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Bideford group helps turn round young Ugandan’s life

PUBLISHED: 11:02 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:02 20 July 2016

Bernard Isabirye working on the broken school desks.

Bernard Isabirye working on the broken school desks.


Bideford FUNdraisers sponsored young Ugandan through life-changing Kira Farm training centre.

Bernard showing off the school uniform he is making. Bernard showing off the school uniform he is making.

A young Ugandan man has turned his life around thanks to the support of a Bideford group.

The FUNdraisers, based at Bideford Arts Centre, sponsored Bernard Isabilye through a year at Kira Farm Development Centre in Uganda.

Bernard, 22, who was orphaned at the age of four, came to the project run by Barnstaple charity Amigos from a life of poverty.

But thanks to the support of the FUNdraisers and Amigos, he has now turned his life around and has a job as a tailor and teaching conflict resolution in a school.

He said: “I’m hoping to buy a plot of land by the end of the year so I can build a house and a tailoring workshop.

“I now feel my life is important, so I treat it as important.”

The FUNdraisers are a group of learners on the Independent Living and Leisure Skills programme with Learn Devon, who have been raising money for good causes since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Caroline Gale, tutor at the FUNdraisers, said: ‘Sponsoring students at Kira Farm – and we’ve done quite a few now – really extends the horizons of our learners.

“It helps them understand other cultures and appreciate all the luxuries we take for granted in this country.

“Bernard was a great character and we are thrilled to see him doing so well.”

If you are interested in sponsoring a student at Kira Farm, call Amigos on 01271 377664 or email for an information pack.

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