This is the story of a Ugandan boy in Kikobero village. Read it and understand why something as simple as a blanket can save a child’s life…
The sun sets over the Mount Elgon valley and Wilson huddles beside the fire in his mud hut to keep warm and try to do his homework by the flickering light. On hearing the distant thunder, he positions himself just between two holes in the roof, so he won’t get wet from the leaks when the heavy rains come. The rains, these heavy hailstoney rains, have destroyed the banana leaf roof, once perfectly suited to the climate. Since the rains began, 4 years ago, everything has changed. Wilson’s family used to enjoy growing their own crops of cabbages, maize and casava, they loved the satisfaction of being able to sell what they didn’t eat and choose something from the market to buy that week. But since the icey rain started coming, Wilson has had to rely on the food he gets at school only. He has been told that someone far away in another part of the world has paid for his food and the opportunity to go to school. Everyday he thanks God in Heaven for that person. What he would do without them, he can only imagine.
As he settles down beside the fire, he finds himself inching closer and closer in order to keep warm. The nights are becoming colder on the mountain and the rains bring with them a dampness that chills to the bone. Slowly he begins to drift into sleep.
When he wakes with a scream and a surging pain through his leg, his grandmother quickly tries to cool Wilson’s burns using what water she has. She cries for more water to be brought from the village pump as someone calls to get a doctor. The doctor arrives in time to save Wilson too much harm, but the scares of this incident will be with him for life.
Now, as he settles down to sleep, wrapped in his blanket, also given to him by the kind person in the far away land, he says a prayer for the blanketless children in his village and for the people who saved his life.
This is based on a true story of a child who was badly burned in Kikobero, Uganda. If you would like to give a child a blanket this Christmas, go to: http://www.livinggenerously.com/shop/product/136
1. Sponsor our very own Martin Nangoli, king of all Patchwork Kids operations in Uganda and the founder of the scheme.
If you would like to sponsor him for all the hard work he is doing, the time is now.
With food prices SOARING and many of the kids all turning up at his house in the holidays for meals and a second baby on the way, we feel it is time to start sending some money his way.
Martin has been operations manager on site for TEN years and has NEVER received any funding personally for the work he does for Patchwork Kids, he has been running the charity completely voluntarily. We are proud that we only spend the very necessary administration costs, meaning that over 90% of your money goes to the kids, however, this means that we cannot afford to pay a salary to Martin.
If you think you could contribute to the work of Patchwork Kids in this way, you will be supporting not one but ALL the kids on the scheme. Email email@example.com
2. Save our preschool!
With the rising food costs, the Patchwork Kids preschool in Kikobero is likely to have to close if we cannot stock up on enough food for the term to come.
If you can give ANY AMOUNT please go to our JustGiving page and donate what you can. Please specify what your donation is for by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org too.
We are now offering you the opportunity to volunteer for a couple of months at one of our projects in Uganda or India with Global Handprints. Email email@example.com for more information.
The children on the Patchwork Kids scheme are all doing amazingly well…
Here is the latest from Martin Nangoli:
Sarah will be finishing her Diploma in Social works,girls of her age in village have three children already and family yet they can not afford to help them.Sarah is going to help us in training the community before she takes a job.this is help others see that if there was opportunity life can be changed.
Samson will also be finishing his Diploma this months as well.if he had not had opportunity,he would be married with a few children and the circle remains.
Jesse is in his Aleves and we hope he will make it to Universty because for him he had chance of having a better school during his younger age and his school performance has been amazing and was adimited in better secondary schools.He wants to be a pilot or Doctor one of the two.
Esther is doing a Diploma in development studies and she will finish next year.These children were sponsored by Patchwork and we have seen life change.
As I always say there are three problems in developing countries:1. IGNORANCE,2POVERTY,3.DISEASE. BUT IGNORANCE is the biggest problem because people are poor because they are not skilled to do any thing so there is no way you can deal with poverty. People are sick because they are ignorant that they can not deal with even preventable disease and they only way to deal with is is to Educate the young generation to empower the next generation make informed decisions.
Was a street boy we picked up in the year 2000, it has not been easy get him transformed.His story is heart breaking just like many others who have not had opportunity.
Alex was told that when he was young his mother wanted to throw him into the river,we don’t know why yet but in this country many mothers/fathers have killed their children because they can not afford feeding or looking after them,stories have been published where possible but Alex servived when his auntie grabbed him and took care of him until the time she had a mental problem and Alex ended on the streets.we got him hopeless,scared of living with out future.
