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Where is RYDA?

  • 8 miles from Kampala off Kampala-Mityana Road, near Buloba High School & Teachers' College
  • Latitude: 0 19 27.68" North
    Longitude: 32 27 57.70" East
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All About RYDA

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Donations Transferred

The previous news was published at the beginning of February when the total of the Christmas Gift Certificates and other donations through January wasn't know. A few days later all the amounts were collected and we were able to transfer:

$2358.80 AUD

which included $1425 from the certificate giving. Thank you again to all who were part of that giving sequence. We know some of the funds were used to purchase paint to give RYDA a facelift - see article below - and we believe the balance was used to complete the sanitary block project. No photos of that as yet though.

RYDA Facelift

March 19th Director Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune informed as that:

...the Ministry of Education requires all private and Government schools to put their Institution to order before they're closed. Yesterday they started visiting these institutions and it is interesting to report that they were fascinated with the total outlook of the RYDA facility and children and the team. Our score card was 85% and the best institution in Wakiso District.
Knowing this critical assessment was coming the staff and students set to work over a month ago to neaten up and brighten up the facilities. Photos below show the result. You can see why RYDA received such a good report.

Double Diary Date

A Capella choir Singularity will present Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience in concert at:


St. Margaret's Uniting
Church, Mooroolbark
Sunday June 2nd, 2019

St. John's Uniting
Church, Cowes
Sunday June 9th, 2019

Please put aside one of these dates now.
Singularity has been singing for RYDA annually for many years.
It is always an afternoon not to be missed. Which event will you attend?
More information next month.

Director's Experience Recognised

Dear our Partners,

Years have gone with our partners and friends supporting Rubaga Youth Development Association (RYDA) programme activities. Indeed you have reshaped our development strata and our will to continue all these years. The pride of these continuous developments is shared by all RYDA, Partners and supporters.

This year the Executive Director RYDA has been selected to chair the Skilling Uganda Program (Non formal Program). This national program is targeting the vulnerable young people who have not got the opportunity to acquire skills for self sustenance.

All this recognition is due to proper usage of the resources which have been extended to RYDA in rebuilding its center. When we sit and reflect for all these years of support from the printing of the street children book, tennis balls, rebuilding the Kasubi Hall to mention but a few. It is a real journey to be proud of. For us at RYDA we are very grateful for the support and a compassionate heart of our supporters who have made us different from the others in the country. Our approach to youth development is totally different from others in the country.

Small donations which are regular has made us more consistent on being on track. May all those who have supported us over the years be rewarded abundantly. The recent grant sent was also used to give a new facelift to our center and work on the toilet to the boys dormitory.

I will always remember the lovely faces of our supporters who have contributed a lot to growth without which we wouldn't have been where we are.

Shalom
Geoffrey Steven Kyeyune

Student Art on Display

RYDA Facilities on Display


Hairdressing section. The first room of two rows of teaching spaces.
RYDA entrance is to the left of this building.


All teaching spaces except the first room on the right
which is the Infirmary.

Up the hill to the two boys' dormitories.
The first is the newer McLean Family Dormitory.


Turn 180. Director Geoffrey, foreground, in conversation with a group.
Administration building is in the background. Matoke plantation (green banana) to the left on the rise above the lawn. Self help food source.

Diagonally behind administration is another building and behind that, across a small local road, is the girls' dormitory compound, Principal's house and RYDA kitchen.


St. Margaret Hall, the central meeting point for all the RYDA community. A place for celebration, graduation and a range of events
which include the local community.

RYDA stands midway up a hill above the Kampala-Mityana Road. St. Margaret Hall can be seen from the road and from the new housing developments on the hillside across the valley.

Living in this place must be so good for the souls and spirits of the orphaned and vulnerable children who come to RYDA to learn a trade, gain a government certificate and change their future.

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