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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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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That Friday feeling!

This is our celebration Friday dance! the children from we work with at MAWDA in Makerere, Kampala rehearsing and showing off their dancing skills.

Happy Friday!

Your opinion please – what shall we make for you next?

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Sarah experimenting with new dress designs

We’re currently pulling together ideas, designs and patterns to discuss with for Sarah and team in Kampala.

We know you want more animals, dresses and giraffe babygrows (we have a waiting list!) but what else would you like us to make for you?

Let us know what you think…there are only a few boundaries…

  • We mostly make for babies and children though we can be convinced to a few special items for grown ups
  • It must be made with minimum waste
  • It must be easy to transport from Kampala to the UK (i.e. not breakable or squashable or too bulky) 

I’ll be blogging from Kampala so you never know, you may even be able to see your suggestions go into production live!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Patience swinging!

A belated (best no less heartfelt) HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.

We’re wishing everyone – including our friends in Uganda who we are missing dearly – a healthy, happy new year full of love and laughter.

We’ve enjoyed a few days off with friends and family but January is where we start focusing on the next challenge(s)!

It rather grey and miserable here in London so here are a few happy faces that have been cheering us – we hope they make you smile too!

 

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Show love to other people

Today’s post is brought to you by Ssekamatte, aged 9…a message full of love and positivity in pictures and words.

Good morning. My name is Ssekamatte, I come from Bwasie. My grandmother is Regina. We are 12 people in our home.

This me and my sister going to fetch water from the tap for cooking.  We love Regina, she teaches us that it is very important to show love to other people.

Thank you from your friend Ssekamatte.

Video: Who made them?

All these lovely things were made by Robina, Sarah, Florence and Amerit.

As well as hoping that you will buy and enjoy the lovely things that they’ve made they would also like to share their stories with you…

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We hope you enjoy what we have made. We have enjoyed making them. Before I was lost, I was helped and I want to give something back.”

My husband died in 2004 when my children, Ritah, Ndego, Night and Deborah were very young. He had been very sick and when he died I was thrown out of my home by my in-laws. They took all of my property and I had no where to live.  I was left with nothing and I had no way of earning a living. I came to the Kampala with my children in search of work.

“But I became very sick – a volunteer health worker from Tusitukirewamu womens group came to my home. I later found out they had heard about me and visited me as part of their community outreach. With care and support from womens in the group I was able to access treatment and get well again. Now I am on anti retroviral drugs. They also helped me to get training in tailoring & knitting from TASO (the Aids Support Organisation).

“These women saved me and and now I embrace the group because I want to give something back. I started volunteering with them in 2006, now I works for the organisation training guardians, vulnerable youths and commercial Sex workers  who want to learn skills so they can change their lives. I want to help others change their lives the way I was able to change mine“

 

 

 

 

Sarah