All posts by Jo

Visit October 2014

What an amazing trip, I met the Bishop of Kabale. What a lovely humble man. I visited the nursery school, met the head master and teachers and had some time with the children too, what amazes me the most is that they really are dedicated to learning. Many of them know this is there only chance. Some come to school with no shoes but they make sure they are at school, some children walking 5 miles there and 5 miles back to get there to learn. DSCN1297This is me with the nursery children.

DSCN1312This is the head of the Uganda team, who handle things there, whilst I am here!

Before and after nursery

On our last visit to Uganda, we made connections with a nursery school and began to work with them to repair and build some areas of the school! We know how much learning environment can make to giving a child success in later life so we are honoured to be partnering with this nursery school, to improve the leaning environment of the children who learn there.

Here are some before pictures:

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Here are some after pictures!!!

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We can see here that windows are starting to be put in and the plastering is also underway, thank you to all the wonderful people who donate to us and support us. We love you and couldn’t do all this with out you.


Bake Sale

Cake, cake and more cake. Yummy! We had a very successful bake sale recently, with a whole range of delicious tasting treats. We were blessed enough to make £53.65 …fantastic.

People were so generous and it real touched me and was so encouraging to have peoples support by being there.

Moving forward

Things have been a little quiet on the Nabasa Trust front line over the last few weeks, we had a very successful launch party and our first trustee meeting. I (Jo-head of UK team) am preparing to move to Lee Abbey in Devon next week. After eight years in London, God is moving me there to live and work as part of the Lee Abbey community for a year. It will be a real year of rest and developing my relationship and faith in God. In terms of the Nabasa trust, I will be telling people about us and what we do. I will be also beginning to make things to sell at events as well as waiting to see what doors God may open for us whilst I am there.

Prayer requests

•    pray for the move for myself.
•    pray as we step out into getting the Nabasa Trust known about within Lee Abbey community and guests.
•    Pray as we complete our registration in Uganda that will enable us to work there.

Ways you can help

  1. Pray for us.
  2. Donate craft materials to me, that I can use to make things whilst at Lee Abbey, that we will then sell.
  3. Make something for us to sell.
  4. We are looking for someone with knowledge of law…particularly charity law, if you have an expertise in that area please do let us know…
  5. Donate …..


Nabasa Trust launch celebration.

Thanks to all who came to our charity launch celebration. It was a great day to really celebrate the official beginning of the charity,and to have the opportunity to share a bit about how we came about and what our plans are and vision is for the development of the charity. It was great to have so many people there to celebrate with us. Thank u to Tracy, Innocent and JJ, I had a glitch with the food but they have stepped in and along with Bertrand made some wonderful food for us to eat in true African style. We gave a ten minute presentation introducing the team, Colin and Grayden (trustees),myself: Joanna Smith (head of UK team) unfortunately Steve and Kiri (website and design) weren’t able to join us but they were with us in prayer.

To give a brief background of how the Nabasa Trust started. It started with a friendship, Ambrose who is head of the Uganda team, came over to my church St Marks Kennington to work for a gap year.We became firm friends and have kept in touch, I have visited him and his family 8 times and I met Colin (trustee) on one of my visits there as he was working there for a year. I have already done some work there in Uganda, helping some people, paying for school fees, as has Colin. To increase the impact of the work we can do, we have developed into a charity organisation to help more people in need. Our vision is to work with orphaned and vunerable children in Kabale, a town in the south of Uganda, near the Rwanda border. Ambrose is living just outside the town of Kabale and we want to help people who live in the surrounding houses as many people have houses that are in dis repair and dont have access to clean, safe drinking water. This is our first aim, to repair the damaged houses and repair the water tank nearby which has holes in it. I will be heading out to Uganda in November and that will be our aim when I get there, to start that process. We first need to register in Uganda.
There are ways you can help……
You can

– Pray for us
– Sign up to our email updates which will have prayer requests on
– Pledge a skill, time.
– like our facebook page
– share us on facebook page with your friends
– tell 10 people you know about us.
– Make something for us to sell at our craft sale.
– Donate craft materials
– Suggest ideas to us, or is you thing there is something we could do better next time, we would love to hear from you.

I would ask you all to please do prayerfully consider any pledge or financial donation, you feel you might want to give.
(Head of UK team)

Nabasa Trust launch party

We are delighted to announce that we have our first event as a celebration of the launch of Nabasa Trust.


Where: Basement flat, 35 Fentiman Road, London. SW8 1LD
When: 23rd June
At: 3pm – 5pm

A chance to celebrate with us with African style music, to meet the team and have some African snacks and drinks.

Come and join us to find out more and experience a taste of Africa. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Jo and the rest of the Nabasa Trust team.