Summer Team


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 […]

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Photo Tour of Kakamega!

EPAfrica Project Workers spend most of the summer living in rural areas where our schools are located. However, Project Managers and Coordinators are based in a town nearby, and Project Workers are free to come back here to buy supplies, rest, and meet up at the central house. Take a look through our photo tour of Kakamega Town, one of these central sites! Kakamega Town Centre Tour Africa, our favourite eating spot! Fantastic meals and delicious […]


The EPAfrica Approach

Last weekend saw the Kakamega central house busy with project workers back for this year’s midsummer meeting. Besides an excuse to share cupfuls of chai and munch on mandazi, this gave us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the EPAfrica approach. What principles underpin our work and strategy? How do these manifest themselves on the ground in East Africa? What are the challenges we face as we try to realise our model, and how can […]

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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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How does EPAfrica find partner schools?

On Thursday the 28th of July, Taru, the project manager in Kisii, took me to my first school visit to St Peter’s Keberesi Secondary School. This was my first school selection visit – I was very excited to learn more about the local secondary education and the process through which EPAfrica selects its partner schools. We left the town centre early in the morning, travelling first to Mogunga, from where we took another matatu to […]


Ematsuli and Emanyinya: The Partnership beyond Project Workers

On Thursday evening the Kakamega Summer Team hosted the principals and deputy principals of Ematsuli and Emanyinya at an EPAfrica Friends Evening at Sheywe Guesthouse. While both schools graduated from our programme in 2015, we were very fortunate to have their respective deputy heads, Josephat and Douglas, attend our annual Head Teachers Conference. Over the course of the day, the pair played an integral role taking a lead in discussions and demonstrating to our new […]

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Announcing the Innovation Seed Fund

This year EPAfrica will be investing over £1000 of funds in seven innovative project ideas in our partners school, as part of a new initiative to continuously improve and develop our programme EPAfrica invests funds, time and energy into our school partnerships. We send our Project Workers (PWs) to live and work in our partner schools in order that they can develop the contextual understanding and strong relationships that will enable their time, money and […]


Graduation in Mbarara: what happens after investment?

Ellie and I got the pleasure of going to Kakiika Technical School on Monday in our roles as Project Manager (Ellie) and Coordinator of EPAfrica‘s Mbarara Summer Team.         Kakiika is a school we worked with in 2013 and 2014: our first two years with an Mbarara site. After two years of investment we still visit our partner schools annually: on Monday Head Teacher Eliazar and Deputy Head Teacher Silver gave us a tour of 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 […]