A curious Elephant wants to say hello

There are somedays when I am just overjoyed by silliness and love for the things I do!

Our first baby Elephants are ready to find a new home but this mum wants to check you out first!

This awesome animation was made for us by Charlie Woolock, age 13 – a curious awamu elephant wants to check you out to see if you are friendly…this promises to be the first of a series of animations to help you get to know our elephants in depth ūüôā

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Meet Jaliya and ‘jaja’ Regina and see how we are helping to change the lives of children in the slums of Kampala

I just opened my email to find this picture (above) of Jaliya and news that she is studying hard for next round for exams that are coming up very soon.

This makes us immensely happy ‚Äď and is giving me a great reason to share this little film we made with you today so you can see just how your support is changing the lives of children in Kampala.

Please, please watch it. If it makes you feel half as proud as I do right now, it‚Äôll make your day too. And when you‚Äôre done, please share it with everyone you know ‚Äď through twitter,¬†facebook,¬†youtube¬†‚Äď to spread the word about awamu and help us to change even more lives for the better.

Jaliya is the inspiration behind awamu. You may recall that Jaliya suffered extreme neglect at the hands of her uncle when she was sent to live with him following the death of both of her parents from AIDS. She was just seven years old.

Fearing she too had the illness and may ‚Äúcontaminate‚ÄĚ his children, she was kept in isolation in a tiny hut, barely big enough for her to stand in. Little Jaliya slept alone each night on a sack and was forbidden to play with her cousins, go to school or even touch the family‚Äôs possessions.

After hearing reports of a sick child, Regina ‚Ästa member of the Tusitukirewamu Women‚Äôs Group ‚Äď and our heroine, found Jaliya half-starved with a swollen tummy and coughing up blood.

Regina pledged there and then to look after Jaliya, offer her the love and comfort she so desperately craved and nurse her back to health. Although she knew it would be a struggle, she found a place in her home for her alongside the 10 other children in her care who’d also lost their parents to AIDS related illnesses.

Five years on, Jaliya is a healthy and happy 11-year-old. She‚Äôs doing well in school, she plays with her friends and brothers and sisters and, most importantly she has the love of a grandmother (or ‘ja-ja’) from Regina. A love that is so obviously reciprocated.

And this is thanks to you and your support of awamu. 100% of your donations and proceeds from your purchases go to support orphaned children like Jaliya, in the slums of Kampala and the wonderful, selfless women that take them into their care.

We help to train women in the communities in income generating schemes so they can earn a living to support themselves and their extended families.

And we support networks of women who have been similarly affected by HIV who give their time and energy to helping the most vulnerable in their communities. They walk the street of the slums, seeking out children and adults in need of their support. They encourage them to confront their fears, navigate the medical system and offer care and protection to those who are too weak to look after themselves or their families.

With very few overheads (the cost of website/the materials we buy for our products) a little goes a long way…

£243  could cover the cost of skills training for one woman over two years

¬£42 could help us refurbish the women’s groups old sewing machines

£139 could buy a new sewing machine

£59 could buy a school uniform, schools fees, books and pens

£16 could buy a good pair of school shoes

£69 could provide small loan to help a guardian start a small business that will help them feed their family

£22 (the equivalent of one summer dress) could cover the cost of school fees for one term

£483 could cover the school for seven years

£62 could buy warm clothing, mosquito net, mattresses, school uniform and scholastic materials for one child

£613 could support one child through seven years of Primary Education and a small start up loan so their guardian can earn enough money to feed their family

So thank you for every gift you have bought from us. for every share on facebook and twitter, every donation and, most importantly, every encouraging word you have given us.

Our London to Paris EPIC adventures in pictures…

We’re back safe and sound (bar a few achy knees and shoulders) and what a massive adventure we have had – 13 people, 178+ miles,¬†12 punctures and (of this very moment) we have raised¬†over¬†¬£10, 899 (enough to support another 17 children)!

I’m still lost for words so here a brief synopisis and a¬†visual treat –¬†13 sweaty folk¬†peddling to Paris….


Day 1: 56 miles, 6 punctures, the ride of a thousand hills and the pizza of punishment.

Day 2:¬†43 miles, 3 punctures (on the same bike), ¬†ferry, ‘wow less hills’,¬†a bit of rain….on reflection the least punishing day.

Day 3: 80 miles, more AND MORE hills, sheeting rain and wind, two incidents of fallings off bikes (no one severely injured), 3 punctures, more pizza, cycling through forest (more hills).

Most importantly, we all finished together in Paris and drink a bit of fizz under the Eiffle Tower


A massive thank you to everyone that supported and spsonsored us from all the awamu London to Paris team: Kerry Bradshaw, Sam Carrington, Joey Leech, Stefan Goodchild, Amy Huges, David McDade, Ian Wilde, Anna Gurney, Bernat Rueda, Ben McCormick, Tim Shearring and us (Emma and Steve).

You can see more photos from our adventures on our facebook page > click here

It’s not to late to¬†add your sponsorship – sponsor us here


Paris at last!


THE END. Arrived in Paris around 8pm. Exhausted but exhilarated. our brilliant team who stuck together despite lashing wind and rain. AMAZING. More news to come after a good nights sleep…

Paris at last!


THE END. Arrived in Paris around 8pm. Exhausted but exhilarated. our brilliant team who stuck together despite lashing wind and rain. AMAZING. More news to come after a good nights sleep…