Jenn Dutton takes on the London Marathon for LTHT

London Marathon
Jenn Dutton

My name is Jenn Dutton.  I am 23 years old and a full time nanny. I love to cook, bake and travel. On April 24th 2016, I will  be racing in one of the great British sporting events, the Virgin Money London Marathon  on behalf of LTHT.  The London Marathon is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.

Why am I doing the London Marathon?

I love to set myself challenges and believe that you must always push yourself and try new things. I really enjoy running and exploring new places with it.

I truly believe that LTHT is a fantastic charity and I would like to support the work that they do around Menstrual Hygiene for rural girls in Uganda . 

Rural girls in Uganda miss several days of school per year due to lack of sanitary towels. This, in turn, leads to many girls school results suffering and some girls even dropping out of school as a result. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can make a difference to such girls if we work together

I like the unique ways in which LTHT works to improve the daily lives and futures of the women in Ruhanga . This inspires me greatly to train my hardest and give the marathon my all.

I hope to raise a lot of money for this small charity so they can help the people of Ruhanga to help themselves.

Please support me by making a donation at

Every little helps

Send a Chicken

We need your assistance to help women in rural Uganda increase their income from 40p to £1.75 a week. That’s just 25 p a day and half the price of a daily newspaper here in the UK but £1.75 is the amount of money a woman in Uganda needs to send three children to a government school, fight malnutrition and ensure that her family can access basic health care. It’s a life changing amount. It’s a difference you can choose to make.

LTHT believes in a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” approach and you can help make that difference by donating £2.50 to our “Send a Chicken” initiative. “Send a Chicken” to an African woman is a direct way of aiding women in rural Africa to become economically independent.

Your donation of £2.50 will buy a two-month old chick for an African woman and create a life changing experience for the recipient and her family.

If you can dig deeper, for £10 we can deliver two two-month-old chicks to a village woman, help them set up a pen for the chicks, provide chicken feed for three months as well as vaccines. After that your gift will be self sustaining generating much needed income for years to come and will help build a better nourished next generation of children.

Within two months the hens will start laying eggs and we will help the women find a route to market for the surplus eggs after her family’s nutritional needs have been met.

We ask you to support this initiative because

  1. Women in rural Uganda still do all the hard work for only 40p a week and simply can’t afford this type of investment. (For most women in rural Uganda £2.50 is over an entire month’s earnings.)
  2. This initiative will enable women to acquire a new skill.
  3. By closing skills gaps amongst rural women who have no assets to generate their own income we enable them to improve their income and livelihood
  4. Better skilled African women in rural areas have a chance of generating income to benefit the community as a whole
  5. 2.3 million Ugandan children are chronically malnourished, the eggs laid will provide essential proteins for growing children

Every Little helps –Make a difference today by donating £2.50

Choose your bundle today:

Please note: 100% of your donation goes directly to the recipient. There are 0% deductions

If you would prefer you can also donate through Virgin Money Giving here

Skills Development in Rural Uganda

I can’t believe it is June already.

Alex and the rest of the team have been busy at the Skills Development Centre in Ruhanga and this post is to provide you with an update


Skills development in rural Uganda
Feedback Session

The Skills Development Centre draws participants from two local primary schools as well as a  secondary school.

During the first three months, participants were allocated a space in either the tailoring or the computing workshop.

At the end of the first three months, the workshop facilitators solicited views from the participants with a view to get a clearer understanding as to what it is they got out of the workshops as well as what could be improved in the second semester.

Alex and his team report general satisfaction with respect to delivery and knowledge gained from the workshops. 

Sewing Workshop

skills development in rural Uganda
Tailoring workshop

The sewing instructor guiding participants during sewing workshop.

This workshop attracts more participants than the Computing workshops. The main reason participants are attracted to this workshop is because most are unlikely  to progress to higher education. Tailoring skills provide them the best opportunity to earn an income once they drop out of  the formal education.

A tailor makes an average of 20,000 Ugandan Shillings or £4.27   a day in Uganda. In a country where some live on less than £1 a day this is a good wage

Skills development in rural Uganda
Tailoring workshops – Ruhanga

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene day
Homemade sanitary towels

On Thursday 28 May 2015 the world celebrated the second Menstrual Hygiene Day. Through the Skills Development Initiative girls are taught how to make sanitary towels as part of our Menstrual Hygiene programme.  I will provide feedback on the impact of this particular programme on girls in due course


We have made a lot of progress and with you help we can do a lot more. To donate to this initiative please visit our Virgin page

Dipping and uplifting for Ruhanga

The Facebook Page “Ruhanga” was established to keep those who have stayed in Ruhanga and developed a relationship with the community up-to-date with events and developments there.

