mango tree in 2002, to a thriving school of 256 girls when PWs arrived. Although the school has grown successfully, gender issues were still limiting […]