The Jinja Educational Trust aims to improve the education, training and welfare of young people in Uganda so they can go on to acquire the necessary skills for a successful and fulfilling life.

Education in Uganda is highly valued with both teachers and students working hard to achieve the best they can. However, school buildings and equipment are often little more than wooden shacks and a stick of chalk. Through building high-quality schools and making sure they are well equipped and staffed, we aim to be an example of best practice which other schools in the Jinja area can aspire to. This enables the students to achieve their full potential, whether it is through an academic or a vocational route.

We work in partnership with UK teaching and medical advisers and the local community to ensure the projects supported by the Trust make a positive and lasting impact that is sustainable for the future. If we are to succeed it is vital that we care for health as well as education because they coexist with each other. Providing clean water facilities and nutrition is paramount in providing a higher standard of student health which in turn improves school attendance.

The Trust has worked in Jinja for over 11 years, which has given us time to gather the experience we need to be productive and to see the real value of a good education. It is run by a team of trustees based in the UK. In Uganda, we have a UK Country Manager (who is resident in Jinja), a Ugandan Country Manager and a Ugandan team of assistants. The Trustees visit Jinja regularly and have constant contact with the Country Manager. This enables us to monitor projects on a regular basis and to identify potential new ones. Fundraising is a major part of our work and we hold events to raise awareness and financial assistance. We are extremely grateful to our network of supportive schools, sponsors and volunteers in the UK. Without these, we would not be able to provide ongoing support for the children in our schools and orphanages. It is vital that we are able to offer continuity to these vulnerable young people, and that they can rely on us to provide the support they so desperately need.

As trustees of the Jinja Educational Trust we have all travelled to Uganda many times over the past 6 years. We meet regularly to discuss the best way to support the projects and to identify new ones. We are all volunteers and all our trips are self-funded.

Jon Symonds, Chairman

Jon has many years’ experience in the corporate world and in particular in the pharmaceutical industry having been CFO of AstraZeneca and Novartis.

Sue Symonds

Sue and Tessa are responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and the fundraising. They travel to Jinja the most frequently and keep in touch with our supporters in the UK and the projects in Jinja.

Tessa Douch

Sue and Tessa are responsible for the day to day running of the Trust and the fundraising. They travel to Jinja the most frequently and keep in touch with our supporters in the UK and the projects in Jinja.

Sally Funnell

Sally is a teacher, specialising in Early Years education. She has taken teaching groups out to Jinja and coordinates the teaching support we offer in Jinja.

Dr Hamish Cameron

Hamish is a doctor who has been working with local medical and healthcare practitioners to improve the care and wellbeing of the children in our schools and orphanages.

Jacqui Onslow

Jacqui is a senior school textiles and food technology teacher who oversees the vocational and senior school education of our schools in Jinja.