For many years Edith’s Home has run its Child Headed Family (CHF) project, enabling social workers and trained staff to support orphans that are responsible for caring for their younger siblings following the death of their parents. It had become clear that, due to the growth of the CHF staff team, it would be necessary to provide a building specifically for CHF activities. However, typical Ugandan building methods can be timely and expensive, so we were open to looking at...
September 21, 2018 | 0 comments
Recently, a group of Edith’s Home sponsored orphans and child-headed family children enjoyed a day out at the Entebbe Zoo. Although a day out at the zoo would be a perfectly normal weekend activity in the UK, for these children is was the furthest they’d ever travelled from their community – for some the 8-hour journey to Entebbe might be the furthest they will ever travel in their lives. It was a fantastic educational opportunity for the children. It was their...
We’ve had lots of events going on over the summer to help raise money for Edith’s Home. Mike Hobbs in Cardiff held a silent auction, where people bid on items ranging from a 'chauffeur and babysitting' service to a B&B night in Pembrokeshire. The event raised a whopping £1000 pounds in total. Chris and Ginny in Dorset hosted a Cream Tea event, which managed to raise a further £340 for Edith’s Home. Various churches have also made one-off donations, or...
One aspect of the Edith's Home project is business development, where start ups are given initial support with the intention that they become profit-making, and from there provide an additional source of income for the charity. UK Committee member Rob Powell has been out to Uganda this year, and has sent this update on the progress of one such start up, the guest house, which has been something of a labour of love for Rob and the team out in Uganda: The guest house is...
Government officials are so pleased with the Vocational Training Centre's progress that they have upgraded the level education the centre can provide. This is testament to the fantastic work of the centre staff. However this means that two of our senior teachers, Robert and Emma, need to gain further qualifications in order to teach at this higher level. This will be a significant undertaking for them personally, as it will mean attending college at weekends as well as...
One of our first sponsored orphans was Florence (pictured). Florence successfully completed her nursing qualifications and had worked at Entebbe hospital for 3 years. However, the qualification levels required by professional nursing staff have recently been increased, and Florence's contract has been terminated until she can upgrade her qualification to a diploma level. The knock on effect of this has been huge, not only on Florence herself but on her 5 young siblings...
October 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A much needed tailoring workshop has recently been completed at the Vocational Training Centre. Previously, the tailoring classroom would have doubled as a woodwork workshop and a classroom. Along with the 20 students and 2 teachers, the noise of the sewing machines could be, let's say, somewhat disruptive to the lessons taking place at the other end of the room! Thanks to the hard work of the Uganda, and the kind donations of supporters back in the UK, the new tailoring...
Recent population growth figures suggest that Uganda is set to be the fastest growing country in the world over the coming years. The country’s current population of 27.7 million is projected to explode to 130 million by 2050 [1]. Unfortunately, this rate of growth is projected to place serious strain on services and the national economy. Uganda has come a long way since Edith's Home was started 12 years ago, but there are further challenges on the horizon that will...
In March Amy McGlashan and her mum, Anne, ran the Inverness half marathon to raise money for Edith's Home. They completed the race in a fantastic time of 2 hours 10 minutes, and raised a whopping £363. Amy recently shared why she was so keen to raise money for Edith's Home: "In August 2014 I got the chance to visit Uganda with the Edith's home summer team. While I was there I saw first hand the amazing work that this small charity do for HIV/AIDS orphans in Kumi...
July 1, 2016 | 0 comments
Earlier this year Edith, the lady who inspired the original work of Edith's Home, passed away. Edith had been in poor health for some time and died peacefully. Having known Edith for many years we were really sad about this news, however, so thankful for her life and the legacy it has left in our greatly expanded project. Edith could not speak much English but was still able to communicate clearly with us - she was a real colourful character - funny, strong-willed,...