New spring collection in our shop

Well, spring has sprung (we hope!) and we wanted to share some great news with you…

We have a wonderful new spring collection of handmade, ethical and eco goodies for you and your home in our shop.

>>Click to visit our shop now>> 

From gorgeous, cuddly pram blankets, super colourful sun tops, dapper gents scarves and bright, eco cushions covers and table runners  – each of our products has a story behind – the story of the wonderful woman who made it and the child whose life has been transformed because you’ve brought it.

As you may remember we use all our profit to children orphaned by HIV in the slums of Kampala. One of the ways we do this is with education grants that help children like Fiona Nakazwe, 10. 

Here is a little film we made with Fiona and her adopted grandmother Sarah, so they can tell you for themselves how awamu is changing their lives. 

Fiona’s mother died some years ago and she was living with her father, tragically he also became very ill and Fiona had to drop out of school to care for him before he passed away last year. Distant relatives then took her to live in a village outside Kampala, leaving her friends and all connections to her parents behind.

Her relatives didn’t want to pay for her to go to school and she was being used a domestic servant – digging all day in the fields, looking after other children, cooking, fetching water and only eating if there was some food left over. 

Luckily, Sarah Kanyike (widower and guardian of 10 grand children) had been friends with Fiona’s parents and when she went to attend the funeral she saw that Fiona looked ill and was very unhappy “I could see these people just wanted to use her for fetching water. I decided to bring her to become one of my family of 10 to make it 11. She calls me grandmother, because the rest of my family also calls me grandma. She was welcomed here by my family – I told them ‘she is one of you”.

Your awamu purchase has helped Fiona to enrol in primary school where she is now excelling..

Fiona told me “Ja-ja (grandma) Sarah takes me as her real family, I’m happy because I’m now one of the family. The day I was going to start school I woke up early and started to get dressed – then grandma told me ‘what are you doing – it’s only 4.30 – school won’t open for another 4 hours’ but I couldn’t go back to sleep I was too excited”.

There are now 66 children enrolled in primary school thanks to the education programme we run in partnership with ActionAid Uganda. 

On behalf of Fiona, Sarah and all teh children and women we work with in Kampala – Thank you xX

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Marvin’s latest community bullet (Bwaise life in pictures!)

This is the latest pictorial community bulletin from Marvin, 12 years, to keep you up to date on the events happening in his community in Bwaise over the holidays….
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As he has reported previously, the area where they live is plagued with flooding several times year. This is partly caused by more frequent and heavier rains (climate change) but also the reclaiming of a nearby swamp by The National Water and Sewage Cooperation, the swamps used to act as catchment for water whenever it rains but now water just rises and washes through people’s houses. The government are finally working on the drainage channels around his home and he hope he will never have to experience the flooding again……

We love the diggers!

 

 

Marvin (holding jerry can), Regina and Jaliya outside their home during the floods last year

This is what happens when you buy from awamu…

Something to make you smile – this is what happens when you buy from awamu…

Children supported by AWAMU happy after receiving scholastic materials for the second term. Thanks to AWAMU for the support given to our children here in Kampala Uganda.

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Some things we love on Valentines day

A few wonderful messages and drawings from the children we work with Kampala – with a theme fitting for valentines day..love and the things we love…

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Jaliya Nankandi

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Things I love: my mum, flowers and trees by Sarah Nagawa

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Things I love: my grandma by Sheila Nantongo

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Love! by Marvin Ntambi

It was really wonderful and colourful

From our awamu reporter Marvin, 12 years in Bwaise, Kampala…

News about our Christmas party: “Thank you for our party. It was really very wonderful and colourful because we ate lots of food, drank sodas and then had cake.

“All us children were so happy because we were eating, dancing and they even gave gifts. I drew this picture as the camera is broken.”

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Happy new year!

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Happy new year!

This drawing from Marvin Ntambi is sent to wish you a year full of love, laughter and happiness where ever you are in the world.

Thank you for all your support in 2012, here’s to a most excellent 2013.

  • Watch awamu videos to see how you are helping to change the lives of children like Marvin in Kampala

No more post before Christmas – it’s party time!

There are now officially no posting day left until Christmas here at awamu – our festive celebrations have already begun.

Yesterday the first party for the children we work with in Kampala was held in Makerere.

It was organised by Nulu Nabunya, Executive Director of MAWDA one of the awesome women’s groups we work with in Kampala and she has sent this message for you…

“We thank everyone for the support they have given us which made this such a successful and wonderful party.

“We ate, drank soda and danced. The children were even given gifts (new clothes for Christmas). They were very happy and we want share the photos so our friends in the UK feel they were at our party too.”

 This is the first of many thank yous coming your way – because as well as supporting Children through primary school and training their guardians in skills to earn a living – many of you have also contributed to parties for the kids.

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