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How it all started
In 2003 through the auspices of the OASIS Trust in 2003 Lizzie Thomas, eldest daughter of Dr Gordon & Mrs Sue Thomas spent a six months working in Uganda with two schools. In April 2004 Gordon & Sue along with Lizzie' sister Rebecca, were able to travel to Uganda to visit the schools she was working with and to meet some of the people there. Lizzie's and her team mates, Caroline Stirk,
Hannah Terry and Rachel Todhunter were the fifth group of OASIS Gaters to be placed at Nansana Royal Primary School, an established fee paying school for 200 children where Vance Kabanda was the Head Teacher. The girls were also the first of four teams to be placed at Rock of Joy Children's Centre in Lungujja where Pastor Steven had a vision to provide free schooling for the poorest children in his community and was then teaching 12 children.

It was clear that both schools were developing with meagre resources but had benefited from the input of the volunteer workers placed by OASIS. Children attending the schools suffered from the effects of HIV/AIDs and malaria and had health and educational needs which would benefit from outside support.

On her return to the UK Lizzie spent several months as a volunteer in the Priory CofE Primary School in Trentham, Stoke on Trent and through this and the enthusiasm of the Head Teacher, Richard Woollacott, a link was set up between Nansana Royal Primary School and the Priory Primary School. Discussions over the internet took place between both schools and the Priory began to raise money to provide text books and a health room for the school in Uganda.

In partnership with the school, Trentham Mews Medical Centre where Gordon Thomas is a GP, committed to providing the initial funding for a school nurse in Uganda and it quickly became apparent that there was considerable interest in the project we were establishing. In December 2004 the Thomas family returned to Uganda with the funds raised by the school and the health centre and with Vance and his staff worked together to interview and appoint a School Nurse.

Sadly in January 2005 we received the news that Vance Kabanda the Head teacher of Nansana Royal Primary School died. A man of vision and compassion, Vance's hopes and dreams for the development of Nansana Royal Primary School and concern for the children in his care inspired us to find ways to help develop his ideas.
His sudden death provided an additional impetus for us and after we had received a considerable number of donations towards the cost of the project it was decided to establish a charitable trust to allow us to be properly accountable to our supporters. The Kabanda Trust was named in memory of Vance and was registered in August 2006 by the charity commissioners. (Reg no 1115939).
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