The Grandmother Project

Uganda and her forgotten Grandmothers

25th February – 10th March 2020

Jinja, Uganda

 

After their own children have died from AIDS and related causes, many women are left to raise grandchildren. They lack income and financial support, and face a daily struggle for survival with very little joy in life.

Grandmothers are often the poorest and most vulnerable in Ugandan communities.

 

The Ugandan Challenge

Uganda is amongst the 20 poorest nations in the world and has been hit hard by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The vast majority of people who die of AIDS-related illnesses are able bodied adults of childbearing age who leave behind children, often suffering the effects of the virus themselves, in the care of elderly relatives – mostly their grandmothers, who are struggling to generate an income. Orphaned children living with elderly grandparents are significantly less likely to receive an education. 

 

Social Impact

At a time when they should retire and be looked after by their own children, many Ugandan grandmothers find themselves in a position to care for a number of grandchildren without household income. Ugandan grandmothers need support in earning a living, learning skills and paying for the education of their grandchildren, but they also need hope and joy in their life, meet new people and be inspired to enjoy life. And they have a lot to give… 

The Task

Solidarity and joy.

15th February to 10th March 2020

Our project aims to bring solidarity to these grandmothers, giving them confidence by developing their skills and increasing their knowledge to support their income generating activities and improve the quality of their lives.

The Needs

Improve income generating skills.

Join us in an exchange project with Ugandan grandmothers in rural villages where you will learn about the local culture, traditions and customs, meet with grandmother groups to hear about their lives and experience their reality. And at the same time share your knowledge & experience to support the effectiveness of home gardens, develop art & craft and sewing skills, teach home based hygiene, help with budgeting, develop and support local savings’ groups.

 

What can you bring to this project?

Participating Costs

Project Participation: £1,330

 

The participating costs can be fundraised (through a campaign or events), may be funded by a learning & development budget through your place of work (please enquire with your employer) or can be covered with personal funds.

Flights: Please book your own flights (we can assist you)

Optional: Group fundraising (to support ongoing community activity)

We encourage participants to fundraise for their project participation and will support you with ideas and advice along the way.

Are you willing to take on this challenge?

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE