Our Ugandan Director Francis, sent through this picture this morning, showing the flooding that often occurs in Katanga.
These two girls are now attending a vocational school in Kampala thanks to a couple of recent sponsors.
For one reason or another, both these girls have not been able to get the education that many of their peers have received. They have fallen behind but desperately want to receive an education to better their chances of earning a living, providing a sustainable income for themselves and their families.
Because of their age (15 & 18), they have opted to go to a vocational school, rather than sitting classes with pupils much younger than themselves. They both have chosen hairdressing as the skill they will focus on during the two years their course last for, after that they will be prepared to either start up a small business of their own or join a number of businesses around Kampala.
We are so thankful for your support and can't wait to see how these girls develop now that they are back in education.
In November 2014, we had a group meeting with the parents (like we often do) and discussed how things were going and if they wanted to see anything new happen within the projects that we run.
The overwhelming reply was that they want to be trained in hairdressing.
Hairdressing is a valuable skill that you can take anywhere in Uganda with minimal resources. Many Ugandan women wear synthetic hair pieces, which get changed perhaps every 6 weeks. I hardly recognise my Ugandan friends from one day to the next because they can often change their hairstyles dramatically, 3 times within a week.
As this was a skill that many wanted to learn, we listened and started training in hairdressing in February 2015.
It was January 2013 when we found friends who were able to sponsor the first 3 Hope for Life children into school.
We got so excited the day we received photos of those first children in their school uniforms.
Over the past 2 years we have had 25 people sign up and say they would like to sponsor children. 5 of those being new sponsors for this new school year starting 2nd Feb.
Here are just a few of those children who we have been able to send to school because of the amazing support we have been getting.
The children in the picture above range from ages 7-14. They have grown so much in these past 3 years, from when Megan and I first went out to Uganda and met them.
All except one of the children below have joined our program since we were first out in Uganda. We love their cheeky faces, their willingness to learn and their dirty knees.
We are educating 32 more children in our catch up classes and Creative Learning Centre, 18 of those are now ready to be sponsored into school.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child we would love to hear from you. You can either fill out the form below, letting us know you are interested in sponsoring a child or you can find out more information about sponsorship from our Sponsor a Child webpage.
Both elbows on one of my favourite jackets has worn out. I have had this jacket for many years now, so it is no surprise it is wearing thin. I would like it to last a few more years though.
I took it into our Livelihoods building one day to see if any of the women we work with wanted to fix me some elbow pads. They were all scared to work on my jacket but this lady was up for the challenge, putting her newly acquired skills to her first paid, tailoring job.
I am so amazed to sit in class with these women, seeing their determination to succeed in a new skill.
"People are not poor because they lack potential but because they lack the opportunity to use that potential." ~ Carly Fiorina
Our work can simply be defined as giving people these opportunities.