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Since we started this challenge we have repeatedly been asked a number of questions which we have complied into a table of "Frequently Asked Questions"…    Click a question to find the answer.  

Q. What made you both decide to do something like this?
Q. Has either of you ever done anything like this before?
Q. What made you choose this project of building a school?
Q. How did you hear about Build Africa?
Q. Why ‘Build Africa’ charity?
Q. What facilities does Kooki School currently have?
Q. How many pupils currently go to Kooki School? What age are they?
Q. How do you know the money will go to building Kooki School?
Q. How will my money be spent?
Q. What proportion of the money I give goes on administration costs either in the UK or Uganda?
Q. If I pay via Virgin Giving does all my money go to the school? What if I click Gift Aid?
Q. £50,000 seems a lot of money. Surely it would be possible to build for much less in such a poor country. Why does it cost so much?
Q. What happens to the school if you don’t raise the money?
Q. When will building start on the school? When will it be completed?
Q. How does Build Africa measure a school’s success?
Q. How will the school financially survive long-term?
Q. What subjects are studied at Kooki?
Q. Who will pay all your travel costs and equipment?
Q. Are you going with a tour group?
Q. Why did you decide on a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds and to do it in Uganda, too? Why do you not do something similar in the UK?
Q. Three weeks seems a very short time for the journey. Why don’t you take longer?
Q. Are you experienced long distance cyclists?
Q. Do you think it is possible you can physically achieve this distance in the 3 weeks?
Q. Will you have a support team in Uganda travelling with you? Otherwise how will you carry even the basic things you need eg. water, which is probably not easily available.
Q. What language do they speak in Uganda?
Q. Is it safe?
Q. What are you doing to minimize the risks that are involved?
Q. What do you say to anyone who thinks you are being irresponsible?
Q. Are you sure the local people need or want this project?
Q. Will local people be used to construct the school or will it be done by overseas volunteers?
Q. Will you meet any of the children you are hoping to help when you arrive at the village/town?
Q. Are there any events being organised to raise money for this project?
Q. Can I help in some way?

What made you both decide to do something like this?
A: See ‘Our Story’ page.          ..top

Has either of you ever done anything like this before?
A: We’ve done a few charity events before and volunteer to help with local groups but nothing on this scale.          ..top

What made you choose this project of building a school?
A: Education is key to everything. In the UK we are very lucky to have free education & the chance to make a better life for ourselves. Many children in Uganda don’t have this opportunity. Currently in Uganda 750,000 children of primary school age are unable to go to school.          ..top

How did you hear about Build Africa?
A: Imogen did some volunteering at this local Tunbridge Wells charity and she was able to see first hand what an amazing difference they make to children’s lives.           ..top

Why ‘Build Africa’ charity?
A: They have a successful record over 25 years and are local to Tunbridge Wells. Since 2004 they have built 151 schools helping over 20,000 children in Kenya and Uganda. They are a small, streamlined charity so can keep their costs down and easily keep track of all funding to projects, making sure the money is spent wisely.          ..top

What facilities does Kooki School currently have?
A: Totally inadequate. See ‘The School’ page.          ..top

How many pupils currently go to Kooki School? What age are they?
A: 171 children and an additional 300 extra once school built. Age range of school: 6 years to 14 years old, both boys & girls.          ..top

How do you know the money will go to building Kooki School?
A: All donations via our Virgin Giving site and our dedicated ‘Another Brick in the School’ bank account goes directly to ’Build Africa’ and donations are coded so Build Africa knows it is for Kooki School.          ..top

How will my money be spent?
A: The £50,000 will be spent over 2 years on a brick school building consisting of 3 classrooms; a sanitation block; a fully equipped library, desks, chairs, all text books, sports and drama equipment, first aid box and most importantly a full teacher training programme.           ..top

What proportion of the money I give goes on administration costs either in the UK or Uganda?
A: First year’s building costs are £36,000. Of this total £2,500 goes on administration costs in UK and Uganda.          ..top

