The Hub are delighted to be launching a new networking opportunity in Tavistock.
Third Tuesday of alternate months from 0845 to 1000, with tea, coffee, croissants and sometimes pastries on offer. Please specify when booking (at least 3 days in advance) if you need gluten free etc.
We have a specified Charity of the Month, and all profit from the meeting goes to them. There is a suggested donation of £3 per person.
Nominated Charity for March & April - WATSAN
Our visiting speaker is Joseph Morris:
My name is Joseph Morris. I am 17 years old, live in Bere Ferrers, and
currently studying for my A Levels at Devonport High School for Boys. I want
to let you know about an exciting trip to Uganda that I am undertaking with a
group of 9 other young people and 9 adults. The trip is being organised by St
Peter’s Church in Bishops Waltham and we are going to help in a water and
sanitation project with WATSAN.
Britain is an island surrounded by water. It rains frequently and water is
available at the turn of a tap. But in south west Uganda, most people do not
have a tap, shower or toilet in their home. Their water supply typically comes
from a stream, river, pond or well. Many thousands of people collect their
water from muddy holes, and often have to walk several kilometres to collect
it. Women and children bear the brunt of this work. In wetter areas the water
is often low down and they must return up muddy slopes carrying 20 kg on
WATSAN is a UK charity dedicated to the support of a water and sanitation
programme in South West Uganda. Thanks to WATSAN’s work, people in
rural communities have access to life-saving clean water and hygienic toilet
facilities. The programme is managed by the Anglican Dioceses of North
Kigezi and Kinkiizi which cover some 500,000 people.
A typical unimproved latrine is smelly, fly-blown and dangerous to children.
WATSAN install Ventilated Improved Privies (‘VIPs’) and ‘Ecosan’ latrines,
which ensure that there is no smell, no flies and no embarrassment in using
the facilities. An Ecosan toilet uses an innovative but simple composting
system so that waste can be reused to mulch or fertilise crops.
When we visit in August we will be going to a village school at Rumbugu to
assist the local WATSAN team install a clean water supply with new taps and
toilet/hand washing facilities. The visiting team, as well as bringing financial
support, are keen to help with a particular project at this school. Currently
educational and health outcomes are poor for the children and if this work is
not carried out soon the school will have to close. Sanitation facilities are
grossly overloaded and dilapidated, and there is only one water tap with an
intermittent supply for the 400 children and staff. The tour could therefore be a
matter of life and death and continuing educational outcomes for the children
of Rumbugu, as well as a source of tremendous encouragement to our
In order to finance the trip, our team needs to raise £28,000 (£1,550 per
person) to cover the cost of flights, transport, accommodation, food and
resources for the project. To raise the £28,000, we are planning various team
events and individual initiatives.
I would like to invite you to lend a hand to this important work, which directly
benefits some of the poorest communities in the world by making a small
contribution to help with the costs of the trip by either forwarding a cheque
payable to PCC St Peter’s or an online payment to
where Gift Aid can be included