About the Book
Soft Power Education (SPE) was founded 15 years ago by Hannah Small. It all started when she was driving an overland truck through Uganda. The very first project was Buwenda Pre-School. It was a labour of love and was literally built one brick and one bag of cement at a time. It was slow going but they managed to secure enough support to build the school, the first of many projects in Uganda.
After 8 months of planning I took a trip in June 2014 to Uganda to document the work that SPE undertake.
The journey started with visits were to the pre schools in Jinja, we then dropped in on the Amagezi Education Centre; all funded and run solely by SPE. Finally before leaving Jinja, we visited volunteers from Middlesex University on site at Kimasa Primary School. We then headed North West across the country to Murchison Falls National Park and the Buliisa District. Our first visits were to some of the rural communities supported by SPE through the People & Parks programme. The final part of the journey took us to some of the primary schools in the district to see the work the charity has already undertaken.
Over the days and weeks that followed the trip I reflected on the my time in Uganda. As I reviewed my photographs and wrote my diary it became clear that what I had seen only scratched the surface of the work that Soft Power Education undertakes, how it affects the lives of the children and communities it works with and supports. The support they receive from the charity enables them to improve their own situations.
I am privileged to have met such wonderful people, this book is for them. So everyone can see how the work of Soft Power Education changes and enriches lives.