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Welcome to CHEDRA

March 19, 2012

The Community Health Empowerment, Development and Relief Agency is a grassroots, not-for-profit organisation based in Masaka, Uganda. CHEDRA works to combat HIV/AIDS amongst local communities, address the needs of sufferers of the virus and also enhance general levels of health and well-being across the Masaka District.

CHEDRA, as a local and youth-run organisation, has the energy and the knowledge to help communities build the capacity they need to drive positive change from within!


CHEDRA has launched into a very busy 2012! As well as the organisation’s usual activities, CHEDRA is hosting 5 volunteers who are designing and implementing their own projects. 4 of the volunteers are from Holland, and 1 is from Australia. You can read about the current CHEDRA initiatives on the Projects page.

On February 6th 2012, CHEDRA celebrated the opening of Bugabira Primary School. This school, designed and constructed by CHEDRA in conjunction with Be-More, aims to provide affordable, high-quality education to children living in some of the poorest regions of Masaka. The school is operational (with 135 students in grades kindergarten – primary 5) however work is far from over. Whilst the dedicated Bugabira Primary School teachers look after the education of pupils, CHEDRA is busy completing the school buildings (installing doors, windows and energy-efficient cooking stoves) and designing small-scale agriculture projects. These will supplement the diet of the children and also act as income-generation.The school is aiming to build up a funding base so that the small fees set at present (to finance teacher salaries, uniforms, school materials and student meals) can be lowered as much as possible and even abolished for the neediest students.

More information about this initiative can be found on the Projects Page. You can also support Bugabira Primary School with a donation through the Global Giving website.


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