As GlobalGiving employees, my colleague Katherine and I get to talk to a lot of organizations doing great work every day. Every once and a while we’re lucky enough to get a chance to see some of the work that those groups are doing in their communities. Today was one of those lucky days!
We arrived in Kampala yesterday, jetlagged but excited about our upcoming visits with GlobalGiving partners in Uganda. This morning we work up, refreshed after a good night’s sleep, and maneuvered through the city traffic. After 45 minutes we arrived in Kulekaana, which means ‘the shouting place,’ the slum where Mama Africa works. We were greeted enthusiastically by Winnie, the organization’s founder. She was dressed in a beautiful green traditional dress with “Mama Africa” stitched proudly across the front.
Winnie gave us a tour of the Mama Africa facilities. There are several rooms, each which serve a variety of purposes. We saw the main office, which also serves as the store room for the children’s food; the girls’ room, where younger children sleep two to a bed until more space can be purchased; and the tailoring room, which doubles as the boys’ bedroom at night. Throughout our mini-tour, Winnie’s passion and drive to help the children Mama Africa supports was clear.
Winnie shared her story with us: she grew up in the slum where she now works, part of a large family with an illiterate mother and an absent father. She was always driven to complete her education, but when her family couldn’t afford school fees she was forced to drop out. A pastor eventually helped her pay for her education, and she was able to return to school. Even while taking classes, she worked to earn money so that her siblings and other poorer children in the slum could afford to go to school. “When I got a job that earned $25 a month, I thought ‘WOW!’” Winnie said. “You can imagine the meal we had that day. It was big!”
She started informally sponsoring children in 1997, and formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2008. She now supports 63 youth with scholarships, food, medical care, and mental support. Older children receive vocational training, and we met several of the youth who have completed their education and are now employed. She runs an efficient program – spending only about $1,200 a month for all of Mama Africa’s programs. When she doesn’t receive enough through GlobalGiving and other donors, she covers the costs herself. Her next dream for Mama Africa is to buy a building, where the children have enough room to live under one roof and they can build a small school.
Winnie has made her dreams come true through education, passion, and hard work. I’m proud to be a part of a GlobalGiving network that includes donors like you who are helping to make others’ dreams come true too.
Dear Gobal Giving donnors ,Friends and Family of Mama Africa.
Here we are, on the cusp of a New Year! What an exciting time this is: a time of gratitude, warmth, reflection, and hope. Personally speaking, I am so grateful to be here, after several months of bumps on the home front. How are you feeling now, at year's end I pray that you be filled with excitement for your life, anticipation for your future, and appreciation for all your blessings.
Make 2013 a year of hope for families around the world.
These small moments carry the promise of something much bigger: HOPE. And the support of people like you, people who believe that we can make a difference in the world, is what makes these moments possible.
Friend, will you help bring even more hope to families around the world next year? Make your tax-deductible gift.
As we look forward to a new year, I’m more energized than ever about the good we can do, and the impact we can make for people in need. That’s why we’ve set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000, to construct a training centre ,permanent orpharnage Home,Medical centre and a primary school to deliver more safe home,sustainable access to education, more emergency food, and more lifesaving medical care to families around the community next year.
I know we can do it — I’ve seen firsthand what we can accomplish together. Thanks to supporters like you, this year alone:
With your help, we can accomplish even more next year. Make your tax-deductible gift today, and deliver food, water and other help to children and families in the world’s most desperate places.
Friend, thank you for everything you’ve done this year. Together, we can make next year a year of peace, hope and joy for families in need around the world.Mama Africa will continue to use your donation to save and improve lives in the slums & rural toughest places. The gifts you give are examples of what we do. To help deliver the most effective solutions to the greatest number of children,women,, your donation will be combined with other funds and used as it is most needed. The gift descriptions on this website reflect the kinds of support Mama africa provides to the children,people & community we serve.
With our warmest smiles, we send you and your dear ones Peace and Love in this Holiday Season!
Mama Africa Helps Kids like Sanyu Achora Have a Better Tomorrow
Do you remember making forts in your Family living room out of a blanket when you were a kid? An explorer..Who doesn’t recall the carefree joy of believing that you could do or be anything at all?
For many children in Uganda, whole families live and come from very Poor straggling Back grounds -- an existence so terrible that some children bravely leave them in search of a better life. What they find is the street -- a hard reality where thieves, drug addicts, and prostitutes are their mentors. Mama Africa International Organization addresses these challenges and offers, Orphaned, Vulnerable, street children, sexually abused girls the chance to dream of a life where not only basic needs are met - but all things are possible. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have successes to share. But there is much more work to be done and we need your help. Let me tell you about Sanyu. We first met Sanyu on the streets of one of the slums were we Operate and I grew up from. We spent a year seeking her out, talking, praying, building a relationship and finally became friends Knowing her details and Back ground of her Deceased Father who died due to HIV/Aids and her Mother who turned to Be a Drunkard after realizing she is Positive and can’t take care of her children. Sanyu ‘s Uncle could not take Sanyu to School for 2 years and he had financially Failed so he tried to give Mama Africa a try as Sanyu had turned to be a rough child in the Slum community ; leave the streets behind. She eventually did. Her stay in the transitional house was typical. She ran away many times -- she swore, fight, lied, and manipulated -- skills that served her well on the Slum streets at a very low age. She couldn’t imagine a life where she didn’t need to do those things.
