Meet Jaliya & ‘Ja-Ja’ Regina

This makes us immensely happy – meet Jaliya’s and ‘jaja’ Regina

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Sarah Namaganda shows you how to make her recycled paper beads

Sarah Namaganda shows you how to make her recycled paper beads….

You can buy Sarah’s necklaces in our shop

There is a massive problem with rubbish in the slums of Bwaise and Makerer as the goverment privatised collection and families can’t afford to pay for it to be taken away.

When there is heavy rain Bwaise and Makerer floods, rubbish gets washed into water channels that over flow and runs through peoples houses.

The women’s groups we work with are trying to find creative ways to recycle what is around them.

By buying these beads or any of our beautifully products you will be helping Sarah and the women we work with earn an income from there craft as well as helping them to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in their community me.

Each of Sarah’s necklaces are individual and unique – please take a look.

Sarah cares for 6 children (not 16 as she says in the video – lost in translation). Her own daughter and five adopted children including her niece Delphine.

Though she supports many more orphaned children in the community.

They live in small small hut made from corrugated iron and mud and with two people to a single bunk bead.

All of the children she looks after are in school she told us “I make these beads so my children can go to school. Education is everything , my children must go to school so they can all have better lives than this“.

 
 
Many thanks to Josie Gallo for editing my shoddy footage!

Tom’s dream of going to school has finally come true..

Tom Salutes you!

This March we were able to help 26 more children to enroll in primary school because of your support – the money you help us raise though sales, donations and events is transforming the lives of children like Tom in Kampala.

This is a film from Tom and Teopista – Tom is now 7 years old and was ecstatic when he found out his dream of enrolling in school would finally come true. Please watch so they can tell you for themselves.

Tom’s father abandoned him with his Step mum when he was just over a year old.  She did not not care for him properly and he became severely malnourished and seriously ill.

When Teopista (his Aunty) heard how he was being treated she went to fetch him, She got him the medical attention he needed and became his permanent guardian.

They live together in one tiny room and Teopista ran a small roadside business – she would sell sweets and cakes  she would make around 2,000 Ugandan shillings (0.55p) which they used to buy food for that day – until last year when the Ugandan government banned roadside traders and life became even more of a struggle.

Luckily, the situation was bought to the attention of the women’s group we work with in Bwaise and now, with your help, Tom has just completed his first term in school –  he has a new uniform, shoes, school books and gets at least one meal a day at school.

The women in the groups we work with walk the streets of the slums seeking out children and adults in dire need of their help.

Their support often means the difference the difference between life and death in areas with little or no social services or protection.

Whether it is education grants or skills training that helps guardians earn an income. Every penny we raise through sales and donation goes towards project that are making life better for kids like Tom.

Weebale Nnyo!

(Which means ‘Thank you very much’ Luganda – the main language spoken in Kampala)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Patience playing on the swings

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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Our first year – THANK YOU

Amazingly, It’s now one year since we started awamu with our friends in Kampala.

Already you have helped us to…

  • raise enough to support 20  children through seven years of primary school
  • helped six women earn extra income to support their families
  • given over 70 children the opportunity to leave the slums for the day – play and have fun.

Small numbers in the larger scheme of things but the impact on the women and children we work with is not something that can always be quantified in numbers – your support is fuelling the determination, energy and drive of everyone involved.

As Regina, guardian of 13 orphaned children, volunteer and our absolute hero at one of the women’s groups we work with in Kampala, told me;

It’s wonderful to know we have friends – it gives me hope and strength to continue our work”.

So thank you all for your buying, donating, volunteering, cycling, baking, jam making, sewing, DJing, raffling, jumbling, photographing, advising and generally being wonderful.

This is just the start of the journey. We hope that you will join us for what lies ahead.

With love from us and all our friends in Kampala and the UK

Regina, Jaliya (centre) and family outside their home in Bwaise

Paris at last!

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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!

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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…