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Who We Help

BAGCI provides breakfast to the most vulnerable children in the community so that they do not go to school hungry. A good nutritious breakfast allows the children to concentrate as well as stay in school.
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Funding

BAGCI is a community run charity. Kajjansi community members donate their own money to support others in their community. Members of Bridging A Gap have raised millions of shillings from their own pockets since the start...
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About Us

Bridging A Gap Community Initiative (BAGCI) is a registered community-based organisation operating in Kajjansi town, 7 km on Kampala- Entebbe road. The idea of the organisation was conceived in 2005 and initiated by volunteers who wanted to do something to improve the lives of vulnerable members of their community. The main activity for BAGCI is to provide breakfast to the most vulnerable children in the community so that they do not go to school hungry.

This was determined as the best entry-point to help guide BAGCI members into other needs of the community. A good nutritious breakfast not only allows the children to concentrate and stay in school, but to also realise their full potential. Members of BAGCI collectively come up with the money which buys the ingredients of the daily breakfast as well as the rent of the facility in which it is provided. Guardians & parents of the young people who access the BAGCI centre take turns to volunteer to cook the breakfast during the school term. A project Coordinator supervises the purchase of ingredients and cooking, makes sure all the children are registered every morning and provides a detailed report to members at the weekly meetings. The Coordinator is currently the only paid member of the project.

Uganda Centre 100315 0956Rose

Rose is 22 years old, a new mother of a three month-old baby girl and is on maternity leave from her job as a midwife. Rose started accessing the BAGCI Centre in 2006 during her last year of primary school. She used to have breakfast at the centre everyday until she finished secondary school five years later and then moved away from the area.

She started using the centre because she used to leave home very early and had no time to make breakfast. She decided to come along to the centre to get some breakfast because she was tired of being hungry at school and not being able to concentrate. Once she started accessing the BAGCI Centre, she made friends she used to walk to school with, she felt better going to school having had breakfast and she went to her first ever Christmas party that the members of BAGCI organised, which was held at Nabinonya beach.

Rose feels that the BAGCI breakfast centre is very important for the vulnerable children in her area. Apart from having porridge in the morning, she learnt good manners and to respect the women who cooked the porridge. 'Before I started accessing BAGCI, most of the women were strangers and I didn't think much of them. When I started accessing the Centre, they told us to say hullo to them and to each other, as well as thank you whenever someone gave you something. They also taught us not to throw rubbish everywhere but in a dustbin. We depended on them to cook the porridge for us every morning. So, I learnt to respect them.'

Additionally, Rose had never interacted or even been that close to any White Europeans and was therefore literally afraid of them. She says,
'Through the interaction that I had with White Europeans who visited the Centre, I released that they were just people like us. They were always kind, so I wasn't afraid of them anymore.'
Rose would like to do some volunteer work using her skills as a midwife. She says, 'As soon as the health clinic at the BAGCI centre opens, I will be back to help educate the young people about reproductive health. I would like to give back to the centre that helped me when I was growing up.'