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How it all began . . . Lindsay and Dalaine Walker met up again last month with their sponsor daughter Harriet. They became involved in the Ugandan humanitarian projects after seeing the conditions she lived in. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Oamaru couple Lindsay and Dalaine Walker are thrilled to see their Ugandan bakehouse project thriving.

The Walkers have featured in the Oamaru Mail several times in the past two years as they raised funds for Kakuuto, an impoverished village in southwest Uganda that has been ravaged by genocide, drought, and Aids.

Their “Make My Name Count” project involved building a bakehouse that could supply bread for up to 30,000 people and provide ongoing employment and training for local residents. When Mrs Walker won $10,000 in a Countdown supermarket draw, she donated it to the project to buy a delivery van.

The Walkers have just visited Kakuuto and Harriet Kamukoobwa, the young woman they sponsor there.

They have sent word back to Oamaru, saying the villagers had taken pride in creating “the best” bread in their bakehouse. Their goods were in such high demand that they needed a new moulder/cutter and a truck to take bread to the capital city, Kampala.

The Walkers planned to help with these next steps and would welcome support from individuals or businesses back home.

They have also taken on another cause they discovered when they arrived in Kakuuto. A 9-year-old girl had been raped and murdered on her way to school the previous week. The community was in shock and parents were too scared to let their children walk to school through bushland.

Children were being kept at home, missing out on lessons from what was known as one of the better schools in the district.

The Walkers decided to source a school bus to pick up children in the rural district and drive them safely to school.

A bus has been found; it costs $30,000. Contributions can be made through the Givealittle page givealittle.co.nz/cause/hope-amongst-tragedy-help-us-buy-a-school-bus.

The Walkers have given $67,000 to Kakuuto in the last two years – $12,000 from fundraising and bequests, $13,000 from donations, $10,000 from the Countdown win, and $32,000 of their own money.

The funds go to Celebrate Hope Ministries, which distributes them directly to specified projects; there is no go-between or administration cost.