Timeline of Quicken Trust in Kabubbu

Since 2000, each year has seen the transformation of the Ugandan village of Kabubbu by the UK-based charity, Quicken Trust, and its supporters. Once in the grip of poverty, disease and despair, Kabubbu now has a future of hope, although there is still much to do.

Many organisations have played key roles in supporting the project. These include Bede’s School; BA; The British Council; DFID; Burgess Hill School for Girls; Graze; The Rotary Club and Unicef.

400 Children

The first 12 orphans sponsored

Tom Phillips: British High Commissioner to Uganda

Kabbubu primary school choir

First baby born at Kabubbu Health Centre

Trust High School student, Doreen

Trust High School official opening

Kabubbu Community Awards

10th anniversary celebrations

Volleyball champs

Enjoying Kabubbu’s Playground 

The Prayer Chapel

Kabubbu’s dental programme

The Health Centre operating theatre 

Kabubbu Health Centre Staff with Award

Fonthill sponsored Vocational Centre

Kabubbu Church & Community Centre Dedication

Street Business School Graduation Day

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.