Stand On Your Own

A Ugandan Development NGO

Donor Companies, Clubs and Organisations

Primary Donor

Uganda Lodge

This raises £80,000 a year which goes out to Stand on Your Own. (Question to Ann is this stand on your own) and other development projects in Uganda or stand on your own. Donors of the McNeil Medical Centre ASE Consulting

McNeil Medical Centre cost £50,000 which was a donation from a UK company ASE consulting as a Goodbye to a retiring Director (Duncan McNeil). In 2018 ASE were 'taken over' and we were not part of the deal Mt McNeal has given some help recently but not enough to fund salaries and drugs as before.

Daviot and Old Meldrum Explorer Scouts They then raised £15,000 to build dormitories on top of Medical Centre in 2020

Donors To the School

Daviot and Old Meldrum Explorer Scouts

Daviot and Old Meldrum Explorer Scouts visited Uganda Lodge in 2018 and raised £30,000 to build the school hall 90ft x 45ft.

Spend a Penny Build a Loo (The Dinner Party Project)

This was a fundraiser created by and English lady called Joanna to build a loo because 250 girls shared 3 latrines resulting in diseases sometimes. A facebook link to it is here: https://www.facebook.com/thedinnerpartyproject/

Local Projects for Financial Independence

Safaris to the two lake regions which are can be booked here are Lake retreat kisenya and Lake retreat Kasenyi can be booked on these two links: Edward Lake Retreat and Kisenya Campsite Kasenyi Lake Retreat

These are owned by Stand on Your Own and profits go back into supporting the school.

Another project run by stand on your own that brings in Money is the collection of cottages also called Uganda Lodge can be booked here:

Uganda Lodge (Guest House, Booking)

Denis’s Projects

These include Gorilla Trecking, Chimp Habituation, i.e. getting them used to human contact and Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Profits from this go into funding the School and Medical centre.

Volunteers and Medical Electives

Those wishing to volunteer and those wishing to complete their medical elective abroad can book a stay at Uganda Lodge and this helps fund the school and medical centre.

Who are the main contacts?

Project Director
Denis Aheirwe (in Uganda)
Mobile: +256 7015 36197
Mobile: +256 7747 68090
Whatsapp: Both numbers above
UK Coordinator
Ann McCarthy (in UK & Uganda)
Email: ann@ugandalodge.com
Tel: +44 1932 562757
Mobile: +44 7867 513588
Whatsapp: +44 7867 998414

Where is Uganda Lodge?

Uganda Lodge is in the small village of Ruhanga in the south-west corner of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and the DRC. Ruhanga is 320km from Kampala (6-7 hours drive) and 55km from the city of Mbarara (45 minutes drive). Ntungamo is the closest town to the lodge, approximately 10 km away (8 mins drive).

What is the accomodation like?

Uganda Lodge has 15+ guest rooms, each accommodating between 1 and 4 people. All rooms hot water showers and plug sockets (UK 3-pin). Flush toilets are in a separate block close to the rooms. Each room looks out over a pretty garden area with stunning views of the surrounding hills. It is usually possible to have your own room, but you may need to share during busy periods.

What are the rates like?

Full board, including all meals is £140 per person per week (or £20 per day). If you plan to stay with us longer than 3 months, we may be able to offer you a discounted rate. Any profits are reinvested into Ruhanga Development Nursery & Primary School or our other community projects. Please note: if you go on a safari you still pay for and keep your room.

Whats on the menu?

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are provided daily on a self-service basis. Meals consist of a variety of different vegetables and sauces with meat or fish being offered a couple of times a week. Mashed or boiled potatoes, chips, spaghetti or rice are the usual accompaniments. Please advise us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and bottled water can be bought at the on-site bar. Luxury items such as Nescafe, Pringles and Cadburys can be bought locally, but we advise bringing your favourite coffee or herbal tea bags and snacks as local options may not be to your taste and are very limited.

Whats the electricity supply like?

Whilst there is mains electricity at the lodge, local and regional power cuts can occur, sometimes for a few hours at a time. As such, we recommend you bring one or more torches with you. There is a solar charging point, but we advise that you bring a portable USB power bank with you.

How do I keep in contact with friends and family?

You can buy a Ugandan SIM card in town, which you can load with texts, calls and/or data and there is now 4G coverage at the lodge. If you bring a laptop with, you can use your phone as a mobile hotspot. There are several hotels in Ntungamo which may have free Wi-Fi and the town also has an internet café.

What monies should I bring?

Uganda’s official currency is the Ugandan Shilling, which cannot be purchased outside the country. We recommend bringing cash in Pounds Sterling, (or US Dollars/Euros) in clean, large denomination notes, which can be exchanged once in the country. There are 2 ATMs in the local town, which accept Visa Debit/Credit Cards. Please do not rely on Mastercard, Travel Money Cards or Travellers Cheques as these are generally not accepted. If planning on travelling to other East African countries, US Dollars would be the best currency to bring. Weather

Whats the weather like?

