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Kevin Byatt - Uganda Charity Trip
Written by - Dan Wade on 30/01/2018

Our very own Kevin Byatt is undertaking an immensely important charity trip to Uganda to help install solar panels for families who regularly put their lives at risk using toxic and dangerous fuels. Here is a message from Kevin:

Hello, my name is Kevin Byatt. I am a heating engineer working in the Mechanical section of Estates & Facilities at The University of Southampton.

In March I will be travelling to a village called Bakuku in Uganda. It is to undertake local charity work in the surrounding area. It’s my first time but I will be going with my brother-in-law, Rick Mills, who has been several times before. Our travel costs are being sponsored by a registered charity, “Hearts & Hands for Africa”. They fully appreciate and encourage the good work being done.

The primary work involves installing solar powered lighting in the homes of the villagers. They are traditionally lit by kerosene which is costly, toxic and dangerous for the families. This project is ongoing, working for the most vulnerable families, HIV victims and single parents first. On the last visit, with the help of two boys from the school, 7 full systems were installed and 20 individual mobile lights were given out.

The Charity have close contacts with the local Doctor and Orphanage, they are able to introduce us to people who desperately need help. A prosthetic arm was bought for Brian and a wheelchair provided for Stella.

On a previous trip, Rick organised a modern and usable prosthetic leg for 25 year old Asaba. Since he found his mobility he has met and married a young woman and is expecting a baby. He has rented a small hut-shop and has been selling food & drink to the village to support his family.

The charity give great support to the local Orphanage & School supplying mattresses, blankets and food. Also paid for repairs to the school building and have installed toilets.

Another great project was the purchase of Sewing machines. They have made a huge difference to the village young girls. Local woman are making sanitary pads – a precious commodity which allows the girls to get to school every day of the month.

Nearly all the things we need are already there, they just need to be bought and given to the right people. That’s where we need your help. I have set up a “Just Giving Page” https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kevin-byatt-rick-mills and all the donations will help these people. There are no “Admin or management costs”!

Thank you again for your help.