During my times when I used to share small food like bananas and popcorn in the fields next to the market where they have built Uganda comercial bank,i can remember all their stories and in my heart used to pray only if God ever gives me opportunity I will help such children.
And to day Alex’ story is different.
One morning Alex came my room where i was staying because had taken one of the boys and was staying with meRajab another street boy.those who know me I have taken children to live with me than I can afford and God has been faithfull by providing.That Monday morning of 2002 Alex said he wanted to go school,he had never been to school and was old enough to be in primary seven but here was a challenging to me to find him a school.
I asked him what school he wants to go to,he said Wambwa primary school and when
I asked him why he said he had been there in primary one many years.I asked him again but which class are you going to and he said primary four.I took him to school and when he was given interviews he took three hours and wrote nothing and was waiting under a tree for him.when the teacher finished marking him,he came and asked me what to do,and i simple said wanted him in school at whatever cost,i did not know where Alex was going to stay my self had almost no space but my heart had.The school to him as a special case and Alex was determined to study at all costs.
Every time I look at Alex I know from my heart that many years ago,I had the same zeal but there was no opportunity.It has taken Alex 9 years in school to pass Primary leaving exams to join secondary sechool since I took him to school that time.His age has nothing to do with his level and he is one of the most successful stories I can tell.
I do not know how to write apeals but please if there are well wishers,who would like to join us in sponsoring a child you will change many lives.
Titus is about 6 years old now. He is an orphan whose father died two years ago due to cardic heart failure and he now lives with another family in the community in Kikobero.
Titus is in Top school now and he is doing well. He is fun and if you sit with him for the few minutes he will make you talk lots because he is full of life!
He loves playing around and tries everything.
Linda Evans visited Uganda two years ago with Anna Evans (founder of Patchwork Kids Uganda and Linda’s daughter-in-law) and was impacted by the plight of one particular family. They made an impression on her when they met and went mad over her silver hair!
The father of this family had abandoned his wife and 6 children and turned to alcohol as a way of escaping the harsh reality of famine. The mother was also threatening to leave as she could not cope watching her children suffer. Their crops had just been destroyed by the latest hail storm, for the third year running. The children huddle round a small fire in their blankets that had been provided by Patchwork Kids to try to keep warm during the rains. Their roof was full of holes and they had to try to avoid the leaks at night.
When they returned, Linda held a table-top sale at her church and raised money which bought land and materials for a new house. The community all rallied around to help building it and since, both parents have returned with new hope and two of the children have also been sponsored to go to the new preschool. The sad news is that they tried to grow crops again, but they were also destroyed by the rains.
So, with the simple idea and efforts of one inspired person, this family’s life has been turned around.
Please be in contact if you would like to fund raise, sponsor a child or have any ideas that could help the community to navigate their way through this difficult time. http://www.patchworkids.org/contact-us
A little really does go a long way.
Will and Zara Taylor-Jackson got hitched and decided to ask their guests to give to Patchwork Kids’ work in Uganda instead of pressies for themselves… They raised a whopping £635!
Congrats guys and THANK YOU!
This money will go towards blankets for the vulnerable children and elderly who during the cold nights in the mountains can very easily die from pneumonia. There is also talk of rebuilding homes for some of the orphaned children after the huge landslide at the beginning of this year.
Over the last few months we have seen inspirational fundraising by a range of different people who have caught the idea that a small effort goes a long way in helping the people of Kikobero.
We have had over 100 euros from a community of young people in Macedonia for the ‘Keep a child warm’ campaign, which buys blankets for children and old people in the village. Why blankets? The mountainous region where Kikobero is situated is not only colder due to the high altitude, but they are also suffering for extremely heavy rains and hail, and recently floods and landslides. The scanty mud huts do no provide insulation or protection from floods, nor do the roofs provide shelter from heavy rains. Therefore, people are highly at risk from pneumonia, and a blanket can save a life in this situation, as well as being relatively cheap and easy to give out.
We have also had funds from a table-top sale in Guildford, England, to raise money for the new pre-school. It will go towards supporting the teachers, as the local community are so devastated by the crop failure due to the heavy rains, that they can no longer contribute towards the teachers’ living.
The victims of the landslide that happened at the beginning of this year had much aid from other organisations, so Martin of Patchwork Kids is working hard to provide mid and longer-term solutions for the most vulnerable families in the area, helping them to rebuild their lives.
