Sarah Howells reports from Uganda on the work of Barnstaple-based charity Amigos

FOR more than a decade, Barnstaple-based charity Amigos has been striving to change lives of young Ugandans.

This year, 38 students are learning valuable life-skills at the charity’s newly built Kira Farm Training Centre and next year that number will rise to 40.

The Gazette has always closely followed the work of the charity and this month we’re reporting back from Kira Farm itself.

From memories of violent conflict, to stories of hope, correspondent Sarah Howells will be offering a unique insight into life in poverty-stricken rural Africa.

Sarah, 22, from Braunton will be reporting on the work of the charity and the students’ stories in a specially created blog on this website.

“Uganda currently has the highest unemployment rates in the world, with 83 per cent of 18-25-year-olds in the country without a job,” said Sarah, who flew out to Uganda on Sunday to begin a two-week voluntary work placement at Kira Farm.

“Many of the students have suffered the loss of one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDs or conflict, and are battling their unstable pasts to learn important skills and self belief.”

To read Sarah’s insightful look at life at Kira Farm, click on the link above or follow the tabs to our blog section under North Devon Life.

For more information about Amigos telephone (01271) 377664.