PONT is a small charity in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales making a big difference in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.
We’re run by volunteers through direct community links. We support Ugandan organisations who have the potential to tackle poverty in their towns and villages. Our partnership is based on friendship, commitment and respect.
We set up PONT to see what difference we could make in one specific area of Africa and one area of Wales. A decade on, people have become our friends. Together we’ve built projects that work. We’re seeing improvements to health, livelihoods, learning and the environment. We’re changing lives. And we want to change more.
Our projects touch many areas of life...
...they're all about reducing the impact of poverty.
We’re impacting lives
Our motorbike ambulances make over 4,000 journeys a year, getting injured people, sick kids and mums in labour down poor roads to health centres or the hospital.
We’ve twinned over 100 schools in RCT and Mbale. Because of Welsh schools, libraries have been set up and classrooms improved – and cultures shared.
We’ve trained over 1,200 health workers in rural villages. They save lives daily. Recently they helped prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading.
Our goat project has helped over 2,000 vulnerable families caring for orphans earn enough to provide shelter and nutrition and send them to school.
Our engineers have helped bring clean water to 6,000 people, electricity to 5 schools, and set up a workshop that trains local people and sells mechanical goods and services.
Our university, hospitals and churches build friendships and share resources. Mbale’s hospital now has an endoscopy unit and on-call anaesthetist thanks to PONT links.
But we want to do more
You can be part of it
People in Mbale have the power to improve the lives of their communities. PONT gives people in Wales the chance to give their time, skills or money to support them, and make a real specific difference. There’s lots of ways you can join in:
*‘Mulembe!’ is the greeting we hear when we’re in Mbale and it means ‘Welcome!’