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UK Partner Vale of Glamorgan
Developing Country Partner --
Contact Sue Bowyer Constituency Office Manager/Senior Case Worker Jane Hutt AM 115 High Street Vale of Glamorgan CF62 7DT

It was initiated in February 2008 when Jane Hutt, then Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Education, visited TOCIDA (Tororo Community Development Action) project, in the Tororo district of Uganda.  She committed herself to the establishment of a link with the Vale of Glamorgan and invited Dr Maureen Owor (then a PhD student studying Law at Bristol University), whose family set up TOCIDA, to make the initial Link.  The Link was awarded a small start up grant by the UN Goldstar  initiative in Wales.

Current activities

Two members of the SAFE Foundation ( visited Tororo and with Maureen’s help identified the needs of TOCIDA.  Their priorities are health and education.  There is a desperate need for support of the Library and a list of required books has been drawn up with colleagues in Tororo, as a starting point.  Maureen has also established that there is a priority need for help with eye problems.  An optometrist and ophthalmologist with experience of eye problems and preventable blindness in Africa have been identified and agreed to join the Link.

A core group of about 10 people has met regularly over the past 2 years.  This core group is composed of all sections of the Vale of Glamorgan community.

Additional information

In terms of governance, a core committee of which Steve Tomlinson is the interim Chairman, has been established.  There is a draft constitution and plans are in place to be formally constituted, have an AGM and elect Officers and Trustees designate, with a view to charity status.  A public launch of the Link will take place in the Vale on 21 May 2010.  There are good communications with TOCIDA and a bank account has been opened in the UK and funds already successfully transferred to support the purchase of library books.

Link Requests

As far as the link is concerned, the sponsorship of the Library for TOCIDA includes raising funds to equip the library with books on the Ugandan National Curriculum, for use by the school children using the library. Also, the cost of training support for a librarian. In addition, funds are required to support the visit to TOCIDA to identify ophthalmology clinical needs, and to fund equipment and clinical assistance at local level.

Contact Details

Sue Bowyer
Constituency Office Manager/Senior Case Worker

Jane Hutt AM
115 High Street
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 7DT







Maureen Owor