What is HUGS?
HUGS is a registered charity (1098176, Charity Unique Code QAQ87ZG) which stands for Helping Uganda Schools. It began in 1995 when a group of friends in Stockport decided to see if they could raise enough funding to put 15 Ugandan orphans through school.
By 1997 that group of friends had multiplied in number and the idea grew, with the aim being to help build a school in a rural area, about four hours from the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
Four years later that school – St Zoe’s Day and Boarding Primary – opened and it has since gone from strength to strength. Today it helps educate more than 450 children, delivering some of the best exam results in the region.