Money from our Christmas gift scheme is still rolling in and will be used to buy food for some child headed families and old people like this one in the pictures. This money is going to feed 10 families for a week, each family with average of 8 persons. Not much, but every little helps in a disaster like this one.
And of course, the faithful monthly sponsors who support a child with £22 every month, who are giving this community the only hope they have – a future generation, educated and with the opportunity to change their communities for the better.
Yesterday I heard about a landslide in Uganda which has wiped away 3 villages near to Kikobero, the village we work in.
Latest news from Martin:
Yesterday morning 5 other pastors and I went to the scene of the landslides. We drove the car on a rough and muddy sliding road before we reached the point where we could not drive and walked. It was challenging and hard, many of you who know the outgoing chairman of Mbale church elders fellowship Pastor Chris Mukhama’s weight will agree with me that he could not make it, his friend Rev.Job are equally of good weight. Pastor Nelsno, Robert, Silver and I are lighter but trust me it was hard.
I liked Chris’ saying when everybody we met was telling him to go back because he was not going to make it and he said even if I get there tomorrow I will and for sure he was a big encouragement and we got there after two good hours of struggling.
When we got to the place where the landslide happened, there was total silence you would feel an atmosphere that am not able to explain, people have cried that they are not able to cry. We talked a lady who had lost two children because they lived with her parents, all the four perished in the house and there was no trace of anything. One man said I was outside and that is how he survived but all his family was gone, he remains without a thing. You will see the books in a photo that is where the health centre was, the staff, patients and other people who took refuge perished. This is one centre and the only place we reached and other two areas we were not able to get there. By yesterday the smell was beginning to get the place.
I talked to people around and others were saying we wonder what we have done to God and in my mind (Deut. 29v29) was ringing. ‘The sacred things belongs to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.’
I am praying and requesting that you will pray for Uganda, Mt.Elgon region. I can’t tell u any story yet from my village because the road is impassable at the moment. I know that there is a problem there and reports have not reached me yet of what is happening But I am trusting God that His will will be done. People have not recovered from the last destruction yet and this is meant to be a hot season that where gardens are prepared, what will happen? Famine, Disease, Death?
For this time your support will be a big blessing. Hundreds of children are going to find it difficult to keep warm, finding fire wood in forest for keeping them warm is going to be risk with this rain? I can’t stop crying for the hopeless children and am not going to sit down here and do nothing.
I MARTIN I AM GOING TO GO WITHOUT FOOD FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS AND WANT TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP.I WOULD LIKE TO GET 10,000 BLANKETS AND 1000 TONES OF FOOD I AM REQUESTING YOU AS MY FRIENDS THAT YOU WILL SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND IF WE JOIN HANDS IN THE NEXT THREE DAYS WE CAN SAVE HUNDREDS OF LIVES. THIS IS AN APEAL TO EVERY ONE ACROSS THE WORLD.
IF EACH PERSON CAN DONATE JUST: £5, $8, this can help us purchase the blankets and foods needed.
CAN YOU HELP MARTIN & HIS TEAM!!!
(Rejuvenate is responding to the landslides and supporting Martin and his team on the ground. Please, if you can donate towards the costs of blankets, pot and pans to cook with and food…
To donate click here: http://www.justgiving.com/landslide-disaster
Or send cheques payable to Rejuvenate Worldwide, 110 Warren Hill Rd Birmingham B44 8ET – please state clearly that this is for the ‘Village Fund’)
Thanks to those who bought a life giving gift at Christmas… we raised over £400 and bought lots of food for the families in Kikobero suffering from famine. Here is Martin with the bags of rice…
We are all fed up of unwanted gifts – buying and receiving them. In recent years, many charities have offered ‘Added value’ gifts where you can buy a goat or such like which will help someone in need and solve the problem of what to buy your great aunty for Christmas.
In response to the FAMINE in Kikobero, the village where we work in Eastern Uganda, Patchwork Kids is now offering Christmas gifts that you can buy for your loved ones this Christmas.
IT IS SIMPLE:
- YOU CHOOSE THE PRICE
- OVER 90% OF YOUR MONEY WILL GO DIRECTLY TO FEEDING A FAMILY IN KIKOBERO
- WE WILL SEND YOU AN E-CARD THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO YOUR LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS (we are also environmentally friendly!)