But Mama Africa never gave up on her. We sought Sanyu every time she ran; talked to her through every struggle; forgave and allowed her the space to try again. Even her time in school, Sanyu struggled to figure out what comes next. Mama Africa helped her find something that lit her fire; she is doing better in school. She is enjoying it, excelling, and her art and craft Knowledge and the Talents to sing and Love other Children. But there was still something missing.
Sanyu mourned the loss of her family. So we helped her realize that dream too. Mama Africa sponsored visits and phone calls, and Peterson‘s family-support. Our efforts paid off! Sanyu reunited with her mother and brothers. She moved in, contributes emotionally to her household and she beamingly reports her happiness.
Mama Africa always believed in Sanyu and finally she did too.
This is an example of the unique care that Mama Africa provides. Our holistic approach provides a nurturing and spiritual home environment with an emphasis on developing critical self-help and life skills.
This is radical and life changing work. And work that depends on support from people likes you. Will you help Mama Africa’s children with a gift today?
Thank you in advance for your support. Your generosity will allow Straggling Vulnerable, Poor, Sexually abused & street children to break the cycle of cruelty and believe in a hopeful tomorrow. We pray that your journey of faith, forgiveness and reconciliation will be as rewarding as Sanyu’s.
Winnie, Sanyu, Silus & Mother Relatives. Happy to See Sanyu & her Mum
Mama Africa is Changing Lives
My Husband and I take our walk before we started renting up Mama Home (Orphanage)... Passing my local street children’s haunts, it is fairly empty tonight. Out in the corner of my eye, I see a small child crouch in front of the movie theater. I realize its Omar Nsubuga ... only we thought we had already saved him from the streets of Nakivubo Slum and brought him to an orphanage Run by one of my friends In Nansana... Now I find the child glassy eyed, high on paint thinners, but in fact as fragile as... a lost child.
“Hey, Omar... What are you doing here?”
“The streets are better than that crappy orphanage that you sent me to.”
I wonder, what went wrong? Where are all of the clothes that I got for him? Why did he choose to come back to the streets? My heart drops, my pride swells up out of arrogance for failure, but more importantly I am sad. I’ve failed... what was I missing? The answer was right in front of me. I understand in my heart that the typical ways of dealing with Vulnerable and Poor children coming from Very Straggling Back grounds also kids on the streets is simply not working, and was never going to work.
These children are so completely lost and broken, they need to be healed from the inside, they need more than just a roof over their heads -- they needed love, consistency, well-designed and specific wrap-around care.
Winnie Kiwalabye the Founder or Mama Africa wrote these words in 2009 in her Note book when she was just beginning to understand the explicit needs of the children she was already caring for on the streets and Slums of Nakinyuguzi. The children, their frustration and their desperation broke her heart and changed her life. She started a movement which is now Mama Home under Mama Africa Africa International Organization.
Over the next two years many more children echoed the idea, build us a home that will help us heal & stay with you. That’s when we, as a Couple, pulled together and rented these children a home. The results have been overwhelmingly positive. We and a few friends, with God’s immense blessing, have succeeded in meeting the extraordinary needs of Vulnerable, Poor, Sexually abused girls & street children by listening, learning and implementing our beliefs. We have stayed true to our original calling by listening with our hearts, and acting with conscience. Your partnership through that process has been irreplaceable.
1. Vulnerable, poor, Abused Girls & Street Children need us.
2. Mama Africa's holistic care is effective and enduring.
3. Your support is essential -- we could not fulfill our mission without you!
For more than a year, supporters like you have empowered Mama Africa to develop and implement this new model of care, and we know, it works. We rescue, Restore, Care & Empower Vulnerable, poor, abused girls & street children and welcome them into an environment that heals the whole child, customized to their individual needs. Mama Home’s children receive comprehensive care including medical, clinical, educational and recreational activities.
We also do everything we can to demonstrate, in word and action, Jesus’ life-changing love and power to each child. In some cases, we are reconnecting children with their families and facilitating healthy relationships. Today, Mama Africa program goes far beyond what any orphanage can provide.
Your generous donations provide the resources Mama Africa needs to save, support and improve the lives of these Vulnerable poor, abuse and street children; teaching them self-sustaining life skills, and the opportunity to heal. As a Christian organization providing services overseas, Mama Africa Currently depends on the consistent generosity of donors like you. Please consider a gift to Mama Africa Children today.
Date: 5th /07/2012Global GivingDear,Friends,On behalf of Mama Africa International Organization I would like to thank you for your generous gift of $4,470.75. Your commitment to helping Send a child to school in Uganda, in our Slum community is sincerely appreciated.Each year Mama Home continues to advance its mission of "Rescue, Love, & Empower" Through our programs Sponsor a child, Briquettes, Mama Tailoring Project we have seen many lives changed for the better.In particular the Sponsor a child has enjoyed great success in the past Months of June. 41 children went off streets of kampala and they are now at school .The goal of Mama Africa organization is to continue to make a difference by becoming sustainable and Improving the Health of the children http://youtu.be/W-4RgHWS5bA . With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see improvements while Becoming sustainable.Thanks again for your generous support of our efforts to Send a child from a slum to school.May God richly Bless you,Winnie KiwalabyeExecutive Director
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