Empowerment: Esther now makes and sells childrens’ clothes using skills she gained through AREP sponsorship.
Increasingly within AREP, we are looking for effective ways for people to become self-supporting. Starting a small business making and selling clothes is one great way. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Esther’s business. She is looking for investors!
In Uganda, January of each year sees the tense wait for exam results by those who took their key Senior 4 exams in November, equivalent to GCSEs in the UK.
We have two students undergoing this wait! Lovemore and Scovia, here pictured with the headteacher of Seeta High School: Lydia Lukwago Kagoya
The Eco Stove is a revolutionary product. It was invented in Uganda by Rose Twine and is manufactured there. It is already being deployed in some refugee camps. I met Rose this week in Kampala.
This model retails for 900,000 shillings (£190) and has a 30 Watt Solar PV panel which powers 2 LED lights, 2 USB sockets for charging mobile phones, an FM radio, an mp3 music player and a Fan which drives air through the cooker, raising the cooking temperature and eliminating smoke. Brilliantly simple, appropriate technology. It can burn charcoal residue (dust and small pieces) which is MUCH cheaper than standard charcoal. Finally, pieces of volcanic rock are used to trap and re-radiate the heat – this further improves the efficiency of the cooker.
A simpler, cheaper model is available for 550,000 shillings (£118) which can burn either firewood or charcoal and has a 20 Watt Solar panel which powers 2 LED lights, 1 USB socket and a Fan.
The Eco Stove can be used at any time and in any season, whereas Solar Cookers are most appropriate during the long hot dry season.
We now think that both Eco Stoves and Solar Cookers have a place in Uganda, with the Eco Stove having the edge! The Haines Solar Cooker costs about £20.
Adjumani to Palabek
An excellent piece on the BBC today on the resilience, initiative, and leadership shown by many refugees, especially women. The refugee camp mentioned, Adjumani, is an established one, it is 75 miles from the brand new camps at Palabek. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39998759
Children at Palabek Ogili Camp
Quick update following the Comedy Night on Saturday 10th June 2017.
After paying the comedian we’ve raised £536.40 for the 56 refugees at Palabek camp.
Massive thanks to Phil Beswick for doing a really great warm up, to Mark Palmer for such a brilliant main show and to everyone who supported on the night or sent donations. If anyone would still like to give, please use our donate page at http://arep4change.org/donate
We aim to send the money to Uganda in a few days time.
AREP locations and the Famine situation
The above graphic was published recently by Aljazeera. I have just added Pajok (the home town of our South Sudanese students) and Bweyale (where we rent a house as a holiday base). As you can see, the main impact of the famine and emergency on AREP is indirect, due to the flow of new refugees caused by the war in South Sudan.
Juba to Pajok is 188 km
Pajok to Bweyale is 285 km
Bweyale to Kampala is 221 km
10 Years ago this month we first met the South Sudanese children at Kiryandongo. A lot has happened since! If you’d like to receive our August newsletter with all the latest news, please sign up now.
Augustine was murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army whilst he was helping with a relief convoy in Pajok. The 4×4 he was travelling in was hit by a missile and he died instantly. He was only 36 years old. The only picture we have of him is this one.
Augustine, who was murdered by the LRA
Whilst visiting Pajok in December 2011 we had a chance to see Augustine’s grave.
Augustine’s grave, near where he died in Pajok