There was a broad view that posts on the page wouldn’t continually ask readers to dip into their pockets, but perhaps inevitably, in an area rich in aspiration but poor in cash terms, sometimes a little “dipping” is required!

Women's group
Ruhanga Women’s Group- Uganda

Most will be aware that girls and women in the area carry out a “traditional” role despite child raising, generating family income through farming and shouldering other responsibilities whilst holding the family together often in the face of chronic adversity.

Reflecting official government moves to eliminate discrimination against women in official policy and practice, with a Ugandan lawyer, Rebecca Kadaga, being the current Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and the introduction of a policy that one woman will represent each district on the National Resistance Council in Uganda.

Women in Ruhanga have established their own empowerment project that provides advice and support to women there about how to increase their income and how to save for the future, to enable them to take control of their own lives and destinies whilst teaching more girls in the community how to help bring control to their lives through sound investment and business ideas.

The charity Let Them Help Themselves has been at the forefront of providing support and assistance to such initiatives and one of their current campaigns is to ensure that girls in Ruhanga acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.

As part of this they have been working with the community and other stakeholders to develop a skills development provision where girls can access vocational training in bike repairs, tailoring and computer skills.

This centre is now running successfully thanks to the support of those like yourself and is in need of expansion to ensure the girls have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.

Whilst the girls and women in Ruhanga can provide the hard work and commitment, they simply cannot afford to build infrastructures such as classrooms and so need to reach out to friends such as yourself to help secure that better future that will cascade down the generations.

Can you dip into your pocket and make a contribution to give the local economy in Ruhanga an uplift?

If you can, please do so through the link below.

Please express your interest in this initiative by giving ~ even just a little.




Skills Development Initiative : Tailoring

It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. Read more


It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty.

The young people from Itojo Sub County suffer from under employed mainly due to lack of skills. Through the Skills Development Initiative, we seek to address the issue of worklessness and poverty amongst the youth by ensuring that they acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.

In the last post, I provided you with an update on our Introduction to Computing for rural communities workshops. This post is about the tailoring workshops.


Access to Jobs- Uganda
Skills Development Initiative- Ruhanga SW Uganda

The initial take up of the tailoring workshops has been low with only four boys and eight girls choosing this workshop.

But according to Alex this picture is deceiving as end of term feedback has indicated that in fact many of those taking part in the computing workshops would rather be in the tailoring workshop. This will be addressed after the Easter break  and in consultation with participants.


As part of our sanitation program, we have been very keen to improve menstrual hygiene amongst teenage girls in Ruhanga and one of the products from the first tailoring workshops is handmade sanitary towels.

Skills Development Initiative- Tailoring- Uganda
Skills Development Initiative- Tailoring

A key aspect of the workshop has been ensuring that participants can cut fabric and operate a sewing machine

opportunities for girls- Uganda
Daphine in  a Tailoring workshop

Her Why

Komujuni Daphine, is 14 years and about to leave Primary School. She is interested in acquiring tailoring skills because as someone from a poor background, she is unlikely to continue in formal education. This is because her parents would not afford the fees.  She hopes that, the tailoring skills gained through this initiative would help her start her own business or access work somewhere else.

Daphine’s reasons for being part of the tailoring workshops sum up reasons why initiatives such as this are needed. What hope is their for rural girls such as Daphine whose parents can’t afford to pay for further education?

The community-based centre where the tailoring workshops are  delivered is now in need of expansion to meet demand and, as such, we now require a further classroom to ensure the girls such as Daphine have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.

To support our work please make a donation at

Sisters are Doing it for Themselves

Ugandan crafts
craft Stall – Ruhanga SW Uganda

A consultation exercise to gather local views on the viability of establishing a new marketplace in the village is being undertaken by the Ruhanga Women’s Empowerment Project, a small independent micro-finance initiative in Ruhanga run by the women themselves that provides advice and support about how to increase income through developing sound business ideas enabling themselves and other women to take greater control of their own lives.

The consultation exercise ~ which will reach out to the village farming community and other stakeholders ~ will explore whether such a marketplace would help the Ruhanga economy by bringing in extra income from passing trade and how it could be run in an independent and sustainable way. 

The group hope to report back to the local chairmen in late March.

Amongst other initiatives the group currently operates a roadside stall that sell crafts that are handmade from locally sourced natural materials which are also shipped around the world. If you would like a bit of Ruhanga in your home or to give as a gift, the crafts are available through:

Should the consultation prove successful and the new marketplace established, it should generate additional income for local farming families and provide a much needed economic boost to the wider community.

We’ll keep you posted.

International Women’s Day 2015- Jobs for girls

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