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Self Sustaining Development

We want to ensure that the children’s NGO’s in Uganda are not completely reliant on external funds and never find themselves in a position where they cannot provide food or health care for their children. We want to give them the opportunity to expand their work with children.

Imagine having 500 unloved, homeless, suffering or abandoned children in your care. If 200 of them have financial support from an international charity, 50 have individual sponsors from abroad and the other 250 have no support at all. What would you do with the other 250?

Local people who are running homes for children in Uganda often find themselves in a similar position. We must make sure that all these children can be provided for and we can do this by making sure that each organisation can generate the income it requires to feed, clothe, shelter and educate these marginalized children.

We work with indigenous charities on projects that make them self-sustaining, we provide the training and monitoring for the projects and ensure that the generated funds are correctly spent. We listen to the individual project ideas from each organisation. Each of the organisations we have spoken to have many ideas for projects that will work within their community.

They become excited and empowered at the thought of being able to provide for the children every day.

The children will be brought up in an empowering environment knowing that it is possible for them to provide for themselves.

CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN

Project Manager: Nichola Peach
Events Manager: Neil Mcquillan

Sponsored by Barclays

Project Vision
The sale of African Crafts in the UK will be a tool to raise awareness of African Culture and a means of communities in Africa raising the money they require to support the orphans in their community. It gives people the opportunity to make a difference in a sustainable manner.

In Uganda the vision for the project is that the communities will feel able to provide for the children without the struggle or the perpetual begging, which leads them into what they called dependency syndrome. It will create an empowering environment for the children to be raised in, where they understand they can provide for themselves.

Young entrepreneurs, from the 5 participating schools will sell the first batch of crafts, during school events. The second batch of crafts will be purchased using the money raised from the first batch, enabling us to purchase an increased amount, providing further business for the community. Profits made will enable us to start similar projects in more communities of Africa.

The first community producing crafts for this project are the women of Kangulimira (Eastern Uganda), from the business generated from this project alone the women will be able to provide support for 200 HIV/AIDS orphaned children.

There are many ways you can become a part of this project.

Individuals
If you would like to come to our first fundraising event for this project please click here for further details of our ‘An Evening in Africa’ fundraising party, or to purchase a raffle ticket for the raffle to be held at this event.

If you would like to arrange an event please click here for ideas or to set up your own sponsorship / donation page.

Businesses
If you are a business and would like to sponsor this project we can offer you promotion for your business. Sponsors Logo’s and a link to your website will go on our site. Your logo will go on our Crafts for Children leaflet. We are open to suggestions

If your business would like to arrange a fundraising event for this project we can even offer you support in events organising. Please contact us with your idea or to request ideas from our team.

Schools
If you would like to sell these crafts at your school please contact us.

Shops
If you have a shop where you think these crafts would sell please contact us.

Ddandira Pig and Demonstration Farm

Africa Foundation has a school with 476 primary school pupils of whom 384 are borders. As funding is currently very low for the school the teachers are unpaid. Many of the teachers and support workers are former beneficiaries of Africa Foundation.

Rookmaaker School has land measuring up to 90 acres. Due to the low funds the teachers and the children agreed to grow food as a solution to the high cost of buying food for the growing number of pupils in the school. They have started to plant small amounts of crops.

The layout of the Land can support large-scale farming – of both upland and low land crop species and a visitor’s camp. Click here to buy a piglet.