Our work

This year we aim to help many families on the road out of poverty. Each family we help will in turn help many other families. In addition to the projects below we have many very small ad hoc projects educating children and providing a living to vulnerable women. We also give emergency support until a person is able to become self sustaining.

Those we work with are women, orphans, child-headed households, the disabled and people living with HIV/Aids. Despite their hard work they have lived in extreme poverty and abusive situations. With our support, they are starting to feed their families, their children go to school, they have sustainable income, and lead better and more fulfilled lives.

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Our farm project is in the remote Kisoga Village 30km from Kampala. Started in May 2010, it is now self sustaining. It is a free range pig farm with some arable, mostly beans. There are around 120 pigs. The farm supports a working family enabling their children to go to school. It also supports a number of village children in schooling and provides medicine for the local clinic.As the farm moves into profit it is provide funds for other local projects. In addition pigs are being given from each litter to poor families so that they too can benefit. This has been a major project for us and will provide much needed funds for further work in the area.
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In Kampala we have a Hair Salon, in operation 4 years and is self sustaining. It supports 8 workers, some of whom are refugees, and our Uganda coordinator, Teddy Ayo. We also train girls who had been sex workers through poverty, to become hairdressers. This project directly and indirectly supports around 48 people.
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  In Namwongo Slum, Kampala, we have a group of women, most of whom are Acholi displaced from the north of Uganda by the LRA (Lords Resistance Army) The LRA are infamous for their use of captured children as soldiers and the atrocities they have commited These women, 40% of whom are HIV positive and most of whom have suffered dreadfully at the hands of the LRA, are now under threat of losing their homes in the slum. We asked what they wanted to happen to improve their lives. The answer: A New Village, in a safe rural area. With great effort we have now secured 20acres in rural Bewyale. Now the task begins! We have to raise funds to build new traditional style homes on the land, provide the basics to live and farm the land – for 40 women and their families. This is a major project but once complete will take 40 families from abject poverty in a Kampala slum, back to a sustainable village life. Once complete, the project will be self-sustaining within 1 year.     village2
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  We have many small projects ongoing as well and some novel ones such as what our Kampala co-ordinator came up with: We bought a coin operated pool table for £450 and gave it to 3 extended families to operate. It is sited in the Namwongo slum where men who have work can have some leisure at a low price and at the same time support the women, one of whom is disabled. This is an example of a locally thought up project that works well.
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In Ukunda Mombassa, Kenya, we have a new project by way of a co-operative of women. We are currently seeking help to fund this. In essence the co-operative will consist of a group of around 10 women making locally needed products and in the tourist season items for the tourist trade. The group will produce soap, candles, clothing, jewellery, eggs and free range chickens.
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Taita Hills, Kenya this is a project to divert damaging forrest clearance from the Hill area to the flat land. At the same time it will provide food and income through cash crops to 12  extended families. This project is being let by our Mombassa co-ordinator, Margaret Mwabili. It involves drilling a borehole to the abundant water table and installing a pump and irrigation lines.
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Again in Mombassa. This project is a very low cost, low tec solution to poverty. For £100 we can rent 1 acre of farm land for one year, pay for cultivation, seeds and weeding. The harvest will yield a cash crop of around £400 to £600 per acre/£100 investment. As a trial this has been given to two women. 

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All the above projects and more are the result of dialogue with the beneficiaries and all become self sustaining. All fund spending is audited and waste in minimal. Your donations and help get directly to the heart of the problem.