Sneaky peek at out new patch pocket organic tees

Everyone loves pockets right!?

Well, we do. Especially if they are made from our favorite, colourful African/Holladais wax fabrics.

Our super stylish organic, african cotton tees with patch pockets will be in our shop by Monday – there a great way to keep it keep it simple but add a splash pf colour that might tempt the sun to shine here in the UK!

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Organic tees with extra jazz!

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We even have some for grown ups! (this is Steve being a grown up)

 

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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.

Get cosy on the sofa with awamu

Don’t know about you, but as the days grow darker in the UK, we grow fonder and fonder of our sofa. So we’ve made ours a colourful, cosy nest for hibernating in with some of our beautiful new cushions handmade for you by Sarah Kabenge.

They are 100% cotton, hard wearing and whether it is education grants or skills training that helps guardians earn an income, every penny we raise through sales and donations goes towards projects that are making life better for kids like Tom and Jaliya.

Visit our shop now>>

 

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A rainbow of recycled paper beads

A Rainbow of recycled paper beads just arrived from Kampala and shortly to be available in our shop. See how Sarah makes them here..

Carnival bunting by Robina

We’re in a celebratory kind of mood today….the suns out and we’re thinking about all the fun to be had over the summer….

So we though we’d celebrate by offering everyone a discount on some essential party equipment!

This carnival bunting has been handmade for you by Robina from an eclectic mix of african wax fabrics – each one is individual but they are all as lovely and colourful as the one pictured.

One string is £8 but our very special offer is two strings for £12

Enjoy the sun shine!

From scraps to riches – Rukia’s recycled beads

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These beautiful beads were handmade in Kampala by Rukia Ramathan (pictured left).

There is a massive problem with rubbish in Bwaise as the goverment privatised collection and families can’t afford to pay for it to be taken away . When it floods, like it is right now, the rubbish gets washed into water channels and it flows through peoples houses.

The women’s groups we work with are tryin to find creative ways to recycle some of it.

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 Rukia explains how she transforms what would otherwise be landfill into beautiful jewels…

I make the beads from papers, news prints, cut offs from printers and discarded packaging. I cut the papers using scissors. After cutting the papers we roll them then use glue to fix them tightly. Finally, we varnish to keep them waterproof. To make bead like these long necklaces can take between three to four days but I think they are beautiful when they are finished.”

Rukia was widowed in 2005 and was left to bring up her young children alone. She managed to raise and educate them despite the obstacles she faced from her family and the community.

Rukia is tirelessly active member of TWG womens group one of the two womens groups we work with. Rukia says “Joining the group has given me confidence and faith in myself. The group has helped me to gain respect in my community and my fellow members are a great source of encouragement – they are now like my sisters who are always available whenever I have a challenge’‘.

Rukia is a modest woman so fellow member Florence Masuliya explained “Rukia joined our group in 2003 and she is now our General Secretary. She is one of our most active members and she has recruited lots of community members to join the group.

 “She is very active in our home visit programme where she provides counselling services to family members in need of support. She also gives first aid services to the sick before they are referred to health units for more treatment and is involved in a other social groups and community initiatives where her services are being high appreciated by all of us.

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By buying Rukia’s beads or any of our beautifully made products you will be helping Rukia earn an income from her craft as well as helping her and the group reach out to more children and families in their community in Bwaise.

Each o f Rukia’s necklaces are individual and unique, the beads come in long strands (c160cms each) so you can wear them long, wrap them or knot them – all this for just £10.00!

Click on the photo above to order.