Current News From RYDA

Invite our Speaker to your congregation or club.
photo-filled ... 5 minutes to 45 minutes ... informative
Doug. Williams ... ... 0401 177 775
Click the picture below left for more detail.

To receive regular updates from this page, send an email to with the subject: Subscribe RYDA
How to Support RYDA...
Return to RYDA index...
Previous News...


Click the picture for detail
about our Guest Speaker

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
  • Google Maps link

All About RYDA

Click image for information about RYDA and St. Margaret's. (PDF - 2 pages)

RYDA Gift Certificates

  • Help to change the lives of children like these.
  • Christmas, birthday, any time you don't know what to give...
    now you do!
  • Read about our
    RYDA Gift Certificates.
McLean Family Dormitory in Service

These photos of the recently completed McLean Family Dormitory were taken on March 5th. The building is high on a hill at the top of the RYDA compound. In the front view, on the left of the picture you catch a glimpse of a building on the adjoining property further up the hill.

Painting has made it look a million dollars and the landscaping you see underway in front of it will be grassed level ground for relaxation. The photo of the rear is taken standing against the embankment that separates RYDA from the higher property.

Be happy! After all your fund raising and RYDA's construction over more than 3 years, the building is now occupied by 40 boys in their second year of training.


The estimated capacity of this dormitory is 200 students. 80 additional double bunk beds will be necessary for the building to reach its potential.

The new shower/toilet block stands on the recently graded land behind the building.

It needs to be finished.

New Bathroom Block

Our next project is to help complete this bathroom. Can you help?

Built with their own hands, this bathroom will house the first non-pit latrine on the site. It will be connected to the town water supply to provide a sanitary system that flushes to a septic tank. All that is needed to complete it is:

  • Roofing
  • Water connection / plumbing
  • Securing new urinals and toilet seats

We have helped to build the huge dormitory. How hard can this little building be?

How to Support RYDA has details about donating through St. Margaret's Uniting Church

Let Me Introduce You To...

...these two children who began their RYDA training in February.


Timothy is a special case. He is only 10 years old and RYDA usually only accepts children 12 - 18 years. Timothy is a Primary 4 drop out who has been referred by his desperate parents. He has begun an Art & Design course. In 2015 RYDA made a similar exception for Leon and in our April 2016 eNews we were able to report his success story. Similar hopes are held for Timothy.

Jenifer was referred by Kaliro District which is many hours drive away. She is 13 years old and lost both her parents at the age of two. She has begun a hairdressing course and after just two months the transformation in this young lady is clear to all staff.

How Many Students?

Currently there are 58 girls and 42 boys living and learning at RYDA. For the most part RYDA offers two year courses to government examination standard then tries to place graduating students in their first job. The current RYDA courses are:

  • Hairdressing
  • Tailoring
  • Art & Design
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Building & Construction
  • Catering
  • Plumbing
Hairdressing currently has the most students with 22 and Art & Design the least with 7. Students select one of these careers and the curriculum also includes:
  • Local language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Counselling & Guidance
  • Music, Dance & Drama
  • Business English

Double Diary Date

A Capella choir Singularity will present Iolanthe in concert at:

St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Mooroolbark
Sunday June 3rd, 2018

St. John's Uniting Church, Cowes
Sunday June 10th, 2018

Singularity has been singing for RYDA annually for many years.
It is always an afternoon not to be missed.
Which event will you attend?

Previous News