The United Future Foundation Story
United Future Foundation was founded by two university students in 2008. After spending time in Africa, and specifically Uganda, Annabelle Chauncy and David Everett decided to make their own contribution. UFF is “breaking the cycle” of poverty through education.
Annabelle and Dave have teamed us because of their jointly held belief that education is a key factor in mobilising communities and inciting development in Uganda. They also value honesty and transparency as essential ingredients to the success of any worthwhile and sustainable projects. United Future Foundation is focussed on building a combined primary school and vocational training centre in a village called Muduuma, located in the Mpigi district of Uganda.
Since founding UFF in August 2007, Annabelle and Dave have been working hard to realise their dreams. Throughout 2008, they began raising awareness of their organisation in Australia and Uganda. On numerous trips to Uganda, they made contacts with local authorities and professionals. UFF has established relationships with a solicitor, the local government and community. The project has the approval of the Ugandan Ministry of Education, and UFF are continuing to liaise with the government.
Meanwhile, Annabelle and Dave speak at numerous venues across Sydney and New South Wales. In July 2009, UFF partnered with Rotary Australia, through the Moss Vale branch. This means that UFF has tax deductibility status for all donations.
Recognition and Events
Annabelle and Dave have received significant community recognition for their work. Annabelle won the 2009 Marie Claire Garnier Take Care Award and was awarded the Chinese Lions Humanitarian Scholarship. Dave has won the Hills District Tertiary Level Excellence Award and the William Clarke Alumni of the Year 2009.
UFF was officially launched on August 2009. The launch was extremely successful, raising over $10,000 for the organisation. In May 2010 UFF hosted their inaugural Black Tie and Barefoot Ball, at The Hilton in Sydney. This evening was extremely successful, raising over $100,000 towards the construction of the school. For further information on future and past events, please see our events page.
UFF plans to undertake construction of the educational centre in stages. UFF began the community consultation process in early 2010, when Dave visited to Uganda. We also began the negotation to purchase the land. After a successful inaugural ball and planning process throughout mid 2010 in Australia, both Dave and Annabelle have both recently returned to Uganda.
Since arriving in August 2010, Dave has finalised the land purchase, employed UFF's first local Ugandan staff and begun construction on the initial stage of the school. This construction is estimated to take approximately 12 weeks, allowing the school to open in time for the 2011 year.
Please read on to find out more about United Future Foundation and our goals for the future.