“I used to pray that God
would feed the hungry,
or do this or that,
but now I pray that he will guide me
to do whatever
I am supposed to do,
what I can do.
I used to pray for answers,
but now I’m praying for strength.
I used to believe that prayer changes things,
but now I know that prayer changes us,
and we change things.”
A blogging friend, Vicki, over at 2 Bags Full quoted this on her blog post about how she is supporting a small charity out in Uganda. The name of the charity is “CHILD” and their organizational website can be found here. Vicki is, in her usual generous way, looking for people all over the world to support this small charity.
She has also offered a Giveaway for anyone who takes part and donates to this cause, whether by sending money, or craft supplies, so that the children can make items to sell. Vicki is a knitter, crocheter and creator of amazing, beautiful one-off designs and Josephine’s cry for help for her children did not fall on stony ground!
Here are pictures of Nina and Fatima, two of the children being cared for, and here is a summary of what the charity does:
CHILD is an indigenous organization legally mandated to execute projects aimed at uplifting the welfare of people that are faced with challenges of accessing the basics of life and also delineated from the enjoyment of the universally guaranteed human rights in Uganda
CHILD exists to find solutions to the socioeconomic difficulties that women and girls find themselves in. Since 2011, CHILD has spearheaded grassroots initiatives aimed at uplifting the status of women and girls that are often excluded from the reach of basic social services. CHILD has put greater emphasis on health and education
WASTE PAPER BEAD JEWELERY
CHILD engages girls in making paper bead jewelery from waste paper, fiber table mats, African bags, photo frames and all other forms of art as the client may wish. The project aims at supporting girls access to education by affording the poor girls school fees and scholastic materials such as books, pens, shoes, school bags and sanitary towels. Poverty has had negative consequences on the girls’ access to education and this coupled with the patriarchal society norms, has perpetuated the inhibition of girls enjoying equal rights to education just like their male counterparts.CHILD aims at enhancing the enrollment and retention of girls in schools.
If you would like to help Vicki to support this cause, and to take part in her Giveaway, then you can go over to her blog where she has set out her email exchange with Josephine, and writes about how the plight of these children touched her heart. Here is the blog post
I know that several of my readers are crafters themselves, and maybe this will speak to their hearts – young people creating things in a bid to lift themselves out of poverty and despair. If you feel you could help in any way then please look at Vicki’s blog to find out more.