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Sep 19, 2017

Chance for Volunteers to meet Teen Mums

Cooking the meal together
Cooking the meal together

Chance for Volunteers to meet the Teen Mums and learn to cook and craft Ugandan style!

We are excited and inspired by how our Nafasi Community Support Programme is developing and in this report we want to highlight how some of our donors are getting involved in volunteering on the ground in our community work.

The generosity of our donors gives us the resources to expand the work that we do with teenage mums in their own communities. Our aim is to provide each young woman with support and training to help them take control of their lives, find employment or generate their own income, so that they can build a better future and a new chance for themselves and their young children.

Getting our volunteers involved is a win win situation! Not only do the teenage mums learn new skills and gain experience, the volunteers themselves learn new skills from the teenage mums and get the opportunity to appreciate how these young women are facing the challenges of caring and providing for their young children in very difficult circumstances.

Our programme recently hosted two interactive days between a group of volunteers, from the Netherlands, and a group of teenage mums in Nakulabye which is one of the porest area of Kampala. The first day involved an interactive cooking workshop in which the young women showed the volunteers how to prepare and then cook local dishes using the ingredients, cooking equipment and cooking methods they use themselves.  A delicious and sociable meal followed!

On the second day, after attending a local church service, there was a crafting session at which the two groups showed  each other their respective handicraft skills. They then discussed the ways in which the crafted items could be presented for sale in income generating projects.

The volunteers were then invited to visit some of the teenage mums in their own homes, so they had the chance to see first hand how these resourceful young women are tackling the challenges they face and to appreciate how our programme is giving them a new chance in their own life and for their young children.

Now that the Nafasi Welfare Centre is getting more settled into its new home in Namugongo we are looking forward to building new relationships with more local communities, so that both the welfare centre and the community support programme can continue to develop.

Our next really big opportunity to network with community organisations will be at the official opening ceremony, which is now just around the corner, on Saturday 21 October 2017. As we celebrate the formal opening of the Nafasi Welfare Centre there will be festivities all day on the Namugongo campus, as the new primary school that has been built by our sister project is sharing the celebrations with its own official opening.

 

Bonus Day chance for Nafasi October 5th.

GlobalGiving's autumn campaign 'Giving Week' is coming very soon, from Mon 2nd to Friday 6th October. There are bonus funds guaranteed to be added to all donations made on Bonus Day, Thursday 5th October from 2pm onwards.

Your support really help us to continue this vital work in Uganda caring for babies in the centre and supporting Teen Mums in the community.

 

For more information look on our website www.nafasiwelfarecentre.org  or follow us on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarecentre/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Dw0Cu9VWS2AbO7OZaEh7A

 

Thanks so much on behalf of all the Nafasi children.

Volunteers and Teen Mums enjoying handicrafts
Volunteers and Teen Mums enjoying handicrafts
The container gets a cheerful make over!
The container gets a cheerful make over!
Bonus Day during Giving week
Bonus Day during Giving week
Jul 31, 2017

Report 10 New chance for teenage mothers

NCSP
NCSP

The NSCP is a programme aimed at empowering young mothers with Life skills and knowledge to better their lives and those of their children. It is aimed at creating safe community spaces where girls are respected and can develop skills, friendships and support networks. In this programme the mothers are engaged with peers in weekly mentor led sessions about health and livelihoods.

The mothers are guided by  Three Rs;  Doing Right things, In Right Places, At the Right Time   

The Life Skills Programme is a modular programme with 4 modules;

1)  Be Yourself  2) Be Healthy  3) Be Empowered  4) Be Money Saving

In the different modules a wide range of issues are addressed among which include; understanding gender, leadership and future goals, sexual and reproductive health and rights, community resources and making spending decisions.

Jackie and Jane

Here you can see Jackie, manager of the Nafasi Community Support Programme (NSCP), with one of the teenage mothers that the programme supports. I have called her Jane and her baby Anne for their privacy. Jane is 17 and Anne is 2 years old. Jackie regularly visits them at their house. It is a shack in one of the poorest slum areas of Kampala. There is no water nor electricity. Abandoned by her mother at just 15 years old Jane was befriended by a Boda Boda* driver and a pregnancy soon followed.  Anne is so small that she fits into clothes for a 6 month old. She is often sick but Jane cannot afford medicines and treatment for her. That's when NCSP helps out. 

Jane's house

Jane has to pay 50,000 shillings per month for their house, this is virtually impossible for her. The chance that they will have to live on the streets is becoming increasing likely. Due to the famine and refugee problem in Uganda food prices have risen by more than 30% in the last 3 months, it is becoming very difficult for her and her daughter to have sufficient meals every day. Jane can go for days without food, giving every scrap she gets to her weakening daughter. Their only lifeline is this Nafasi led programme, NSCP. Jane has always fought to care for Anne herself but a few weeks ago Jackie urged her to let Anne be looked after at Nafasi Welfare Centre where she can become strong and healthy again and Jane can also regain her strength and earn some more cash to support them.

*Boda boda is bicycle or motorcycle taxi.

Here is a short animation of the visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KukUpUQbFB4

Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting

International Youth Day 2017 Saturday, August 12th

 Youth Week

GlobalGiving is holding an International Youth Week Campaign to highlight this special day. This campaign specifically supports projects working with the youth.The campaign runs from 9:00am EDT on Monday, August 7th until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, August 12th. That is 2pm Saturday 7th August  until 5am Sunday 13th August in the Uk.

