New spring collection in our shop

Well, spring has sprung (we hope!) and we wanted to share some great news with you…

We have a wonderful new spring collection of handmade, ethical and eco goodies for you and your home in our shop.

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From gorgeous, cuddly pram blankets, super colourful sun tops, dapper gents scarves and bright, eco cushions covers and table runners  – each of our products has a story behind – the story of the wonderful woman who made it and the child whose life has been transformed because you’ve brought it.

As you may remember we use all our profit to children orphaned by HIV in the slums of Kampala. One of the ways we do this is with education grants that help children like Fiona Nakazwe, 10. 

Here is a little film we made with Fiona and her adopted grandmother Sarah, so they can tell you for themselves how awamu is changing their lives. 

Fiona’s mother died some years ago and she was living with her father, tragically he also became very ill and Fiona had to drop out of school to care for him before he passed away last year. Distant relatives then took her to live in a village outside Kampala, leaving her friends and all connections to her parents behind.

Her relatives didn’t want to pay for her to go to school and she was being used a domestic servant – digging all day in the fields, looking after other children, cooking, fetching water and only eating if there was some food left over. 

Luckily, Sarah Kanyike (widower and guardian of 10 grand children) had been friends with Fiona’s parents and when she went to attend the funeral she saw that Fiona looked ill and was very unhappy “I could see these people just wanted to use her for fetching water. I decided to bring her to become one of my family of 10 to make it 11. She calls me grandmother, because the rest of my family also calls me grandma. She was welcomed here by my family – I told them ‘she is one of you”.

Your awamu purchase has helped Fiona to enrol in primary school where she is now excelling..

Fiona told me “Ja-ja (grandma) Sarah takes me as her real family, I’m happy because I’m now one of the family. The day I was going to start school I woke up early and started to get dressed – then grandma told me ‘what are you doing – it’s only 4.30 – school won’t open for another 4 hours’ but I couldn’t go back to sleep I was too excited”.

There are now 66 children enrolled in primary school thanks to the education programme we run in partnership with ActionAid Uganda. 

On behalf of Fiona, Sarah and all teh children and women we work with in Kampala – Thank you xX

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Sunshine on a snowy day!

We’ll be launching lots of new gorgeous handmade goodies in our shop very soon but couldn’t resist putting these up today…

Two gorgeous new medium weight scarves – perfect for this never ending winter/never starting spring!

They’re double sided – bright, summery 100% cotton ‘hollandais’ fabrics on one side with a softer, more snuggly side made from 55% hemp/45% organic cotton jersey in charcoal grey.

The colours are uplifting and sunny but they’re keep you warm until the summer arrives

A snap at £25 and all the profit will help us to enrol more children like Tom, orphaned by HIV, enrol into primary school 🙂

‘Dice’ scarf new in our shop today

‘Arrows’ cotton/hemp/organic cotton scarf

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.

Special offer on our hand screen printed organic fairtrade children’s tees

Not long now! Our last posting day before Christmas is next Tuesday the 18th.

And we’ve got a special offer for you – with every children’s t-shirt (aged 2 to 10 years) purchased from us before Christmas we’ll give you a free pack of African Wax fabric badges worth £3

All our super cute animal t-shirts are screen printed by hand using water based non-toxic ink on soft and stretchy 100% certified organic, fair trade African cotton.

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Chicken t-shirts aged 2 to 9 years

Giraffe t-shirts available for ageds4 to 9 years

Slim fit Giraffe t-shirts available in ages 2 to 12 years

A trio of African Wax fabric badges worth £3 free when you order a children’s t-shirt

Christmas gifts that change lives…

tom

Tom was ecstatic when he was able to enroll in school

We’ve just added even more gifts in our shop with prices starting from as little as £3!

Whether you’re buying for a favourite aunt or a hard-to-buy-for 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 orphaned children like Tom in the slums of Kampala.

Tom was ecstatic when he found out his dream of enrolling in school would finally come true. Here is a little film we made with Tom and his Aunty so they can tell you for themselves how awamu is changing their lives.

Watch film now>> it’s only a few minutes long – we hope you will enjoy it.

£3 for a trio of African Wax fabric badges

£4 hang your own little treats on the tree palm leaf mini gift bags

£5 adopt a Zebra (or a whole heard!)

£7 -9 Purses and bags to help you organise your life!

£8 fill you stockings with a  rainbow of recycled paper beads

£14-£18 Add colour and comfort to your sofa

Awamu featured in the Daily Telegraph gift guide today

Oof. We’ve been rushed off our feet since this morning packing up orders received in response to being featured in the Daily Telegraph festive gift guide today.

Woo hooo!

Some items are flying out the door so please order whilst you can. Visit our shop now to see what they’re excited about>>