#MatchitMay update: Jordan's post

#MatchitMay update: Jordan's post

My name is Jordan and I'm a volunteer for Hope for Life Katanga. for #MatchitMay this year I've decided to match the snacks I buy outside of meal times. 

I decided to do this for two reasons. Firstly, I love snacks. Chocolate, sweets, crisps, pastries; you name it! I think I waste a considerable amount of money per month on snacks and so I thought it was the perfect choice for #MatchitMay.

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#KSAC: Jocelyn's Training

#KSAC: Jocelyn's Training

The rain had eased off, just enough for me to hop and skip through the muddy, maze-like lanes of Katanga. I quickly got under the outdoor shelter, took off my shoes and walked into an active tailoring class. "Mwasuze Motya" ("Good morning everyone"), I said as I looked around trying to find a place to sit.

I often come here to the Livelihoods building, just to sit, watch and think about how far these women have come in the past year of training; their confidence with the machine, the fluidity they possess and the quality of workmanship that comes out at the end.

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Favourite moments

Favourite moments

I recently visited all the parents in Uganda that have received loans from us. It was amazing to see how the individuals had used their loan, whether it be starting a new business, or expanding their existing business.

Jocelyn was already selling fruit and veg outside her home and decided that she would increase her income by using the loan she was given to cook and sell somosas and cassava at breakfast and lunchtime.

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Michael's story

Michael's story

Michael started his life in Katanga, one of seven children being raised in a small home by his mother and father. During the rains, it would flood and mamma Michael would worry that her children would drown or catch a deadly disease due to the stagnant water near their home. 

Michael's mother can now look back on these days with a smile. Michael's parents bought land in 2007 and spent the next 8 years saving up until the could build a house on it. Now life for Michael and his family is quite different.

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Dresses made in our tailoring classes

We have been running various trainings in our Livelihoods program but tailoring is the one that requires the most concentration, skill and persistence. 

These women have been working so hard throughout the year and really enjoy the fact that they have been able to use the skills they have acquired to make their own clothes.

Francis and our tailor, Sharon, are so proud of what the women in these classes have been able to achieve. 

Event: Joyful Spirit Gospel Choir

Event

Join us for an evening listening to Joyful Spirit Gospel Choir, performing uplifting music with a relaxed and fun attitude. (Click the play button to to get a taste of their sound...)

Friday 19th June, 7:30pm. 

Tickets £8, to include a glass of wine and bread & cheese. For details on tickets please contact us using the form below the map or ring Sally Walters on 07973 844292.

Venue 

 

Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea, BS48 4NG.

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#MatchitMay starts today!

Today is the start of a month where UK residents will be voting for their next Prime Minister, One Direction will be getting ready for their European tour and Will and Kate will be hoping that their newborn child (Girl, Charlotte, 7lb 6oz) will arrive at some point in May, earlier the better.

May is also the month where many will be Matching money spent & donating it to the families we support in Uganda.

Last years raised money was used to provide 60 individuals in Uganda with training and loans to help develop their businesses, all taking the next steps towards living a self-sufficient life. 

Why don't you join us? Watch the video below, choose an item to Match and perhaps even get your kids and friends involved.