OMUSHANA, SUNSHINE FOR CHILDREN
Omushana, Sunshine for Children is a charity set up by friends in UK and Uganda who share the goal to change the lives of children, and contribute to conservation through education, in the areas around the mountain gorilla reserves in South-west Uganda.
Omushana means "Sunshine" in Rukiga, the local language in the locality of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the projects are located. Both Rukiga and English appear in the full title of the charity (Omushana, Sunshine for Children) because the charity is founded on a partnership between Uganda and UK.
The essence of Omushana is to make a positive contribution to children's lives by improving their educational opportunities, welfare, confidence and enjoyment. We achieve this by supporting and implementing projects to benefit large numbers of children, usually working with local schools and needy children' s groups.
Our projects are hugely varied depending on LOCAL needs but share the common feature that the benefits are shared by large numbers of children.
We aim to create maximum value with limited resources - 100 % of donations reach our projects.We also discourage dependency on continued support by encouraging sustainability. Local communities in Uganda contribute to every project, in addition to donations from overseas.
By encouraging a high level of local community co - operation and sharing, coupled with a high level of monitoring and evaluation, we ensure there is no waste of our precious donations and the results of our projects often exceed expectations.