If I pay via Virgin Giving does all my money go to the school? What if I click Gift Aid?
A: If you donate £10 and click Gift Aid (as a UK taxpayer) Kooki gets £12.47. So how do VirginMoneyGiving arrive at £12.47
Your donation £10.00
Gift Aid + supplement £2.82
Transaction fee @2% £0.20
Card processing fee @1.45% £0.15
Total cost to charity £0.35
Total donation £12.47






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£50,000 seems a lot of money. Surely it would be possible to build for much less in such a poor country. Why does it cost so much?
A: Build Africa work hard to make this money go as far as possible for Kooki School (for 500 pupils). They are experienced in school building projects and have the infrastructure in place to get the most value for money. As a UK comparison Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent has just announced its rebuild budget: £17 million (for 1500 pupils).          ..top

What happens to the school if you don’t raise the money?
A: Lyn & Imogen have committed to raising £50,000 for Kooki School, they will not stop until they reach their target, but they really need your help to get there.          ..top

When will building start on the school? When will it be completed?
A: With our commitment to raise the funds the charity will start building this summer. We should see the start of the work when we arrive in August. Most of the school will be completed by the end of this year (2011).          ..top

How does Build Africa measure a school’s success?
A: They use key performance indicators to measure its success in both the short and long term, making the school adhere to a strict set of standards.          ..top

How will the school financially survive long-term?
A: Build Africa will enable the school to be self-sufficient with proper staff training and planning including a vegetable plot business attached to the school.          ..top

What subjects are studied at Kooki?
A: Social Studies (History, Geography, Religious Studies), English, Maths and Science.          ..top

Who will pay all your travel costs and equipment?
A: We will. Lyn and Imogen are funding it all personally.          ..top

Are you going with a tour group?
A: No, the trip is entirely organised by us here. This is a mammoth task in itself.

Why did you decide on a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds and to do it in Uganda, too? Why do you not do something similar in the UK?
A: We wanted a really tough challenge which would merit such a large target. By going to Uganda we will be able to show our sponsors more about the area and school which needs their help.          ..top

Three weeks seems a very short time for the journey. Why don’t you take longer?
A: We both work and this is our holiday allowance.          ..top

Are you experienced long distance cyclists?
A: No, but we’ve started training hard.          ..top

Do you think it is possible you can physically achieve this distance in the 3 weeks?
A: It‘ll be hard but possible.          ..top

Will you have a support team in Uganda travelling with you? Otherwise how will you carry even the basic things you need eg. water, which is probably not easily available.
A: We will have support via one guide and a truck on the journey but we will be responsible for fixing our bikes, negotiating our route and dealing with any unforeseen eventuality.          ..top

What language do they speak in Uganda?
A: English, Swahili & local indigenous languages depending on area.          ..top

Is it safe?
A: Uganda has had a pretty stable political system for the last 20 years. We will avoid the north of the country which borders Sudan and has been known to be problematic for visitors. We will avoid camping and cycling in the national parks where lions and leopards are present.          ..top

What are you doing to minimize the risks that are involved?
A: Meticulous training, planning, health precautions while away and factoring as many worst case scenarios as possible. We intend to carry satellite phones and keep in regular contact with our support team back in UK and Build Africa’s staff in Uganda.          ..top

What do you say to anyone who thinks you are being irresponsible?
A: We have researched and planned the trip meticulously but there is an element of risk to anything of course.          ..top

Are you sure the local people need or want this project?
A: Build Africa only chooses projects which are actively supported by a village. It is the only way for a school to be successful. See The School page for more details on the village participation.          ..top

Will local people be used to construct the school or will it be done by overseas volunteers?
A: The school will be built by local craftsmen under close supervision of Build Africa staff based in Uganda. This provides employment to local businesses and is the most efficient, cost effective construction method.          ..top

Will you meet any of the children you are hoping to help when you arrive at the village/town?
A: Yes, this is fantastic and a privilege. We will take lots of footage and photos to update donors back in UK with the school’s progress.          ..top

Are there any events being organised to raise money for this project?
A: There will be many fundraising events over next 6-9 months. See our Donote page for more details.          ..top

Can I help in some way?
A: That would be wonderful. Donate or contact us on our to volunteer or to pass on ideas.          ..top

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