Our annual Christmas appeal

The Christmas catalogue is changing emphasis – but it will definitely NOT be the last catalogue, far from it. The article below gives an update on the new venture which is going to take the place of the NOVC (Ngora Orphan and Vulnerable Children) project after 2021. The current catalogue will fund the last group of 30 children with skills training; and the other gifts in the catalogue will be for them and also for children in the wider community. We know that these are very challenging times but we fervently hope that we can count on your continued generosity so that we can support the hardworking families who are battling against the adverse effects of the pandemic. In case you wonder why mosquito nets are not included, the good news is that the Ugandan government has pledged to supply one to every household.

A very exciting development is that we are taking part in the Big Give campaign which will double all donations made through them during Big Give Week 1st to 8th December. We hope that as many of you as possible will take up this opportunity to help us to raise even more money. Campaign donations can only be made online from 1st December on our Big Give campaign page. All other donations can be made in the normal way.

The photo accompanying this article is of one of the project’s success stories. When Mary Beisa left school, she was one of the lucky ones to be sponsored through a two year vocational training course in tailoring and design on the strength of her skills training on the project. She now has her own thriving business and we could fill the newsletter with photos of the gorgeous garments she has made. This is what she has to say:

“I have been practising on my skills and now I sew women’s dresses, men’s shirts, children’s clothes and bags. This has helped me earn a living and I can now buy sanitary pads, shoes and medicines. I also do saving for myself”.

Our very grateful thanks to David Goodman of LLanfyllin for his terrific design of the catalogue.