The weather in Ruhanga is usually warm-hot during the day (20-28⁰C), but at 1500m above sea level it can get rather chilly at night (approx. 15⁰C). June and July are generally the driest months, with October-November and April-May usually being the wettest. When it does rain, it’s usually only heavy for an hour or two before the sun returns. It gets dark at about 7pm each night and light around 6.30am each morning, year-round.

What about laundry?

Plastic basins/buckets are provided in each room for washing your clothes and there are plenty of clothes lines in the lodge grounds. Laundry detergent can be bought locally. For a small fee, lodge staff can do your laundry (except underwear).

Where does all the money from the donations go?

100% of the donations go out to Uganda, none of the donated money is spent in the UK. However, the Virgin money app for donations needs a U.K. address as that is to do with its IT infrastructure.

Who are the main contacts?

Project Director
Denis Aheirwe (in Uganda)
Mobile: +256 7015 36197
Mobile: +256 7747 68090
WhatsApp: Both numbers above
UK Coordinator
Ann McCarthy (in UK & Uganda)
Email: ann@ugandalodge.com
Tel: +44 1932 562757
Mobile: +44 7867 513588
Whatsapp: +44 7867 998414

Where is Uganda Lodge?

Uganda Lodge is in the small village of Ruhanga in the south-west corner of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and the DRC. Ruhanga is 320km from Kampala (6-7 hours drive) and 55km from the city of Mbarara (45 minutes drive). Ntungamo is the closest town to the lodge, approximately 10 km away (8 mins drive).

What's the accommodation like?

Uganda Lodge has 15+ guest rooms, each accommodating between 1 and 4 people. All rooms have hot water showers and plug sockets (UK 3-pin). Flush toilets are in a separate block close to the rooms. Each room over-looks a pretty garden area with stunning views of the surrounding hills. It is usually possible to have your own room, but you may need to share during busy periods.

What are the rates like?

Full board, including all meals is £140 per person per week (or £20 per day). If you plan to stay with us longer than 3 months, we may be able to offer you a discounted rate. Any profits are reinvested into Ruhanga Development Nursery & Primary School or our other community projects. Please note: if you go on a safari you still pay for and keep your room.

What’s on the menu?

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are provided daily on a self-service basis. Meals consist of a variety of different vegetables and sauces with meat or fish being offered a couple of times a week. Mashed or boiled potatoes, chips, spaghetti or rice are the usual accompaniments. Please advise us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and bottled water can be bought at the on-site bar. Luxury items Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are provided daily on a self-service basis. Meals consist of a variety of different vegetables and sauces with meat or fish being offered a couple of times a week. Mashed or boiled potatoes, chips, spaghetti, or rice are the usual accompaniments. Please advise us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and bottled water can be bought at the on-site bar. Luxury items such as Nescafe, Pringles and Cadburys can be bought locally, but we advise bringing your favourite coffee or herbal tea bags and snacks as local options may not be to your taste and are very limited.

What's the electricity supply like?

Whilst there is mains electricity at the lodge, local and regional power cuts can occur sometimes for a few hours at a time. As such, we recommend you bring one or more torches with you. There is a solar charging point, but we advise that you bring a portable USB power bank with you.

How do I keep in contact with friends and family?

You can buy a Ugandan SIM card in town, which you can load with texts, calls and/or data; there is now 4G coverage at the lodge. If you bring a laptop, you can use your phone as a mobile hotspot. There are several hotels in Ntungamo which may have free Wi-Fi and the town also has an internet café.

What monies should I bring?

Uganda’s official currency is the Ugandan Shilling, which cannot be purchased outside the country. We recommend bringing cash in Pounds Sterling, (or US Dollars/Euros) in clean, large denomination notes, which can be exchanged once in the country. There are 2 ATMs in the local town, which accept Visa Debit/Credit Cards. Please do not rely on Mastercard, Travel Money Cards or Travellers Cheques as these are generally not accepted. If planning on travelling to other East African countries, US Dollars would be the best currency to bring.

What's the weather like?

The weather in Ruhanga is usually warm-hot during the day (20-28⁰C), but at 1500m above sea level. It can get rather chilly at night (approx. 15⁰C). June and July are generally the driest months, with October-November and April-May usually being the wettest. When it does rain, it’s usually only heavy for an hour or two before the sun returns. It gets dark at about 7pm each night and light around 6.30am each morning, year-round.

What about laundry?

Plastic basins/buckets are provided in each room for washing your clothes and there are plenty of clothes lines in the lodge grounds. Laundry detergent can be bought locally. For a small fee, lodge staff can do your laundry (except underwear).

Where does all the money from the donations go?

100% of the donations go out to Uganda, none of the donated money is spent in the UK. However, the Virgin money app for donations needs a U.K. address as that is to do with its IT infrastructure.

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