One of the key issues in Teso Conference taking place at the University of East London, London, United Kingdom is how to raise and utilise funds from donors. To shed light on this important subject, we will have a presentation from Andrew Billington, a person who has financially supported projects in Teso.
Andrew’s presentation on the past, present and future of two educational projects in Serere District: a donor’s perspective over 20 years, will shed light on raising and utilising resources.
He will do this by asking the question, as a donor, has he helped or hindered development in Teso? He then goes on to discuss the failures, successes and challenges that he has encountered in helping set up a school in Kadungulu and a Vocational Training Centre in Serere.
After discussing his experience supporting development projects in Teso, he will then focus on one ambition for the vocational training centre: training young people to construct eco-friendly buildings using inter-locking bricks.
Andrew was born in Mengo Hospital, Kampala in 1949 (his father was a doctor at this hospital from 1937 to 1970 and worked with Sir Albert Cook). Andrew is Vice-President of the UK Friends of Mengo Hospital. He lives in the UK but currently visits Uganda two times a year.
In 2003 he helped set up ‘Kadungulu Secondary School’ in Serere District. In 2007 he helped establish the ‘Billington Vocational Training Centre’ in Serere town.
In the UK, he has been Chair, Trustee or Chief Executive of several government initiatives and voluntary organisations, including: Legacy 2020, the Jack Petchey Foundation, Vitalise and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).
He chaired a trust that built a Secondary School Academy in East London and then became Chair of the Board of Governors. Over 500,000 young people in London and Essex benefitted from grants while he was CEO of the Jack Petchey Foundation. Andrew has now retired but is on the Board of three charitable organisations in the UK.
Earlier this year an excellent hostel was built in Kadungulu using eco-friendly inter-locking bricks. One of Andrew’s ambitions is that many more people in Teso will use this building method in the years ahead.
IWA is delighted to host Andrew to deliver his paper on Monday 18th September, 2017.