Here’s how the story unfolds:
February 1999: Geoff and Geraldine Booker of the Quicken Trust visit villages in Uganda and Kenya with friends. Geraldine visits Kabubbu.
February 2000: Geoff and Geraldine return with two friends for more research. Meet government ministers and local experts. Discuss priorities with village elders. Meet 400 children – many of them orphans. Agree to return to UK to tell their story.
Spring 2000: Geoff and Geraldine invited to speak in schools, Rotary Clubs and churches in Sussex. Kabubbu captures people’s imagination. Fundraising begins.
July 2000: First 12 orphans partnered by UK families – the children are enrolled at school 6 miles from the village and provided with basic food and healthcare.
July 2000: Third visit to Kabubbu – more resources taken. Six-acre plot for primary school identified in Kabubbu. Site purchased in August. Charity with experience in constructing schools, Ambassadors of Hope, offers help. Villagers stockpiling sand and home-produced fired bricks ready for construction.
December 2000: British Airways begins supporting Quicken Trust through “Change for Good” scheme. BA funds construction of first water borehole on planned primary school site.
Mid-2001: Fundraising for primary school reaches £20,000.
August 2001: 72-hour sponsored “Bike Ride to Uganda” supported by hundreds of people raises £25,000 — sufficient funds now available to build school. Building starts in November 2001.
February 2002: Quicken Trust helps set up the The Kabubbu Development Project as a local NGO (charity).
March 2002: Kabubbu Community Primary School opened by British High Commissioner to Uganda, Tom Phillips, local MPs and area leaders. 1,000 local people attend ceremony. 60 children enrolled.
2002: More supporters and child partners sign up after a 1 1/2 page article about Quicken Trust appears in Daily Mail.
2002: Fundraising begins for Library and Adult Literacy project.
Summer 2003: Sponsored bike ride raises funds for a Health Centre.
2003: Library and Adult Literacy Centre opens.
2004: Health Centre opened by British High Commissioner to Uganda, Adam Wood. Four qualified nurses. Funded by Quicken supporters, British Airways and Unicef.
2005: Welfare project set up with grants from BA and Unicef. Five more boreholes funded by Samaritans Purse International.
Autumn 2005: Tourist site constructed. First visitors arrive 2006.
December 2005: Primary school choir visits UK.
January 2006: First baby born at Kabubbu Health Centre – named Amina.
February 2006: First partnered students start at Trust High School.
July 2006: First visitors stay at Tourist site.
September 2006: First partnered Trust High School student awarded two year scholarship at a UK school to study GCSE.
Autumn 2006: Adopt a Granny programme launched.
November 2006: Secondary school – Trust High School – is officially opened by Uganda Minister of Education, Geraldine Bitamazire. 90 students enrolled.
2007: Electricity comes to Kabubbu!
2007: Rotary Club of Eastbourne raises money for Kabubbu ambulance.
2007: Community Church established at Trust High School for boarders and villagers.
March 2008: Kabubbu Community Church at Trust High School starts Alpha courses.
July 2008: Health Centre develops HIV/AIDS clinic to provide ARVS drugs, in partnership with Mildmay Mission Hospital.
October 2008: First Annual Community Award Ceremony recognising special achievements by community members.
2009: Kabubbu AIDS Support Centre built.
2009: Kabubbu Children’s Choir return to UK. 1,700 watch show at Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.
2009: Kabubbu schools link with Mayfield Primary School & Heathfield Community College through British Council school partnership.
2009: Graze School of Farming opens. Begins pioneering new horticulture methods.
April 2010: At 10th anniversary celebrations, Rt Hon Edward Ssekandi (now Uganda’s Vice President) said, “This is the finest example of rural development I have ever seen or heard of in Uganda”.
November 2010: First group of partnered students take ‘A’ level exams. 11 students go to University.
March 2011: Kabubbu Development Project links to the Uganda Maternal Hub to improve maternal and infant care and cut maternal mortality rates.
August 2011: Trust High School Girls Volleyball team become national champions and represent Uganda at East Africa finals in Tanzania.
September 2011: First partnered Trust High School student awarded 2 year scholarship to study ‘A’ levels at a UK college.
February 2012: 59 students in vocational training or at university.
July 2012: Final sponsored Bike Ride raises £7,500.
October 2012: Graze School of Farming has trained first 15 local farmers in new maize growing techniques. Aim now to train at least 144 more.
March 2013: New playground constructed for primary school and local children after Christmas 2012 fundraising reached £10,000.
January 2014: Prayer Chapel opens on Kabubbu Resort Centre site for visitors and local people to use for prayer and counselling.
July 2014: 29 of the first primary school pupils from 2002 graduate from university. Skills cover a range of specialities including Clinical Medicine, Accountancy, Nursing, Teaching, Human Resource Management, Business Management etc.
October 2014: Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner to Kampala, presents awards at the Annual Community Award ceremony.
November 2014: First Kabubbu recipient of a Commonwealth Fellowship, Enoch Kagoda, KDP Executive Director, visits the UK for senior management training.
Christmas 2014: Funds raised for a Maize Mill following the success of the Graze School of Farming increasing local farmers maize yields by up to a factor of 10.
April 2015: Burgess Hill School for Girls organises a container of goods & equipment to be sent to Kabubbu through the Fonthill Foundation.
September 2015: Dentaid (a UK dental charity) begins a major dental programme in Kabubbu.
October 2015: British Airways cease their direct flights to Uganda. They can therefore no longer support QT.
February 2016: Maize Mill operational.
July 2016: Recently constructed operating theatre at the Health Centre performs its first operations.
October 2016: Construction started for a covered market.
August 2017: Kabubbu Health Centre wins a prestigious gold award for outstanding performance in ‘Logistics Management of HIV/AIDS related Commodities under the Procurement & Supply Chain Strengthening Project’. An award for excellence made by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention. An upgrading from Health Centre III to Health Centre IV status (the top grading for a health centre) followed.
September 2017: The operating theatre in the Health Centre starts up.
November 2017: Construction commences of five classrooms for a Vocational Education Centre funded by Fonthill Foundation.
January 2018: ‘A’-Level results places Trust High School in position 57th in Wakiso District out of 520+ schools and 81% of students qualify for a place at university. The best ever results for #KabubbuKids.
August 2018: Two female members of staff at the Kabubbu Development Project attend a Street Business School 5-day intensive training in Kampala delivered by a trainer from the USA.
September 2018: New science labs are opened at Trust High School.
November 2018: The service of dedication at Kabubbu Church & Community Centre is packed to the rafters by over 500 people.
February 2019: 43 #KabubbuWomen graduate from Street Business School training empowered to develop their own businesses from whatever meagre resources they have. Most have never been to school.
February 2019: The Vocational Education Centre opens with 11 students.