Whistle Stop Tour of Uganda

Watch a video of a 2016 visit to Uganda by one of our supporters!

Equipe Global now a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Uganda

January 2016

We are delighted to report that following a number of years of hard work and countless pieces of official paper filled in Equipe Global is now formally recognised by the Ugandan government as one of the countries NGOs. This means acquiring travel visas and work permits is much easier and cheaper and the charity now has other benefits in the country.

New Puppies Arrive at Maranatha Gateway


Six wonderful puppies arrive!

March 2016 and great to report our dog has given birth to six wonderful puppies


Latest News From Uganda February 2016

Maranatha Gateway, Kalangala


Students at Maranatha Gateway show off their carpentry work

The second accommodation block has been completed with all plastering and painting as well as  all bedrooms fully  equipped.  The pathways connecting the buildings have been laid with stone, making access much easier.

2 carpentry courses have been held with some wonderful furniture made – especially from the Module 2 course, which consisted of students from the previous module 1 courses over the last 12 months.


New sleeping accommodation now complete


New Rock Foundation School, Kampala


Are these the most colourful school gates in Africa? Thanks to St Paul’s Primary School!!

The school gates have been painted as well as other improvements to the kitchen which have been made possible by the support of St Paul’s Primary School in Hereford.







Bridge of Hope school, Kalangala

The nursery building is nearing completion with the walls mostly in place.  This is as a result of the support from St John’s Primary school in Sandbach.

B o H nursery walls 2

Bridge of Hope Nursery Nears Completion


These students are looking forward to the new classroom















Chosen Children Primary School, Nansana

This school has recently been ‘twinned’ with All Saints Primary School, Gresford, Wrexham.  We look forward to the benefit that both schools can make of this connection.

Team visit

A small team is coming out to Uganda in August 2016 to visit each of the above schools and work with the children, as well as see other aspects of African life.  This is an exciting event and we hope to accommodate many more such visits in the future.

Latest Update from Maranatha Gateway in Uganda


The last couple of months have seen great progress on improving our living conditions. We now have a separate sitting room, office and bedroom – whereas before they were all in the one room!!

We have also had a large patch of land weeded and thoroughly turned over and cassava planted. We have recently bought some netting to put round the garden to deter the monkeys from damaging the crops.

MG.Sept 1


The paving of the walkways between the buildings is completed, the water tank is connected to the new building, solar lighting is working and a security light has been installed.


MG.Sept 2


The last two weeks have seen another carpentry course take place. This time we invited back previous students to do the next level of skills. We started with 6 students and they made an office desk with 2 drawers and a chair in the first week, and a sideboard/dresser in the second week.


MG.Sept 3MG.Sept 4











                 2016 CALENDAR          For Website         2016 CALENDAR 

A beautiful new calendar is available for 2016 with views and descriptions of Maranatha Gateway and the surrounding countryside. We urge you to buy one or more of these – ideal Christmas presents. The cost is only £5 plus £2 postage. All you have to do is send a cheque for £7 made out to Equipe Uganda Ross to

MG Calendar, 1 Avon Close, Acton, Wrexham, LL12 7US. Please don’t forget to send us your address!!

All profits from these calendars will go directly to the Maranatha Gateway project.

End of Year News From Maranatha Gateway

Our time spent in Uganda since August has been very busy.  We held our first 2 week carpentry course in September, which produced some excellent stools and tables. We hope this skill will enable these young men to supplement their income.
We then started building the second accommodation block and we are pushing up to get the roof on before Christmas.
At the end of November we held a craft course for ladies – making paper beads and weaving baskets.  We then went down to the lakeside resorts and sold most of what they made to the tourists.  The ladies are continuing to meet together here at Sozi once a week, making craft souvenirs which can provide an income for them. It is exciting to empower local people for whom there are few opportunities. We are so grateful to supporters in the UK who sponsor these courses so we can provide them free – accommodation, food and training.
This month we have enlarged the family in Sozi by one piglet – called Cyclops, as he only has one good eye!  and 3 laying hens. We still have one big pig ( who we hope is pregnant) and 3 younger pigs – but we expect to slaughter 2 of these to provide meat for Christmas for us and our friends.
We can only continue to develop here through the generosity of our supporters, we thank you so much for believing in us, to help us make a difference here in the Ssese Islands.

