Posts made in December, 2011

Amidah emails

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Correspondence | 0 comments

Amidah emails

Amidah and Dori have begun emailing for the first time. It is really great to get to know Amidah. She is a student at the YMCA College in Wandegeya District    in Kampala where she studies Community Development.

Amidah has shown herself to be a natural writer and she is oh! so helpful. She has taken some of the load off her twin brother, Blessed. They both live in Kamapala and support The Candles from there. They also visit and spend time with their cousins in the village, Kabesheshe, when they can.

Amidah was in Kabesheshe for her Christmas holidays. Among many things, she taught the kids how to weave mats from banana leaves. They learn many good lessons directly and indirectly from Amidah. She is a great role model. She shows them that girls can achieve post secondary education, follow their dreams and make a difference in their village. Amidah, like Blessed, is a leader in her family and village.

http://www.ymcakampala.org/

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The bead-in…

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in FUNDRAISING, NEWS | 2 comments

The bead-in…

We got together on Saturday at the yoga studio to make some jewellery as a fund-raiser for The Candles. Kimberly brought lots of gorgeous beads and some examples of necklaces she had already made. We were inspired and excited to see that with her generous patience, encouragement and expertise that we too could create some cool strings of beads, including some exquisite ebony and ivory beads that Kelly donated from her days working in Africa. There were kids and yogis of all ages there!

At the end of the morning we had an impressive collection of necklaces to sell…..all proceeds  to strengthen CANDLEPOWER!

Big and special thanks to you, Kimberly and all yogis who supported us making and purchasing necklaces.

http://www.iyengaryogananaimo.com/

 

 

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The Necessities of Life

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Featured, KAMPALA LIFE | 2 comments

The Necessities of Life

Without parents and with very little support, The Candles struggle to obtain the very necessities of life.  There is not adequate food in the community, the water supply is not clean, and medical attention is difficult to get and expensive.

It really has changed their lives now that we can support them with food which means more regular and more nutritious meals. They also have books and school uniforms so they can go to classes. And very importantly they can access medical care as 7 of the cousins have tested HIV positive from birth. We are told that The Candles have shiny, smiley faces and a happy outlook on life. As one of our friends says, “Help is beautiful. Hope is necessary. Caring is everything.”

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Brothers, sisters and cousins

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in FAMILY, Featured | 0 comments

Brothers, sisters and cousins

With no parents to care for them, this group of brothers, sisters and cousins have become a family unit of their own. They are all double HIV orphans. They were being cared for by their grandmother until she died almost 3 years ago. Their oldest cousin, Blessed, was called home to village from Kampala City, where he was studying, to look after Grandmother Sophia. Sadly she died and Blessed at the age of 20 was now the head of the household of his 18 cousins.

Oh my stars! What to do? Blessed emailed Dori from the city asking for guidance. I agreed to  help as best I could to keep the kids fed, clothed, housed and at school. So far so good. One of Blessed’s sister’s schoolmates, Housina, was forced to drop out of school because her family could not pay for her education. She agreed to become the children’s new mama. Soon after, a very supportive friend of ours, Kelly, named these orphans The Candles. We all loved the name and instantly it stuck!

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Generations

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in FAMILY, Featured, Medical | 0 comments

Generations

As a result of HIV/AIDS, The Candles have been left without parents.  At least one generation of the community has been lost, and many of the remaining adults and children cope with complications of HIV themselves or other medical issues.

We have all heard this story many times. It is the story of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Step by step we join many other wonderful initiatives that make a difference in the lives of these people. We do our best to redistribute the love and resources we have at hand to support them as they create sustainable health, nutrition, education, peace in their  lives.

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