We are building our "Kwa Moyo Children s Village and Education Center" in the Mbale Region in Eastern Uganda.
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We are building our „Kwa Moyo Children´s Village and Education Center“ in the Mbale Region in Eastern Uganda.
„Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world“ Nelson Mandela said... we have chosen this citation as our motto. „Kwa Moyo“ is a term in Swahili Language. Swahili is the language which is connecting all East Africa. "Kwa Moyo" means "with heart". Thus it cannot be translated verbally, as the word "Moyo" also stands for "soul/spirit" and for "feeling". We have started our project with all our hearts, souls and feelings. On January 13th 2013 we have founded our German organisation „Kwa Moyo – Hilfe mit -Herz für Kinder in Uganda“ and on April 13th the Ugandan organisation „Kwa Moyo – Empowering children with help from the heart“ was founded. Now we are moving forward by taking one small step after the other. „Kwa Moyo – empowering children with help from the heart“ is taking care of orphans and street children in the Mbale region. Uganda is a republic of children – more than half of the population is younger than 14 years of age. In Uganda there is an incredible number of orphans – more than 2 millions of them are AIDS orphans. Many of those children are living in purely child-conducted households where, for instance, a twelve year old boy is taking care of his siblings as the head of the household. We are building the „Kwa Moyo Children´s Village & Education Center“ which will comprise a nursery, a school, a training center for skilled manual and commercial professions, 6 homes in each of which 16 orphans can live together with a „Mummy“ in a family-like structure and a health post. We were able to purchase a plot of about 25 000 square meters for this purpose. and have meanwhile passed the long procedure of land registration. By now we also have all of the necessary permissions: the consent of the land committe as well as the approvals of the sub- county and the local council. The conclusive meeting regarding the project approval and the surveying took place on our premises on July 11th 2014. Our Ugandan architect has finished working on the construction plans for the „Kwa Moyo Primary School“, for the foster homes and for some annexes. Some preliminary building measures – such as a shelter with the very important cistern and some provisional toilets – are completed.
After the closure of the bidding procedure we will start with the construction of the first section – the school – in September. For financial reasons the school will be built bit by bit . This is a cost-intensive endeavour because the mere fundament will cost about 16 000 Euros. We intent to have the fundament and the first two classrooms completed by January 2015, so that classes can start on commencement of the new school year in February 2015. A single class room will cost about 7 500 Euros. In „Kwa Moyo Children´s Village an Education Center“children will be able to grow up in a loving custodial care and at the same time they will have access to solid education and vocational training. Support for AIDS widows We are supporting a group of young AIDS widows who are providing for a total of 16 children. The children concerned are not only their own children, but a majority of survivors of late relatives. The young widows are producing the paperbead jewellery which has become so typical for Uganda. Each of their artifacts is unique and every single piece of jewellery is an expression of absolute lust for life. Necklaces come in different lengths and in designs of bright colours. Bracelets come in different widths and in wonderfully combined colours. By cooperating with us those 5 young ladies are able to send all of their children to school and still have the means to make a living. Education is connecting continents – our cooperation with schools Cross-cultural communication – especially, but not only – between children and youth is another important facet of our work. Obtaining cross-cultural competence may be a boring term but it actually is a really exciting thing to do. Cross-cultural means an exchange of views amongst different cultures. We want the children and youth, here as well as in Uganda, to develop appreciation for each other´s culture and to comprehend why the other country´s people think or act differently. We particularly want to learn altogether how to deal with the different behaviour and to accept it in showing openness and tolerance. Communicating at eye level can only occur by taking up a stance on mutual appreciation. The following pages will deliver a small insight into the situation on the ground.
Here is where our „Kwa Moyo Children´s Village and Education Center“ will arise. We were able to purchase almost 25 000 square meters of ground
July 11th 2014... Meeting with Local Council and Sub- County Officials and Lands Committee The poles for the fence are set.
Ladies´ Power – the strong team of Kwa Moyo Uganda – the board
below: Haji, the man who sold the land to us, addressing the attendees asking them to support the project
This isis what This what our our Foster Foster Homes Homes will will look look like like The cost of construction will be about 37 000 Euros (130 million Ugs) per home.
This is what the „Kwa Moyo Primary School“ will look like. The mere cost of construction will be about 96 000 Euros – that’s about 330 million Ugs We will build the school bit by bit according to our financial means. By January 2015 two class rooms should be completed so that classes can start on commencement of the new school year in February 2015.
Our support for AIDS widows We are obtaining our beautiful paperbead-jewellery from women´s groups that are coached by NACWOLA. NACWOLA is the National Community of Women Living with AIDS/HIV. We are buying the colourful necklaces and bracelets from different women´s groups. All of them are AIDS widows. At the moment we are mostly buying from the young women in the picture below. Altogether they are 5 young widows providing for 16 children, not only their own kids, but also children of late relatives. Our business relation works like this: we are sending money for the ladies to buy material. Then they produce the jewellery and we buy it from them by paying a much better price than they would achieve at the market. The ladies are very proud about earning enough money to make a living and for paying the school fees. We have been supporting Rachel and Hope for several years now. Rachel is an AIDS widow, being HIV positive herself and heavily suffering from Asthma. Very often she is lacking the strength to manage the daily routine. Nevertheless she is doing her utmost to make enough money for her daughter Hope to attend a Secondary School
Another issue that is very close to our hearts: We are advocating for girls to have the chance to attend school on ALL DAYS of the month On April 18th 2013 we visited „Afripads“ in Kampala. Afripads is having women in rural areas of Uganda produce washable sanitary pads. The sewers are generating an income an Afripads is selling the sets that come in different sizes to ONGs and NGOs which are distributing them to girls. In 2010 I (Mara) visited a market with „my“ girls aged from 15 to 17 years and I gave each of them 20 Euros. Instead of spending the money on some nice clothes or some „luxury items“ girls stocked up on a huge quantity of sanitary pads. Since that day I have been thinking about a solution for this problem. No girl in which ever developing country can afford to buy those sanitary products. They,
therefore, often have to miss classes and not a few of them even have to quit school because they cannot comprehend the lessons due to their times absent. This is why we wish to start an own project for this matter in the foreseeable future. Meaning we want to collect donations specifically for this project. We want to achieve that all of the girls in our project area are supplied with those washable sanitary pads so that they can steadily attend school. Our plan is to hire some women who will visit secondary schools to instruct girls in using those sets and also to spread them there. Each set will last for about one year.
Here is a picture that shows almost the whole team as well as the vendor of the plot and some neighbours After joint debate of the Ugandan team and the German team we will henceforth build and run : 1. A Nursery and a Primary school in the Mbale region 2. About 5 to 6 „small“ homes in each of which about 16 orphans can live together with a „Mummy“ in a family-like structure 3. A training center for skilled manual and commercial professions 4. A farm to safeguard the demand for food of the education center´s children on one hand and on the other hand for training young people as farmers, and last but not least for creating an income by selling the excess goods.
5. Support for some women´s groups – especially for AIDS widows coached by NACWOLA 6. A small health center... this can only be implemented at a much later date Please do support us in funding the construct in costs for the „Kwa Moyo Children´s Village and Education center“. Each donation – no matter how small – will help a lot! The Kwa Moyo teams Uganda and Germany are telling you : Webale nnyo... thank you very much www.kwa-moyo.de
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