So much has happened over the last 25 years and we’re still going strong; we have been privileged to meet, support and work alongside many people, who have found themselves in desperate circumstances.
Several of our projects are based around children and education, although over the years we have been involved in all sorts of things.
In Uganda, the North Kigezi Community Empowerment Project works with vulnerable families across the wider Rukungiri area and incorporates the existing School Scholarship and Family Empowerment Scheme, which gives vulnerable children the opportunity to have a good education, whilst at the same time working to support their families to be better prepared to provide for themselves and their children in the future. This gives children a good foundation and acts as a springboard into further education and working life. Empowerment is key to the North Kigezi community project and the main thrust is to offer strategies to help families in difficulty create a sustainable way of living, allowing them to support themselves.
In Kampala and beyond, the Komamboga Children’s project focusses on the care and development of children that have had a tough start in life. Children are settled in permanent foster families and school fees are paid until children complete their education. Children are supervised and the ongoing welfare of families supported.
In Ethiopia, we have worked with communities on projects such as clean water, seed for planting, education for girls, building six form classrooms to allow children to study in their own area, and funding community training to promotes child welfare, especially for girls. We aim to stand alongside communities, sharing in their ideas and vision for the future, providing support and advice where necessary and ensuring that the process of development and change belongs to the people.
More recently during the coronavirus pandemic, we have been able to provide emergency food parcels to families in both Uganda and Ethiopia. Our partners have put together a parcel that includes essential food and household items to last families for at least a month. The food items were chosen to include a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Each parcel costs £40 and should last a family for 4 to 6 weeks.