When the community members launched the saving scheme in 2012, it was such an uneasy thing to do as most poor people like our community members were living from hand to mouth but we do encourage the members to do some little savings from their earnings as the saying goes…….the one cent saved today is better than a million one plans to save tomorrow. This is the second year the LIA members of Acholi quarter have been saving.
Every Monday the minimum a member can save is 5,000/= and the maximum is 20,000/= and 200/= as fine for whoever comes late. The secretary does the recording of all the money collected and gives to the treasure who keeps in safe box. Members are allowed to borrow just 20% of their own saving to avoid difficulty in paying and to uphold the purpose of the scheme. A little interest is charged for late paying and borrowing stops just on the 11th month of the year and the cash box is opened on every 22nd of December.
Last year the least amount one member saved was 235,000/= and the maximum was 940,000/=
At the end of the year, members realized the significance of saving because they received their saving as a surprise. Other were able to buy new cloths for their children, paid first term fees for the children, others renovated their houses and bought households like chair. One of the top savers including the interest earned, walked away with 1,300,000/=. It looks little but to a person living on a half a dollar a day, it means a lot to them.
It has been a good day for us here at life in Africa as our tailors for the first time scooped a deal to make over 600 sleep wears for our partner organization Esther Parties of Australia.
The good thing is one of our members offered to bring her big industrial machine to do the finishing. Five teenage others who got training from Life in Africa are involved in this project plus three senior tailors.
Because of the workload involved in cutting the materials, we realized that we could not manage to cut the materials with the scissors but managed to purchase a simple hand electric machine that has simplified the work of cutting.
We are excited to fill this order and we hope to get even a bigger order if we meet her expectation. The work is expected to be delivered in October 2013.
The challenge we face is making labels that we can put on the collars to show the flammability of the materials as required by Australian law. And also another label bearing the logo of the Esther Parties.
We can make just simple labels using local screen printing but we afraid this kind of printing can easily be washed by water. However we ordered for labels at the only place in Uganda house with unique uniform only to learn that it’s being made in Nairobi Kenya!
We pray thatwe get the labels in time to deliver this.
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 a thousand 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.
At least now we are optismitc that our mushroom project will go on well as it has began to germnate. in many cases it takes time to transform class room threories into praticals.
"Experience is the best teacher" As you may also see that the gardens which are two feet above the ground get more mosture than those may be three to six feet above the ground and so they can germinate faster.
Though all will germinate but not at the same time. next plant we shall make sure all hanged 2 feet above the ground.