Weʼre raising £800 to Help support and empower young people in Uganda through organic agriculture and craft making activities.
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80% of the population of Uganda is below 25 years of age. Young people in this rapidly expanding population face many different issues such as; lack of employment, lack of quality education, lack of sexual health education and lack of finances. All of these factors can have a really debilitating effect on social mobility.
Having volunteered and lived in a rural community in Mayuge District, Uganda we have seen first hand the effects that these issues have on young people and just how difficult it can be for them to develop the skills that allow them to prosper.
Despite these difficulties we have also seen and experienced a community and work ethic that is truly incredible and we have met people who are really trying to help improve the lives of other young people in Uganda through inspiring initiatives. The amazing people running these initiatives do so for free alongside their studies and jobs, working tirelessly just to help others in their communities.
Two such organisations and initiatives were TALA (Touch A Life Anywhere) and FAME (Fame is friends for life, agribusiness management and entrepreneurship). TALA was set up by a group of young people in 2017, during their final year of secondary school, the organisation aims to increase self confidence and empower fellow young people to engage in civic actions throughout Uganda. They do this through events, arts and workshops both in and out of school and encourage and assist young people to continue education and gain valuable skills. One of the founders of TALA Patrick Karekezi was a fellow volunteer with us during our time in Uganda and works tirelessly to improve young peoples prospects.
FAME started as 'Friends for life', a school agribusiness outreach project. They have now become an organic business and education centre in Mayuge that aim to lift their local community. By helping educate members of the community on organic crop growing and income generating activities such as making bags and necklaces out of paper beads and making baskets out of papyrus. Since we first connected with FAME in March 2018 they have taught many young people in their community how to make these items, completely for free and one such group of teenage mothers have now sold over 30 baskets and counting.
We hope that by supporting FAME and TALA we can help them to continue the incredible work they already do. All money raised will go directly to the organisations and help make real change at a grass roots level in Mayuge District and the surrounding areas. The money will go towards training further volunteers, resources for basket and bead making among other things.
Any donations big or small really will make a difference to peoples live and enable these organisations to reach even more young people.
A donation of £10 pays for the basic resources for 5 people to make 10 baskets and 25 bead necklaces, which they can sell.
Thank you so much,
Joe Dingle & Jacob Rowe
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