Christmas is a few weeks away and we thought this would be a good time to not only wish you a Merry Xmas but also share with you some of our achievements in Ruhanga -Uganda in 2015
Our focus in 2015 has been the individual through our Skills Development Initiative (SDI)
As part of SDI, girls in Ruhanga learned how to make sanitary towels that were then distributed to 37 teenage girls in the village
In August, we met with some of the girls who benefited from the program and their mothers. Here is how we got on
Women in the village: Following the August review of the first phase of SDI, it became apparent that women had been largely excluded from previous interventions and that we didn’t know enough about their needs.
We sought to change this in Phase 2 through a series of meetings with the women facilitated by Maria and Alex.
There is now, a new and more inclusive women’s group and agreement amongst the group on initiatives that will enable them to increase their income and acquire new skills.
Alex explains http://www.lethemhelpthemselves.org/index.php/2015/10/
One of those initiatives is the poultry initiative and 30 women have signed up already. Through this initiative, women will acquire skills in semi intensive poultry keeping and increase their income from 40p to roughly £1.76 a week
Alex has carried out home assessments of all the women who have agreed to be part of this initiative. From the information gathered, we have gained an insight into the level of financial and practical support participants will need to succeed.
We also have an understanding of what it will cost us to set up.
We need to raise a further £1500 to get the initiative off the ground. We are therefore running a campaign called SEND A CHICKEN TO AN AFRICAN WOMAN. A donation of £2.50 can make a huge difference.
To support this initiative please visit our campaign pages at
We also set up a bursary for women in Ruhanga to learn how to use a sewing machine. We currently have four women enrolled on this programme.
We will provide feedback on their progress in the new year.
London Marathon: Our application for a space at next year’s London Marathon was successful. We have a space and our runner is Jenn Dutton and this is her fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenniferDutton1 .
Please show her some love by sharing her page
For regular updates about our work in Ruhanga, please visit our Facebook Page
Thank you for being part of our journey in 2015. We wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year
Alex, Freda, Julie, Maria, Sadia and Ida