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Sponsored Walk Funds McNabb Building in Uganda

In 2015, Dollar Academy‘s Sponsored Walk fundraising effort resulted in substantial donations being given to a number of charities, both local and national. One of these was The Uphill Trust, a small Scottish charity that supports the development of Uphill Junior School in rural western Uganda.

The Ugandan McNabb Building, in all its glory!The Trust was founded by Max Macdonald (FP 1962-1975), his wife and their two sons (also FPs), as well as a close friend of the family’s. The money raised by the Sponsored Walk was going to be put toward a new classroom block for Primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils: the aptly-named McNabb Building.

Shortly after receiving the Sponsored Walk donation cheque, The Uphill Trust began to break ground in preparation for the construction of the new building. In October, the school received a letter from Dr Belinda Macdonald (Uphill Trustee), telling us that, after a visit to Uphill Junior School, they had seen the new classroom block (though unfinished) was already in use, though painting and plastering had yet to be completed.Teachers’ view of their hard-working students

It was with great delight that the Charities Committee, and the entire Dollar Academy community, learned that the McNabb Building is now complete and Primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils have officially moved into their new space. ‘The teachers and pupils are very happy indeed with their new accommodation,’ said Dr Macdonald. Primary 7 also use the building in the evenings for extra coaching (using lights driven by solar energy). This will prepare them for the Primary Leaving Examination in November, required if Ugandan pupils are to go on to secondary school.

Primaries 5 to 7 are being taught in these classroomsThe images here will bring real pleasure and pride to everyone who helped make the McNabb Building of western Ugandan Uphill Trust Junior School a reality. It proves what Dr Macdonald knows very well indeed, ‘A little of what we have over here goes a very long way in rural Uganda.’Kindergarten and Primaries 1 to 4 are still in temporary wooden classrooms




The next construction project at Uphill Junior School will be a much needed Administration Block for the director and teachers. The funding for this has come from a very generous legacy (and funeral collections) from Isobel Searles (nee Duncan) who was also a former pupil. The Trust is now actively fundraising for the next classroom block, which will house Primary 1- 4 pupils. And then there is the kindergarten to plan for… 

Dr Macdonald adds her heartfelt thanks, saying, ‘We are hugely grateful to the Dollar Academy community for the support given to The Uphill Trust.’