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Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.

by Outreach Uganda
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Good Bye Slums. Help 40 Uganda Women Build Homes.
Jinja  artisan, Adiyo, in her neighborhood
Jinja artisan, Adiyo, in her neighborhood

Our Uganda women artisans were busy this past holiday season making their beaded jewelry and other fair trade crafts for sale as holiday gifts at events here in the U.S. as well as online. They save some of these earnings to put towards the homes they hope to build.

In December, we completed work on a short 2 minute video that we hope you'll take time to view. You can see where the women live now in the slums, and learn more about their small businesses and how they create their craft items.

Near the end of the video you'll hear the Home Building Project mentioned. We hope you'll understand more how exciting and good this will be for the women and their families.

We are still working on common area improvements to the 6 1/2 acres of land for the home building project. If enough funding can be raised, we hope to begin home building later this year!

Here's the video link:     https://youtu.be/ow-5W5mCxM4

We thank you so much for your support through this project. We hope you'll share this email with your family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to donate and help the women move out of the slums.

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Santa, Jinja Women's Group Member
Santa, Jinja Women's Group Member

We continue to complete common area improvements on our 6 1/2 acres of land, and file the paperwork for our home development project, Our goal is to begin home building during 2020. The governement road work that was going on adjacent to our land seems to be finished! That means we can hopefully finalize the necessary common area improvements in the next few months.

We’d like you to meet, Santa, one of our Ugandan women artisans. We hope that Santa and other women artisans like her, will eventually be able to have a home as part of our home building project. Santa hand rolls the recycled paper beads that you see in our online shop on our web site. She has been a member of our Ugandan women’s beader group for quite a few years. She is a good beader and also sews cloth items on her manual sewing machine.

Outreach Uganda's sales of jewelry and craft products from our online store, and through holiday events and crafts fairs.helps Santa feed her family and  buy medicines too. She also can send her children to school. Besides that, it enabled her to start her own personal business. Lastly, she is using some of her craft earnings to save money for a down payment on a home as part of our home building program.

Santa’s household consists of herself, four children and three other dependents. She is 50 years old. Santa fled to Jinja in 1988 from northern Uganda because of the war that was going on there. Besides beading, she earns additional income from her small shop near the port area of Jinja. 

We appreciate your continued support and your patience as we continue to make progress on this project which will have a major impact in the lives of those women who will eventually be able to move out of the dangerous slums of Jinja.

Thank you!

Santa Outside Her Shop in Jinja Uganda
Santa Outside Her Shop in Jinja Uganda

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Inspecting the new graded road - at top left.
Inspecting the new graded road - at top left.

We continue to slowly make progress on the necessary improvements to the Jinja land. We are taking the time now to make sure that the needed infrastructure items are in place. This will help things go more smoothly when actual home construction begins. We are still hoping that we will be able to begin home construction later this year.

During April and May workers constructed a dirt access road to the property from the side of the property. This will provide better access than the existing road which is at the bottom of the property and requires a longer walk on foot to reach the property compared to the new road. A lorry truck needs to bring some truckloads of dirt to improve the road dug by the grader. However, this cannot be done until the Uganda Road Authority completes its widening of the main road nearby. This is espected to be done within the next month. In additon, we made progress on securing electircity to the property and should have more news on that in our next report.

We arrived in Uganda in early July and will be meeting with the architect as well as potential builders during that time. We've included two photos of our visit to the property today to see the new graded road access near the top of the hill on the left. Anna, Catherine and Pauline from the women's group were happy for our volunteer, Kirsten, to accompany us. 

 Later in the afternoon, we visited several of the ladies' existing homes in the slums. Kirsten was quite dismayed to see their living conditions. One woman, Grace, was living in one rented 10 x 10 foot room with her husband and six children.

Please share this email with any friends and family who could get excited about helping with our project to help these women move out of the slums forever!

Back from showing Kirsten the road at the top
Back from showing Kirsten the road at the top
Kirsten wearing her gift from the Jinja women
Kirsten wearing her gift from the Jinja women

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Frede and Her Son Vincent
Frede and Her Son Vincent

Frede is a long-time member of our women's group who make beaded craft products that we market in the United States. Over ten years ago, she chose her son Vincent, to be part of our child sponsorship program. Recently, Vincent graduated from the university with a degree in Human Resources. 

In spite of this achievement of having a university graduate in her family, Frede and the family are still stuck in the slums of Jinja. Land is so expensive and so scarce within the Jinja urban area, that there is no way Frede can escape from the slums without someone to help her. 

She has been saving some of her bead earnings as well as other earnings from her business since late 2012 so that she can use the money as a down payment on a home as part of our women's home ownership program.

Your support and generosity continues to help women like Freda be able to achieve their dream of having their own special home and moving out of the slums forever. We hope to start building the first phase of homes later this year. In the meantime, we continue to work diligently on road access to the property as well as seeking the best source of power for the homes to be built.

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Would you like to buy ornaments from Margaret?
Would you like to buy ornaments from Margaret?

During this past rainy season which should be ending soon, our Jinja women have been busy making ornaments. Outreach Uganda sells these ornaments in the U.S. to help earn monies for the home building program. 

As is the case with most of our programs, we do not believe in handouts but want to partner with those where we work. For our home building program, this means not all monies will come from donations. The women themselves have been saving since 2012 and have been making beautiful holiday ornaments since 2013 to help provide funds for home building.

We admire their dedication and their persistence at continuing to work towards their long-term goal to have their own home and be able to move out of the slums.  While we continue to raise money through this project on Globalgiving and through other outside donations, the women continue their efforts too!

Thanks for your continued donations, patience and dedication towards our home building project to help women have homes! The attached photo shows Margaret, our office attendant, with one of the ornaments she has made.  If you know anyone who would like to buy ornaments this holiday season, please contact us. 

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Location: Highlands Ranch, CO - USA
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Project Leader:
Michele Becci
Women's Development Initiatives
Highlands Ranch, CO United States
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