GlobalGiving published the following: "Today, youth make up 16% of the world's population, the largest ever in history. Children around the world experience extreme poverty, child marriage and prostitution, internal displacement, increased risk of HIV/AIDS, and so many other challenges. Nevertheless, young people everywhere continue to act as community leaders and peacemakers. Every day our children give us hope for a better future and a reason to fight for it.

Nafasi means chance, through our NCSP we are doing our upmost to support and motivate young girls to be better equipped to face problems and help them to make sustainable changes to their lifestyle thus improving not only their own quality of life but that of others by being an example in their community group. Giving them all a better chance for their futures albeit in very difficult circumstances.

Florence is just such an example. Herself a single mother at 17, she went back to college and got a degree. She is now working as a social worker at the Centre helping Jackie with fieldwork investigations and with the community support programme, thus setting an example to other teenage mothers.

 Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre

Please look on our facebook page for more details.https://www.facebook.com/nafasiwelfarecentre

For more information about Nafasi Welfare Centre and Nafasi Community Support Programme look on the Global Giving Project Page www.globalgiving.org/projects/20522

If you have any quetions please do not hestitate to email us  info@nafasiwelfarecentre.org

Thank you for taking time read this report and thanks you again for your support.

Only with your help and donations can we continue to care for babies at Nafasi Welfare Centre and continue to run the teen mother programme

 

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

"It always seems impossible until it's done. "

Jackie and Jane
Jackie and Jane
Jane's house
Jane's house
Jane and Anne
Jane and Anne
Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting
Jane walking to a NCSPmeeting
Jackie at the meeting
Jackie at the meeting
Teen mothers taking part in the programme.
Teen mothers taking part in the programme.
Youth Week
Youth Week
Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre
Florence at Nafasi Welfare Centre
May 15, 2017

'Marjan's Chance to Help Nafasi Make a Difference!

Marjan taking a child for a walk
Marjan taking a child for a walk

Nafasi means chance. We believe in making a difference in the lives of abandoned babies and vulnerable young children.

Chance of a new centre:

Thanks to the generous help of all our donors we have realised our dream to provide Nafasi with a brand new and purpose built home where the abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable babies and children that Nafasi cares for can be looked after and given their new chance in life.

After two and a half years of hard work, supported and encouraged by our supporters, the Nafasi Welfare Centre has been operational since last October and we are delighted to announce that plans are in place to have an official opening on 21 October 2017.  We hope that many of our volunteers from near and far will join our day of celebrations and have the chance to see our amazing facilities and the work we do.

The centre is now so much more than a home, it is a hub of activity, a place of love and laughter, tears and fun, playing and learning. Our Nafasi Community Support Programme now spearheads its work in the community from the centre, and as a result we can provide more activities that are tailored to help teenage mums learn parenting and related skills.

Our new centre has quickly become a place where people from differing generations, walks of life and experience can come together for the common good and Marjan’s story of her chance to help Nafasi is just one inspirational example!

 Marjan's chance to make a difference:

Marjan is one of our volunteers from The Netherlands whose childhood dream was to go and lend a helping hand in Africa. After her own children had grown and flown the nest she decided it was time, but hampered by chronic back pain she never took the plunge, until she heard about Nafasi! She was inspired and determined to help to give our babies their new chance and that is exactly what she has done.

For the six weeks of her visit to the new centre she threw herself into everything she could, from cuddling and playing, feeding and bathing to cleaning, and supporting other volunteers and staff. By sharing her knowledge and experience of bringing up her own four children she has been an enormous help and Nafasi is very grateful to her and conscious of the many sacrifices she made to make the trip.

Marjan’s absolute priority was to give individual attention to our youngsters and find ways to enrich their experiences. Now that Nafasi is located on the campus of Children’s Welfare Mission she took the opportunity to take our older children for a walk to the primary school’s playground. There they had the chance to meet others and play, and they each got a taste of  life beyond the Nafasi compound.

Marjan was also involved with fundraising before she left and now she knew how she wanted the money to be spent- play equipment for our new playground area! A shopping trip with project staff followed and they returned with a seesaw, slide, swing and not forgetting a paddling pool! Squeals of laughter filled the air as the children explored the equipment and enjoyed pushing, swinging and splashing about.

Marjan believed she could make a difference, that is what she has done and continues to do. She is now helping with our fundraising for a permanent outdoor canopy for the play area and we are excited to announce that we have just received approval for our first Global Giving Microproject! It is called ‘Permanent Garden Canopy for Shade and Shelter’ with project ID 27775.This project lasts for 3 months and earmarks all gifts fort he canopy. You can click the link here for more details.  https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/permanent-garden-canopy-for-shade-and-shelter/

Every donation however small will help towards our children and staff being able to enjoy outdoor activities sheltered from the Ugandan sun and the rain!

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Since the beginning of April two children have been resettled with their biological families and four babies have been admitted. Read more in our next report coming in August!

Thanks again for supporting Nafasi Welfare Centre. Your help can really make a difference to the lives of vulnerable babies and young children, giving them a new chance in life.

 

Learning to play on the new equipment
Learning to play on the new equipment
Having fun in the Paddling pool!
Having fun in the Paddling pool!
Example of Garden Canopy
Example of Garden Canopy
Nafasi = new chances!
Nafasi = new chances!
 
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