Kids Club Kampala's 'Miles in Their Shoes 2022 challenge'! 

We are a small international development charity working in Uganda. Our mission is to support vulnerable kids in Uganda in their immidiate needs and stregnthening their futures! Over the past 3 years, with the support of Duncan and World Walking, a total of 12 teams have headed off on a virtual adventure to fundraise for Kids Club Kampala. 

This year, teams and individuals walked, ran, cycled and swam to raise money for Kids Club Kampala’s Feeding Futures campaign, supporting families within Kampala’s slum communities with healthy, nutritious meals through Uganda’s current cost of living crisis. 

Food prices in Uganda have increased by 400% over the past 2 years. In 2020, we could feed a child a hot, nutritious meal for 20p, now that very same meal costs £1. For families already living on the poverty line, this is having devastating consequences. As food prices continue to rise in Uganda, as is the number of children facing malnourishment and starvation. 7.2 million people in East Africa are at risk of starvation and 12.8 million children are acutely malnourished. Our Feeding Futures appeal is supporting families in our communities with vital food parcels through this crisis. 

A total of 49 people in 5 teams got involved in the Miles in Their Shoes 2022 challenge and raised an amazing £5,148 for our Feeding Futures appeal. Each individual had a personal fundraising target of £128, the cost of a monthly family food parcel in Kampala’s slum communities. The £5,148 raised by Miles in Their Shoes 2022 could provide 160 family food parcels, each containing 75 meals, totalling an amazing 12,065 meals! 

This fundraising challenge helped supporters to gain a greater understanding of what life is like for children who live in the slums of Kampala, the barriers they face, and how Kids Club Kampala are helping to remove those barriers and create sustainable, systematic change. 

This was the third year of the Miles in Their Shoes challenge. In previous years the route has been from Birmingham to Uganda. This year, with the help of the World Walking team, we managed to plan a route around Uganda, celebrating Ugandan culture and exploring its natural beauty. 

To help motivate the supporters, Kids Club Kampala and the World Walking team found 10 different checkpoints along the route to highlight their achievements so far and discuss one of the projects in Kampala. The route around Uganda, starting and finishing in Kampala, was a total distance 1,148 miles. Our supporters visited the natural wonders of the Ssippi Falls, and the bustling cities of Gulu and Jinja. 

At the end of the 9 weeks, supporters were invited to attend the ‘Finish Line Party’, where they celebrated their achievements and found out the grand total raised from their hard work. Prizes were also awarded to the person who raised the most money and the person who took the best photo along the route. 

Advice from the World Walking team proved invaluable when planning the route around Uganda and selecting the different checkpoints. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to them! Their easy to use app allowed our fundraisers to connect with the Kids Club Kampala mission and raise money for families in need in Uganda. 

THANK YOU WORLD WALKING! 

If you would like to be involved in next years Miles in Their Shoes challenge make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter! Sign up here: www.kidsclubkampala.org/newsletter

Jessica Cole

Fundraising Manager - Kids Club Kampala

It always delights us when we see others using World Walking to help others.  

One of the charities which made good use of World Walking this year is Linda's Fund, a small-volunteer-led charity based in Fortrose in the Scottish Highlands which raises money for further education bursaries to help students of the Mulanje Mission Community Day Secondary School in Malawi find employment.

Here's their story.


How about walking 8,898 miles to Malawi?!  If someone had suggested that a few years ago I would have laughed but with the wonders of the internet, World Walking and the help of 14 others it was possible to do it without leaving UK let alone the Highlands. 

Raising money for Linda’s Fund, supporting vocational education in Malawi, we set off on 1st February to walk the the distance by combining everyone’s mileage. We completed the distance on 1st July which was an average of roughly 600miles each or 4 miles a day everyday. Some people managed almost 3 times the average however it was not a competition but a challenge. 

The route once in Europe followed almost exactly the route that my late wife Linda and I travelled in 1979 when we drove from UK to Baghdad where we lived for 3 years. We virtually walked through, France, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan passing well known sites like Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Damascus and Petra and that was roughly only the half way point! Into Egypt we crossed the Suez Canal, passed the Pyramids and then followed the Nile south into Sudan and Ethiopia. From Sudan we stayed in the Rift Valley through the Masi Mara and Serengeti before entering the north of Malawi. From there it was still another 550 miles south along the shore of lake Malawi to Mulanje Mission and Fortrose Academy‘s partner school. 

Money raised so far (July 2022) is about £3000. It provides much needed bursaries for students to undertake vocational training at colleges. Most of the students have to live away from home to go to college. The annual cost of accommodation and fees of about £350 a student, although much less than UK, is equivalent to over a years salary and therefore out of reach for the vast majority of families who attend the school. 

Since 2007 we have given 32 students the opportunity to study and most have gone on to get employment or use their skills to start businesses in the area. One year we had over 30 applications for 3 bursaries! 

Two recent examples:- 

  • Loveness studied hairdressing for 1 year and with further help of £50 for hairdryers set up a local business; and
  • Louis studied electrical installation for 3 years and now has a full time job in a factory in the capital city Lilongwe. 
A current student Two Gweta who is studying motor mechanics wrote to us in July 2022 

“ Hie sir, I hope you are fine. And am also fine here. Thank you for the greatest job that you have been doing upon my studies and the love being shown to me since I started my level one in automobile mechanics. It has been a hard time to make it from level one to level 3 but I do thank God for his grace, mercy and favour in all the time. Pass my greeting to the whole Linda's fund team.“ 

The fund is managed in Malawi by a local committee chaired by the Head Teacher and in the UK by a small group of volunteers. 

It is very rewarding to hear back from students and for all the support given to the Fund over the years from both individuals and Fortrose Academy staff, pupils and parents. We can only make small changes but they all can add up to make a big difference. 

The virtual walk was great fun and encouraged us all to keep walking. Maybe next year we can virtually climb Everest as the next challenge?! 

More information about Linda’s Fund and how to support it can be found on our charity's website. 

Thanks to the wonderful World Walking team for setting the walk up for us, making it happen and providing the ability to easily track our progress. Phones or Fitbits recorded our individual mileage and linked to their app when we submitted details daily, weekly or whenever we wanted.

Alastair Nelson

Trustee of Linda's Fund.

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