News

July 2016

The Ujamaa Children have moved into their new home which is fantastic news and such a milestone.   The Ujamaa Children's Trust has made grants of nearly £32,000 to assist with acquisition and build costs and the total build cost so far has been £137,000.  Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us along the way.

June 2016

The Ujamaa Children's Trust annual report for 2015 has been finalised and we can confirm that in 2015 we raise £12,825.  Thank you to all of our supporters this is a fantastic achievement.

February 2016

Natalie Seef successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised over £5,000 for the Ujamaa Children's Trust.  Congratulations Natalie and thank you to all those who supported her through donations to the Ujamaa Children's Trust.

January 2016

Imogen one of our trustees visited the Ujamaa Children's Home over New Year.  In 2015 three new children joined the Ujamaa Children's Home so it now looks after 13 children and so it was great for Imogen to have the opportunity to meet the new children.  Once again there were trips to the swimming pool, something the children really enjoy.

June 2015

There has been so much progress on the building project in the last year.  The roof is on and the house is big.  Currently work is progressing on door frames, window frames and grills and electrical and plumbing which is all very exciting.

The Ujamaa Children's Trust has made grants of just over £5,000 towards the building project already this year.  These funds are pooled with money raised by the various other organisations which support the Ujamaa Children's Home.

April 2015

Stuart Parnaby did a sterling job of running the Virgin London Marathon for us this year in almost bang on 4 hours and raising £4,467 in sponsorship (inclusive of gift aid) in the process. Thank you so much to Stuart for supporting us and to all of those that supported Stuart.

Imogen, one of our trustees visited the Ujamaa Children's Home in April.  Imogen was able to enjoy some outings with the children including trips to the swimming pool, a day out at the Mount Meru Game Lodge and a picnic and sports day with the kids from the House of Happiness Home. 

April 2014

Imy, one of our trustees, has just returned from a trip to Arusha.  The kids are all on great form and as it was school holidays Imy arranged a number of outings including a trip to Lake Chala, Arusha National Park and a local swimming pool and playground.  These trips were made possible by the supporters of the Ujamaa Children's Trust so thank you!

Great progress has been made with the building of the new Children's Home.  The site is impressive  and the foundations are in and work has started on the walls.  For the next phase we need to raise about another £11,000 to finish the walls, £13,000 for the roof and about another £5,500 to complete the boundary wall and put on the gates.  Any donations are of course welcome!

January 2014

We have calculated our figures for 2013 and are pleased to confirm that in the year from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013 the Ujamaa Children's Trust has made grants totalling £12,866 to the Ujamaa Children's Home in Tanzania.  The grants were used to fund a number of things including taking the kids on a three day safari and contributing £11,300 to fund the building of a new wall around the site of the new children's home.   

July 2013

Plans are underway to build a new children's home on land that has been purchased.  The first job is to build a high wall around the property which is important for security going forward.  We have the permit to build and a quote from the builder who is working with us and hope that work will get started soon.  The Ujamaa Children's Trust is going to fund the majority of this first bit of the building project, which is very exciting, and if we can raise enough we will be able to fund the whole of the building cost of the wall, so any donations are welcome!

December 2012


2012 was a great year for the Ujamaa Children's Trust and we raised £6,826.60.  This means that we no longer qualify as a small exempt charity and are currently in the process of applying for registration with the UK charity commission.

A huge thank you to all of our supporters and a special thanks must go to Susie Fisher who raised over £3,000 running the 2012 London Marathon, Lucy Bradlow who raised around £700 running a half marathon, Charlie Fisher who raised over £500 on a 130 mile cycle ride and Jennie Murchie who raised over £300 running the Bath half marathon.

The Ujamaa Children's Home Tanzania, the Tanzanian trust that runs the Children's Home, now has a bank account and has purchased a plot of land on which we hope to build a permanent home for the kids.  The Ujamaa Children's Trust has transferred £5,000 to the Tanzanian bank account.  So far that money has been used for various fees associated with the land transfer including a Municipal Council Land Survey and Construction Permits.  In addition we have funded fire and ambulance insurance cover for the Children's Home which is important given that Tanzania does not have an NHS and the Children's Home does not have its own form of transport.  We have also contributed to Mama Gloria's school fees as she is attending a course on NGO Management.

The next task will be to assist with funding building a fence around the boundary of the new land that has been purchased and ultimately the focus of the Ujamaa Children's Home Tanzania is going to be to raise enough money to build on the land and we will support them as much as we can.

31 March 2012

Susie Fisher is running the London Marathon to raise money for the Ujamaa Children’s Trust and the Arsenal Foundation.  Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Susie so far including in particular Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!

26 March 2012

Susie Fisher is running the London Marathon to raise money for the Ujamaa Children’s Trust and the Arsenal Foundation and in preparation Susie is hosting a pub quiz at a pub in Kings Cross, London on Wednesday 18 April.  We are all looking forward to a great night and there will also be a raffle on the night with some great raffle prizes.  If you would like to enter a team, please contact us and we will provide further information.

11 March 2012

Congratulations to Jennie Murchie for completing the Bath Half Marathon and raising £412.25 for the Ujamaa Children’s Trust.  You are a star.

31 December 2011

Thank you everyone who has supported us in our first year.  We have raised over £4,000 which is just amazing.  The plan is that the money will be used along with the money raised in Australia to purchase land, the first step towards building a permanent home for the children.  2012 is about raising the money to build.

15 June 2011

The Ujamaa Children's Trust now has UK charitable tax status which means that if you would like to run, walk or just set up an event to raise money for us you can now set up a Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving Page for your event which is an easy way to raise money. Please just get in touch if you would like to raise money for us and we will let you have the necessary details.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 4th Annual Day on the Green Pub Crawl which raised a massive £1,374 for the Ujamaa Children's Trust and thank you so much to Tam, Louise and Phil for organising.

25 May 2011

Thank you very much to Lucy Watson for helping us raise money with the first sponsored event for the Ujamaa Children's Trust! Well done for completing a half marathon in 2 hours and 3 minutes, that's amazing and thanks to everyone who sponsored Lucy. If anyone else wants to undertake a sponsored activity for the Ujamaa Children's Trust please let us know!