In Conversation - Grace

In Conversation - Grace

In October 2016, Chris (UK Director) and Mark (Co-Founder) went to visit Francis (Uganda Director) & Joshua (Co-Founder) in Uganda and had many conversations, looking at ways to improve and refine the HFLKatanga programs. The conversations they were having together, and with friends, were so interesting, they started to record them.

Instead of posting the entire transcript, or dodgy audio recording, we have broken the conversation up. Below is Grace's contribution to one of those conversations. This conversation began as the team wanted to learn from the experience that others had of being a sponsored child.  

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The Government's Role in Private Education in Uganda

The Government's Role in Private Education in Uganda

It’s time for the government to regulate private schools and institutions of learning

A lot has been said on this subject over the years by many parents and guardians but the efforts to address the frustration and the challenges encountered have not been forthcoming from the concerned party, which in this case is the government. In the past the government of Uganda had restricted private players into management, ownership and startup of primary and secondary schools. However, in the 1980s due to overwhelming demand for inclusive education that can be accessed by children in rural and urban areas, the government adopted new polices of privatisation, liberalisation and regulation to enhance improvements and expansion of the education sector.

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Parents Meeting

Parents Meeting

We today had a meeting with all the parents and staff in the newly renovated Livelihoods room that we will use as our Salon. This is something we do regularly throughout the year as we are a Community Based Organisation (CBO), which means our beneficiaries are members of the charity in Uganda. Coincidentally, the Council representative in charge of re-registering our CBO licence (who we had been expecting for the past three months) turned up during the meeting. 

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Furbishing the Salon

Furbishing the Salon

We are excited to be installing our latest purchases for the Salon in the Livelihoods centre. We are excited for being able to better equip more women towards living a self sufficient life. Massive thanks to all those who donated towards seeing the salon and equipment, including all those who contributed through coming to our 5th Birthday in 2016. 

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Tailoring Graduates Meeting

Today Francis (Uganda Director), Maureen (Livelihoods Officer) and Daisy (Education Officer) have been meeting with the graduating tailoring class to continue working through the transition from vocational training to entrepreneurs. Hope for Life Katanga is a CBO (Community Based Organisation) in Uganda, which means our beneficiaries are also members of the organisation. Their input both positive and negative is valued greatly in how we construct our programs going forward.     

The Complexity of Livelihoods

The Complexity of Livelihoods

At the start of this school year in Kampala, Hope for Life was able to provide formal schooling for 42 children and young adults from Katanga. This was the most we have ever sent and this is amazing! It is also, currently, almost completely useless. That’s right, I said, and meant, useless. I chose that word carefully though because I certainly do not mean to say pointless.

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Today's Catch-up Class Pictures

The junior class today matching up written numbers with the appropriate figures. More pictures here... 

Today's Tailoring Pictures

Today's trainee tailors working hard in the Hope for Life vocational training centre.  

Start the new year right

Start the new year right

I'm sorry to say... the Christmas holidays are now officially over - Welcome to 2017. 

I assume that if you're like me you spent New Years Day bank holiday finding some fresh air to go for that last holiday winter walk, before putting the kettle on and sitting down to join 8.1 million viewers in watching the new series of Sherlock; all the while attempting to block out the thought of your alarm going off at a inhuman time in the morning. 

All those that we work with in Uganda will be returning back to Katanga during this month, after being with their wider families in 'the village' for the Christmas holidays. 

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Kick-start a Career

Kick-start a Career

Over the past five years, I've had the opportunity to chat with many individuals in Uganda about their hopes and dreams; their desires to see their children receiving an education or getting a good job when they are older, listening to stories about death and illness all because of relatively inexpensive medication and treatment, and even parents sharing with me their desire to gain a new skill, or simply having the opportunity to boost their income. 

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We are now 5 years old!

We are now 5 years old!

We celebrated five years of Hope for Life Katanga working in Uganda, with a fundraiser in Bristol and over 160 people in attendance. We are pleased to announce that £4,350 was raised on the night (not including Gift Aid and those who on the night have committed to giving monthly). In 2011, Megan and Mark teamed up with Francis, Moses and Joshua, to enable families in Uganda to realise their potential towards living a self-sufficient life. Five years later and we are working directly with close to 100 individuals in our Education and Livelihoods programs, as well as their families.  

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A Fire in Katanga: The Final Update

A Fire in Katanga: The Final Update

On September the 21st, there was a fire at the home of one of the families we work with in Katanga.

Luckily no one was hurt but the family of seven lost everything, including their source of income. You generously donated and we were able to send the money to our Uganda Director. He withdrew it and helped the mother buy and transport the basic items needed for her family. Mamma Phildausi was also able to buy the things necessary to start working again, selling samosas, cakes, fruits and vegetables from outside the burnt out home.

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All Change...

All Change...

At the end of 2015, our founders, Mark and Megan Walters, left the UK to go travelling in India. Whilst planning how Hope for Life could run without them, I agreed to take the UK Director role from Mark. It was a job I was excited to do but I was also nervous about the responsibility required. 7 people in Uganda rely on Hope for Life for their jobs and 57 children rely on us for their education. There are also over 20 adults enrolled in our livelihoods training classes. 

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