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

Spring cleaning? Donate fabric, buttons, thread and sewing equipment to awamu

Robin could turn what you donate into something special!

Robin could turn what you donate into something special!

One of the biggest challenges is sourcing the fabrics and products that don’t damage the environment or have an impact on another community.

To find these things ourselves takes a huge amount of time and research but you might be able to help us….

If you are thinking of having a spring clean and you have thread, buttons or cotton fabric (or any natural fabric) around please consider donating it to us.

We can use for it training or transform it into something stunning to raise money to get even more children into school.

We need:

  • Thread
  • Fabric – especially plain fabric (including bedding/duvet covers if they are not bobbled/worn), we also love cord/baby cord and fabric in all different colour
  • Buttons
  • Zips
  • All sewing equipment can be found a new home where it will be loved and used.

Please get in touch if you can help.

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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Get cosy on the sofa with awamu

Don’t know about you, but as the days grow darker in the UK, we grow fonder and fonder of our sofa. So we’ve made ours a colourful, cosy nest for hibernating in with some of our beautiful new cushions handmade for you by Sarah Kabenge.

They are 100% cotton, hard wearing and whether it is education grants or skills training that helps guardians earn an income, every penny we raise through sales and donations goes towards projects that are making life better for kids like Tom and Jaliya.

Visit our shop now>>

 

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awamu at Camden Lock night market

We will be at Camden Lock Night Market on Thursday 29th November from 5-10pm for an evening of shopping, music, good food and workshops.

We will be in the We Make London area located in the Lower Market Hall of the beautiful Victorian Camden Lock buildings – the area will feature some of the UK’s most exciting designer-makers.

The evening will be accompanied by beautiful music from the Salvation Army and Camden Lock favourites Camden Guitars performing Christmas songs played in a Spanish style (yes really!)…so why not take a walk down Camden memory lane with us 🙂

Public Transport: Camden Lock Market can be easily reached by Tube or Overground. Camden Town and Camden Road are the closest two stations.

Parking: Parking is free around Camden from 6.30pm.

Stocking fillers and festive handmade gifts £10 and under..

Whether you’re the kind to count down the shopping days or leave it ‘til Christmas Eve, we have some perfect gifts for the special folks in your life.

From stocking fillers for under a tenner, vintage baubles (coming later this week) to our unique and colourful homeware and children’s gifts.

Each item has been lovingly handmade by amazing crafts women in Kampala – Robina Nalumansi, Sarah Kabenge, Rukia Ramathan, Florence, Sarah Namaganda and Salima Najingo using their super powered tailoring skills.

And what better than to gift a that will not only give them joy but also empowers the woman that made it and helps to protect and educate a children in two of the poorest slum areas of Kampala.

>>take a look in the shop now 

Colourful bags

vintage glass baubles

Vintage glass baubles

Unique accessories

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