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Lia Teenage mothers gaining skills, the first lot who joined last year are now able to produce some thing. We tested their skills when Butterfly Project contracted them to make uniform for their students. We started with two sewing machines but now there are over ten machines which have helped in this training.
More machines are still needed to enable us meet our target of twenty ordinary machines and at least three industrial ones. We thank those who have supported us so far achieve this and not forgetting the day care center, we have achieved three quarters of the day care needs and at least is now helpful to the trainees’ children and in later date shall welcome other children as we struggle to get all these remaining stuffs.
It was a very colorful day; the New York University students had funs and taught LIA children so many wonderful things just at the centre. This was meant to have time with LIA children who could not go to the National Theater the previous day. They also gave out supplies to the kids. Big ups to New York University Students for such an annual visits.
I’m really excited about the day care center. And would like to thank all those who have put efforts in raising money that is making this a reality. Needless to mention the names but you know the very important role you have played. More especially BIG UPS for LIA USA and women love us foundation USA for holding the heaviest part of this load. With you, we are reaching our destination.
Even athousand miles begin with a step, we have moved all that far. The compound is beginning to look better and we are yet to put many things in place.
Teenage mothers in the Life in Africa community are learning valuable career skills such as tailoring.
I am reposting this information from Peter Ndelo, the director of Life in Africa in Kampala, Uganda. Please consider supporting this very worthy enterprise.
"The new Life in Africa is a community based organization formed and run by the war displaced persons of Northern Uganda. As peace returns among the Acholi community, there is need to restore hope among them through skill life training in computer and tailoring. Over 3000 people were displaced by the northern war all over the country including in Banda –Kireka, a Kampala suburb.
"Because of hard conditions and other circumstances, there is an increase in the number of young girls getting pregnant and giving birth to babies whose fathers can not be traced! At the end of the day they are left with no options but resolved to work at stone quarry to make end meet. We wish to give the best option of skill life training to these young mothers.
"And so far twenty teenage mothers with babies strapped on their backs have been enrolled in this program and more are expected to come. These teenage mothers don’t have ample time to concentrate well in these trainings with babies on their back and for that reason we wish to have a day care that would cater for the babies.
" To put our thoughts into practice, we have managed to raise money for the perimeter wall to guarantee safety of these babies and the construction is underway. We now have a challenge to raise money for day care equipment and supplies."
We are getting closer to our goal of raising the money necessary to build the brick wall for our child care center! For those that don't know, Life in Africa in Kampala is starting a child day care center. There are so many single mothers in the neighborhood, some of whom attend the LiA tailoring training discussed here, and they are in need of good quality child care while they work or train. The existing fence at the center, however, is made of papyrus and obviously can't provide a secure environment for small children.
We are seeking funds in the form of loans, which will be repaid to each and every lender once the center is up and running and turning a profit. Please consider clicking on the Chip In button and lending even a small amount. These mothers and children need our support to become productive and responsible citizens. On behalf of all the moms and kids of Life in Africa, I thank you very much.
It’s approximately two months since I posted that Life in Africa Kireka developed a tailoring project that is aiming at training the teenage mothers, the teenage mothers are those young girls who conceived at early ages and can neither continue with school nor get married. The tailoring project is going on successfully with over twenty teenage mothers and their babies on the backs. This pushed us to think about how to get hold on the situation of training these young mothers with their babies on the back. Some times they find it difficult to concentrate on the training as they would need to consul their crying babies!
the organization came up with an idea of starting a child care centre that would help look after these babies during the day as their mothers are learning. Having thought of that, we didn’t know that it was such a good project that not only will cater for teenage mothers who are getting training at the center, but all the people around the center because more trainees with similar challenges are coming. It is really a challenge for even a lower class people mostly ladies who work as house keepers, industrial workers and venders to perform their duties better because of babies, some times they even loose jobs because of that.
Besides, Life in Africa Kireka is just 100 meters from the main road to the city and when we put our banner about the child care center opening soon, most of these ladies and gentlemen driving to work in the city had to begin inquiring about the service and most of them are very mush pleasant about the service as its easy for them to drop their kids as they go to work and pick them as they retire home in the evenings.
Stimulating toys and beds can be easily acquired for this development to take place. However the center lacks security wall and this will not make the parents trust us with their kids because the place is wide opened such that any one can have access to it including those interested in stealing other people’s kids for various reasons. So to make parents more confidence, there is immediate need for security wall. At one point, we have had papyrus fence which people tore and got their way through and we feel should have a lasting solution. you reading this could be one of the best lenders to this project.
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I am so excited to see this great project taking shape. The members of LiA Kireka are starting a mushroom farm at their center. Mushrooms have become very popular in Uganda and are served now in most of the hotels and restaurants. They have mostly been imported at a high price but there is a growing trend to grow them locally. And even the local residents have started buying the locally grown mushrooms and using them in their cooking.
They have used a small grant from Life in Africa USA to build the dark room needed to grow their gardens. They plan to set up around 400 gardens and are very confident that the enterprise will be profitable. The monies earned will help to support the center and will also go into a profit sharing fund that will be shared equally will all the participating members. There are around 30 members participating (mostly women).
You can read more about the workings of the Community MushroomCultivation Project and follow the discussions and planning. We will also be posting updates here. There is also more information and photos on their project page with a photo of an actual garden. Check it out, you might find it really interesting.
And while you are there, why not take a few minutes and make a small donation. It only costs $1.50 to start a garden. We are helping them to raise enough for 400 gardens. That's less than the cost of a cup of coffee but the impact it can have on this community is huge.
As part of our efforts to transform the community through life skill trainings, Life in Africa Kireka thought that we should not leave behind the teenage mothers of Acholi quarter. There are more than 3,000 displaced families in Acholi quarter, and the numbers of teenage mothers contribute to this. The life at this IDP (internally displaced persons) camp is very miserable and young girls have faced some serious conditions in this place. Due to lack of school fees, some drop out of school at the levels of primary seven to even senior four due to such problems and end up idling at home. Some end up joining their parents cracking stones in the quarry or making paper bead products to make ends meet.
At the end of the day, they are approached by men at the quarters who lure them with their money they get either from gambling or from the quarry works and make them pregnant at early ages! Having conceived at this age, they are either rejected by these men, or get married to them under new hard conditions. So the life cycle of poverty and suffering just continue like that. As concerned community, we have thought of how we can break this cycle, and that is giving them life skill training that would help divert their minds from these distractions.
The only life skills training we can give them at the moment are computer basics and tailoring. These are some of the skills these teenage mothers can acquire in a short period of time, and begin their own businesses such as a secretarial bureau, or perhaps they could acquire and open up a boutique. At the end of their training, we shall see how to help some of them to acquire the equipment to start their own businesses through small loans. Also, some may get the chance to be employed by sole proprietors who would need people with such skills. Whatever the case, these teenage mothers have to go beyond stone quarry or paper beads.
So far we have registered ten (10) teenage mothers who are undergoing the training, working on the computer together with the young boys who began a little bit earlier. Tailoring will kick off as soon as we get someone who can help volunteer in that area. And we have a very big number to register in tailoring because even those who do not know how to write and read completely can grasp these skills.