Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

With Christmas fast approaching, i just wanted to remind everyone of the Child Headed Household that i help to support through Joy for Children Uganda.

I have opened this STORE to enable me to sell items i create to help me cover the costs of the sponsorship $157US a month, 100% of the profits made on these items are sent directly to Joy for Children and then used to pay for their education, food, kerosene (no elec), clothing, blankets, medical expenses and more.  I currently pay this by my own finances and as a lower income family with 3 children of our own to support we sometimes struggle to make the full amount to send.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could purchase 1 item from our store and help us to help support 5 Children ranging from 8mths to 17yrs in Uganda to have a better life and some hope for the future.

VISIT OUR STORE HERE.

So today is my second last day at the HARDA office for this years African Men’s English Program. Tomorrow we will be having our graduation for 2010 and my students are excited yet aprehensive.

“What will we do for the next 8 weeks?” is a common question that is arising. With both our classes and TAFE classes finished for the year the men seem to be at a loss at what they will do with their time. Alot of them are asking about employment over the holidays, what can they do to gain some casual employment.

I feel troubled by the prospects of them going back to the parks they were sitting in before we were able to gain their attendance.  With all the weeks of nothing ahead (f0r our single students) they are at a loss. It pains me that i can not do more. I feel like i’m sometimes caught between a rock and a hard place. But yet again, i am only one person. I do what i can to make the lifes of those around me better and i guess that is all i can do.

I am looking forward to our graduation ceremony tomorrow morning and i know my students are as well. They have invited their families and i am hoping to see a great turnout in support of them. I have started to receive the tutor reports and am amazed at how well some of them have come in the last 12 months due to our program.  It makes me feel like we are doing something worthwhile and giving back to those who need our help.

I have made some wonderful friends with the Sudanese males that i have been involved with and the stories they can tell, wow they will blow you away.

Just this morning one of my students was telling me that he finally got to speak to his sister last month after 24 yrs of absence. She had no idea he was living in Australia and had not seen him since he was a small boy. I think of my own family and not seeing my sister for 24 yrs and how hard that would be on my family so i can only imagine how hard it has been for him. Living here in Australia with NO family. A Lost Boy, still searching for the life he wants. It pains me to hear his stories, so we made a pact, we will go to Sudan together one day and meet with his family. I myself am not rich, i struggle on financially with my own family and life but somehow, someday, god will help us take this journey together, so i can retrace his steps, meet his family and learn more about how my fellow friends from southern sudan have been forced to live for far too long in unresolved war like conditions. Ipray for nothing more than peace for southern sudan and for my friends to be able to return home to a democractic society that they so enjoy here in Australia.

I have also been trying to get on here and blog about my experience at the Horn of African Youth Conference a fortnight ago but am having issues with my internet cable (kids have tripped over it one too many times and its not working) and then my camera decided it did not want me to print the pics on the SD card when i took it to officeworks. So once i have fixed the “Technical” issues facing me ill have the blog up and the pics of the weekend up as well. (I am blogging from the HARDA office this morn).

Also Please Please Please if you want to do something  for someone this Christmas purchase one of our Shirts or Products from ALL FOR CHARITY STORE and 100% of the profits made are used to support a Child Headed Household in Uganda of 5 Children. Betty the eldest girl is a budding scientist and we would love nothing more than to see her acheive her goals. For more information on Betty and her family, please VISIT HERE

-Freeuganda

It’s yet again coming up to Christmas time and there are over 1 billion people in the world starving this Christmas. Why not use your money for good and change and sponsor a child for someone you love for christmas this year, or even for yourself!

A most rewarding way to spend $25 – $50 dollars a month is to help those who are the innocents in all this chaos in the world….the children.

JOY FOR CHILDREN UGANDA is a great NGO whom are locally run in Uganda and you can sponsor a child direct through them (please note, this is NOT tax deductable for Australian Citizens)

COMPASSION AUSTRALIA is another great Australian Based NGO who sponsor children. Your money actually gets to the child you sponsor and not the whole community.

If you do anything this Christmas “Just for the sake of it” – Sponsor a Child and the gift of love you will receive is priceless.

-Freeuganda

My Sponsored Children – Please check this page out and visit our Store. 100% of the profits from the sale of these items are sent directly to Uganda for support on the Sponsorship of a Child Headed Household. Please consider purchasing a gift from our store and help us support this wonderful family of children. (NB: Betty is a budding scientist and has dreams to make it big and attend University. Please help by purchasing our products or contact us if you wish to donate)

From Right: Norman (baby), Betty, Isaac, Naume and Peter.

So here is a quick blog with a link to my webstore. Here i have created some fantastic artsy products that are able to be customised! Thats right! you can type what you want and customise them for a one of a kind product!

Check Em HERE

I’d like to just let you all know that we have a great selection of Invisible Children T-Shirts and DVD’s and Journals available here in Australia. Whilst our Aussie Dollar is high against the US we are reflecting our prices to match the US Prices. SOOOOO for the next 2 weeks (possibly longer as long as the $$ stays high) we will keep the price accordingly!

TO PURCHASE THESE ITEMS FROM AUSTRALIA IC SIMPLY EMAIL US

Rough Cut DVD is $20
Go DVD is $15
Bracelet Dvd’s are $20
The Rescue DVD is $20
2010 Organic Logo Tee is $25 – 100% Grown & Sewn in Uganda!
Standard Logo Tee is $20
I “Heart” LRA – Rescue Event Tee is $20
AK-47 Rescue Event Tee is $20 (1 only left in Australia)
Legacy Journal (with Rescue DVD) $10


To Check out what these items are Visit INVISIBLE CHILDREN US Store

Bracelet and Journal by: Invisible Children

All pictures are copyrighted to Invisible Children

So here it is again, that time of year when everyone is out there rushing around trying to figure out what to buy their friends or family for christmas. Me, i just don’t get it, why do we spend hundreds of dollars on toys that sit in toy boxes and barely get used cuz they simply  have “too much” to play with!? I honestly don’t see the point anymore, i’d find myself tearing my hair out with all these toys everywhere, yet they didnt get played with more like just dumped out of the box in the never ending search for something else!

So this year ive decided to change my ways of buying for my family. I’m giving a gift of sustainability, a gift that in turn keeps on giving. There are so many of these gifts right under your nose and you probably don’t even know it!

Support a great non profit and shop in their store! However, always remember THERE IS a DIFFERENCE between a Charity and a Non Profit!

So to get you started here are some great tips on places to give a great gift yet it keeps on giving through programs implemented by the organisations.

Invisible Children – Check out this cool store for Dvd’s & Bracelets, Cool Tshirts, Beanies, Scarves, Bags, Books & More. Each $$ goes back into on the ground programs to help those affected by war in Northern Uganda

Compassion – Gifts of Compassion – A great way to support a person in need.

All For Charity – A range of Items with 100% of Royalties going to either Invisible Children or Betty (Child headed household in Uganda)

Shop Sea Shepherd – Give a great gift and give our Whales a head start this Whaling Season! Awesome Shirts (Check out Whale Wars on Animal Planet!)

Thats just to mention a few.  This Christmas remember, that yes its nice to give a gift to the ones we love but no need to over do it, remember there are over 1 billion hungry people right now, so whilst your shovelling down the lovely christmas day lunch, take time out to thank those around you for your good fortune and to remember those who are less fortunate that yourself. A gift to a stranger can bring more happiness than you can imagine.

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas time.