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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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

 

Shhhhhhhh…

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…..in the mean time what do you think of these?

awamusummertops

Crossed backed summer tops for babies and girls

upclycled clutch bags

Clutch bags from grownups – upclycled and hollandais wax

sewing

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.

Our next crafting workshop is inspired by the bird life of Uganda

Our new crafting workshops have been inspired by the colourful bird life of Uganda!

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 £10 fee and all the profit from the afternoon will go to awamu to give orphaned and vulnerable children in the slums of Kampala a special treat this Christmas.

You’ll learn a bit about sewing and a bit about life and wildlife in Uganda 🙂

We’ve got two workshops coming up

Reserve your places now on the facebook event page (links above) as spaces are limited.

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

Children from 8 upwards are welcome with parents too!

Your home could be decorated with these little colourful birds these Christmas…

hand stitched african birds

Tree decorations inspired by the birdlife of Uganda

Today in Kampala: Tutorials, biscuits and wee

It’s been a long day – lots of tutorials on new designs and products with Sarah and Florence.

So I will spare you the words and just share a few photos from the day….

Sarah with Jackson, now a belting, lively little fella. Sitting on his mum’s lap whilst she still manages to sew!

This is Frank, he is 9 months. He is the son of one of Sarah’s trainee tailors. Look at those big sad eyes! He refused to give his new awamu sun hat back after modeling it for us…but did offer loads of cuddles as well as smearings of biscuit and weeing on me.

This is also Sarah, she is guardian of two of the children we are supporting through school. She was showing how she makes her recycled paper beads.

This is Jackson again – finally smiling whilst kindly agreeing to model a new design of dress we are working on!

More from Kampala tomorrow.