Several companies and organisations have been key in helping the Quicken Trust in its mission to tackle the poverty and disease wrecking the Ugandan village of Kabubbu:
Graze linked up with the Quicken Trust in 2010. Graze is one of the fastest growing food distributors in the UK – selling and delivering boxes of snacks which customers pre-select online. Customers can then choose to donate £1 to the Graze School of Farming in Kabubbu. These funds are used to develop agriculture in the village. Trials of new techniques have seen spectacular increases in yields (Agriculture).
British Airways got involved in 2000. During its sponsorship BA provided tickets at reduced rates for specialist consultants and volunteers. By 2012 this enabled the Quicken Trust to take 123 volunteers to Kabubbu to help the work of transforming the village. BA has also allowed Quicken to take nearly 300 bags as excess luggage every year. This kept costs down and meant more vital equipment and goods could get to those who needed it.
Quicken puts BA’s involvement down to “Divine intervention”. The charity sent the airline a calendar and a photo as a “thank you” for earlier help. It arrived on the day senior BA officials were meeting to discuss choosing an extra charity to support. Quicken Trust got the nod and a fruitful 10 year partnership began which only ended when BA transferred their overseas charitable support to another organisation and their direct flights to Uganda ceased.
Other companies who have provided significant help include:
Advantage Technologies; Argus Newspapers; BBC TV South East Today; Beckett Newspapers; British Council; Caladine; CCL Europe; Club Class Chauffeurs; Halcyon Systems; Kevin Mayhew; Lawson Lewis Blakers; Marshall Tufflex; Medlock Electrical Distributors; Metaltech; Shine; Starshine Music; States of Guernsey; Sussex Newspapers; Waitrose
Quicken’s work in Kabubbu has also caught the imagination of numerous schools. Many sponsor children in the village or support projects. Hundreds of students and staff have also visited Kabubbu to play an active role in the transformation. (Get Involved). Here are some of the schools, colleges and university departments who are linked to Quicken:
All Saints and St Richard’s Primary, Heathfield; Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury; Bede’s Senior School; Brighton University Media Dept; Buckingham Primary; Burgess Hill School for Girls; Cavendish School, Eastbourne; Churcher’s College, Petersfield; Diggle Primary, Oldham; Eastbourne College; Eton College; Hawkes Farm, Hailsham; Hailsham Community College; Heathfield Community College; Herstmonceux Primary; Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge; Maids Moreton C of E School, Bucks; Manor Primary School, Uckfield; Mayfield C of E Primary School; Padbury C of E School, Bucks; Pestalozzi International Village Trust; Pevensey & Westham C of E Primary School; Punnetts Town Community Primary School; Ratton School, Eastbourne; Roselands Infant School, Eastbourne; Ryarsh Primary School, Kent; St Andrew’s C of E Infant School, Eastbourne; St Catherine’s College; St John’s Meads C of E Primary School, Eastbourne; St Leonards School, Fife; The Haven VA CE/Methodist Primary School, Eastbourne; Tollgate Junior, Eastbourne; White House Academy, Hailsham; Ark William Parker School, Hastings; Willingdon Primary, Eastbourne
It was in the churches of Sussex that the Quicken Trust’s ambition to transform Kabubbu was first fanned into flame. Since then, word has spread! Here are some of those who have linked with us:
ChristChurch, Hailsham; Gateway Christian Fellowship, Eastbourne; Herstmonceux Quaker Meeting; Horam Chapel; Living Stones Community Church, Eastbourne; Punnetts Town Chapel; Salvation Army, Eastbourne; Shinewater Community Church, Eastbourne; St John’s, Rowlands Castle; St Peter’s & St Paul’s, Buckingham; St Wilfrids, Willingdon; St Mary’s, Hailsham; Union Church, Heathfield; Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne; Waltham Chase Methodist; Welcome Baptist Church, Heathfield