Well, well, well: Danby pop-up cafe and music to help Ugandan pupils

Anne Smith plants a mango tree at Hope School in Mityana, Uganda.
Anne Smith plants a mango tree at Hope School in Mityana, Uganda.

Poverty-stricken school children in Uganda will benefit from a pop-up cafe and live music, which takes place tonight (Sep 29) in Danby.

Anne Smith has organised the event at Danby Village Hall.

You see pictures on TV but cannot understand it unless you’ve seen it

Anne Smith

She has just come back from visiting Hope School in Mityana, 30 miles from the capital Kampala.

She said although much progress has been made since her list visit three years ago, they are still without electricity, windows and doors, while the classrooms need concrete floors instead of earth.

Due to Anne’s support in that time, the school hall had been named after her – she opened it and planted a mango tree in the school garden, which has been hit by droughts this summer.

The main aim is to raise the remaining £1,000 needed for a well – she already has £500 from donations and things she has done.

Currently, the nearest water is 3km away.

“It is going to be life-changing for them,” she said.

“It was beyond my comprehension until I went out there.

“You see pictures on TV but cannot understand it unless you’ve seen it.

“The people are so friendly – whatever they have, they share.”

Anne, who lives in Danby, also had the honour of being given a Ugandan name – Ndagire – which means ‘caring and loving’. Anne has been involved through the charity Giving Children.

Local musicians will entertain revellers tonight (Sep 29) at a pop-up music cafe, from 6.30pm until 9pm in Danby Village Hall.

Entry is free.

Anne got involved with the charity Giving Children after her son travelled to Uganda 16 years ago and took part in voluntary work for his Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

If anyone wishes to donate, the bank account is called Mrs Anne S Smith (GCHI OG).

The sort code is 53 50 15 and the account number is 50751786.