Spotlight On the Namuwongo Co-op

This is Mary, the anchor of our Namuwongo co-op. Namuwongo the area of Kampala that is home to the largest slum in the country. Many of the people here moved as refugees from the conflict with the LRA and Joseph Kony in the north many years ago. They stay for many reasons: they no longer have land in their home villages; the educational opportunities are greater for their children in Kampala; they don't have the money to relocate. Mary has lived an...

Setting Up Co-Ops In a Foreign Country

Meet Robina. She is our lead seamstress in the Mawanga co-op. Do you see her machine? Did you notice that it is HAND powered?! Well, it's not anymore. After our training session in Mawanga, we went back to Kampala and immediately ordered four tables to be made to convert these ancient, heavy hand powered sewing machines to treadles. Foot power... It's what's making your pajamas! Mawanga - the whole village - doesn't have power. The lines stop seven ...

Exposure and Fundraising for the Namuwongo Crisis

We've had some great things happen today, and I thank you all for your attention and prayers. Today, I did a radio interview at 7:25, a tv interview with Time Warner Cable News (News 14 Carolina) in the drizzle, and a tv interview with WITN, New Bern. I've booked two other interviews for next week. A colleague of my husband's sent out our press release to 20,000 (yes, those zeros are correct!) news outlets. And we've had 531 hits on the blog so far...

UPDATE On the Crisis in Namuwongo

This is Jennifer. We gave her a grant to start a micro-business, and she was able to buy some land and this house. It was right on the railway - it's gone. I am going to copy and paste the emails I've had from Uganda, because their words are better than mine. Here is my initial email from Emily, director at Ray of Hope, yesterday morning: Sunday night saw houses 30 m on either side of the railway line demolished by graders that invaded slum dwe...

2013 is shaping up to be big!

Time is really flying! How is it May already?? And I haven't posted here in two weeks... Sorry about that! (You can go to the Facebook page and Like it so that you get more frequent updates.) So here's what's going on: I found out today that I actually DO have an attorney working on the nonprofit in the Bahamas, I just didn't know it! Yes, "island time" has a lot in common with "beach time." It turns out, they've been calling the relavent government mi...

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Hot, Rain, Hot

(NOTE: the photos quit uploading, so I'll add those when I can!) WEDNESDAY: We went down into the community, visiting new families. This took me back to our first visits down in the slums, before we began doing the micro-business grants. The families we visited on Wednesday were in dire straights, their needs really overwhelming. I didn't realize quite how much better off our ladies were now than when we met them until Wednesday. Some of what we encounte...