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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.

BAGCI stories; NicholasNicholas was one of the first young people to be identified as very vulnerable when the BAGCI Breakfast Center first opened.

Nicholas was living with his disabled grandmother and four younger siblings in one small room. He was in primary school at the time, probably aged between 10 – 14, but he was hardly attending school. He was the breadwinner at home, earning money by fetching water from the well for other families to put food on the table. He also had to care for his siblings and help out with other chores at home so he was left with very little or no time to go to school.

As Nicholas kept going to the centre for breakfast, the BAGCI Coordinator found out a lot more about the family and the grinding poverty they were living in and alerted members about Nicholas's situation. With the advice of the Coordinator, the BAGCI members raised money to buy regular food packages, send clothes and scholastic materials to Nicholas and his siblings. Nicholas started to attend school a bit more regularly and was doing reasonably well.