Building Carpentry WeaveBeads

Liverpool Half Marathon Sponsorship

Liverpool half Marathon  LIverpool Half Marathon2

On 23rd March Stuart Hodgkinson ran 13.1 miles in aid of Equipe. He was  new to long distance running but wanted to get some money to sponsor a very particular cause.

David Ouma 2

David Ouma pictured above is 15 and lives in Tanzania. He has a rare eye condition that means he needs a cornea transplant or he will go blind. He had one successful cornea transplant completed a few years ago which was paid for by Equipe sponsorship and now the other eye needs a transplant. The operation costs £1,300 – which seems a small price to pay for sight. 

You can still sponsor Stuart to help raise this money please go to our ‘Donate Now’ button at the foot of this page and complete the form and add your Paypal details.

Thank you


Stuart completed the half marathon in a respectable time of 2 hours 13 mins despite poor weather conditions. Thank you for you support.


New Year News from Maranatha Gateway

Since our arrival in October we have put in a clean water well for the community, built a kitchen, put the solar panels on the roof and built a ‘solar fridge’, completed the Eco San toilet ( which is now in operation),  finished the inside of the dormitory, painted the doors and windows and put up drain pipes and water butts.  We have also  made good progress on the shower block, built a pen for the piglets and planted a little garden by the kitchen.
Our jobs to finish by end of January are completion of the shower block, glass for dormitory and bunk beds in place, to build a permanent pig pen and transform the piglet pen into a chicken house. and grass for round the well and the Eco San.  Tests have resumed on  the brick making machine and we hope to have bricks ready for building by the end of the month.
We (Sue,  John & Mike) are doing well and mostly enjoying the challenges we face each day.  When the rain is bad we cannot get out and life can be difficult. But we are coming into the dry season so collecting water from the well ( a good 80 m hike down and up)  will be a different challenge.  We are still chasing paperwork for various essential departments and also pray we will succeed in the next few weeks.
All things working together for good we hope to run our first course in February – this will concentrate on the brick making and brick laying.  As yet we don’t have any funding for the courses. The costs of teachers, food for the students as well as course materials will probably work out about  £25 per student per week.  Ability to run the courses will depend on donations and sponsorship. To be part of this exciting project please contact us via newlifechurch_ross@yahoo.co.uk for a sponsor form.

This is where students who stay overnight at the college will sleep

This is where students who stay overnight at the college will sleep


This converts human waste into useful fertiliser

This converts human waste into useful fertiliser

November 4th Update from Sozi, Ssese Islands, Uganda

Exciting news – the Marantha Gateway Community Well was completed yesterday and will be available for our use by Wednesday.  This is to allow the cement to dry thoroughly.  Because we had to use the lower site as the position for the well, we also have to construct a clear path and  safe steps.  We are having the official opening of the Well next Wednesday 13th with the chairman of the local council, other members of the council and our neighbours – apparently about 20 households –  most of whom are well hidden! We will provide food (matoke and beef stew) and a soda drink – as this is customary here whenever there is a function, and it will be a great opportunity to get to know our neighbours.

The dormitory has been plastered inside and the floor levelled and concreted.  We are waiting for the walls and floor to dry out before we can get on with the painting.

We have changed the building plan and brought forward the construction of the kitchen on the side of the house due to constrictions of preparing and cooking food for ourselves.  Hopefully this will be completed by the end of the week, and should make life a lot easier.

We are hoping to have a visit from the principal of the local agricultural college in the next few days and we hope he is going to give us advice on what we can grow and how best to manage the animals – especially the pigs which look like they will be transferred from the school in Kalangala to Sozi.

The new well is now working

The new well is now working


New Arrivals at Marantha Gateway

New Arrivals at Marantha Gateway

Kitchen construction in progress

Kitchen construction in progress

John and Sue in Uganda

Bridge of Hope

John and Sue Gasston joined Mike Norbury in Kalangala on Wed 16th October. This is the latest report from them.

We have visited the Bridge of Hope  School and we plan to start on the roof of the nursery block in the next couple of weeks. The photo above shows one of the primary classes hard at work…….well except for certain distractions!
We have had the surveyor and the exploratory team of diggers on the land at Sozi today looking at the best position of the well. Work on final positioning of the well should begin next week. The plastering of the  classroom /dormitory should be underway this week.
One of our pigs has just had 9 piglets and we pray they will all survive.
We have spent a few days in Kampala collecting the brick making machine which will be shipped to Kalangala tomorrow.
We are moving forward and making progress already.
Many challenges still to overcome.
John and Sue