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.



The chickens are back in time for Easter!

Just a quick note to say that our chicken cushion covers have finally made it from Kampala to the UK and are available to order now!

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They are now available in two colourways – full technicolor or a more subtle cream and brown.

They have been handmade for you by Sarah Kabenge and whether you’re buying for yourself or a friend, you know you are making a real difference when you buy from awamu because you are also giving a wonderful gift of education to vulnerable children and helping mum’s like Sarah in the slums of Kampala.

We use 100% of our income from all our items to support orphaned children in two of the poorest areas of Kampala and train mothers like Sarah in the skills they need to support their family.

Sarah explains for herself how learning tailoring skills has changed her life in this short film we made with her. It’s only a few minutes long – we hope you like it.

Thank you again to everyone that has waited so patiently since we sold out after being featured in the Telegraph gift guide.

We’re be adding more and more into the shop over the coming weeks. Happy Easter!

red hen organic hemp cushion covers
Brown hen chicken cushion covers



It may seem pretty quiet around here but there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

Lots of lush new goodies and news from Uganda to follow soon… the mean time what do you think of these?


Crossed backed summer tops for babies and girls

upclycled clutch bags

Clutch bags from grownups – upclycled and hollandais wax


These are wrap dresses for girls…busy busy!

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.

Sunday screen printing – the giraffes are back!

We spent yesterday (a drizzly Sunday in N16) experimenting with ink  – we’ve screen printed a new batch of our organic cotton giraffe t-shirts and baby grows (as promised to many of you over the last few months!)

They’re finally back in our shop.

Steve gets involved

Naked Giraffes all over the house

More naked giraffes

Giraffe with spots

Children’s t-shirt (ages from 2 to 9 yrs)

Organic baby suit (ages from 3 – 18 mths)

Organic baby t-shirt (from 3 – 12 mths)

Organic slim fit children’s t-shirt for girls & hipsters

We’ve also experimented with some new designs – shortly to be appearing in our shop…..

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Festive sewing workshop at Family Tree on the 1st of December

Down with the new – up with the recycling!

Roll up, roll up for some festive alchemy…..learn how to make gifts and festive decorations for your friends and family using recycled (and upcycled) materials this Christmas.

Join us for an evening of festive fun and African themed creativity and crafting from 6.30pm on the 1st of December at Family Tree in Exmouth Market, EC1.

You don’t need any previous experience or sewing skills, you follow simple patterns and we’ll talk you through it!

All materials are included in the £12 fee and every penny raised goes towards giving Children we work with in Kampala a special treat this Christmas.

Reserve you places using our facebook event page now as spaces are limited to ten.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.We really hope you can make it!

If you would like to buy a space for crafty friend or relative we can send them (or you!) a gift certificate to redeem on the day.

hand stitched by Mary – a celebration of our first 6 months…

My talented colleague Mary Akiror from ActionAid Uganda has made this wonderful hand embroidered awamu logo for us as a celebration of our first 6 months. THANK YOU MARY!

The talented Mary Akiror!

Since we started in November (2010) we have raised well over £15,000 (much more if you add in the gift aid!).

We’re busy making sure this can be put into action and reach those children most in need immediately – we will update you shortly on how it is being used shortly so watch this space!

A massive thank you to everyone that has brought, given, sponsored, designed, photographed, volunteered, joined in, advised and generally been supportive….it’s all in the name – we can only do this TOGETHER!