Christmas Cards are here!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Education, FAMILY, Featured, FUNDRAISING, Medical | 0 comments

We’re receiving requests already! Halloween is over and Christmas is a-coming.

We have some new additions to our collection of Christmas cards with heart this season.
We named them, ‘cards with heart’ because our customers are shopping with their hearts. 100% of card sales go directly support The Candles, our family of 18 HIV orphan cousins. Each design incorporates a heart or two. Look closely you’ll see Each design is underscored with a pun! Some are funny, some are corny. It all depends on YOUR sense of humour!

These cards are specially designed by a local graphic artist who takes NO MONEY for his designs but offers them freely. They are works of the heart sold as a fundraiser for the kids. Cool, eh?photo-on-2016-11-06-at-10-23-am

These Christmas cards plus as our lines of birthday, baby congrats, new home, thank you and UNbirthday cards are major contributors to the wellbeing of the Candles. Who would have thunk it?
These greeting cards provide food, shelter, medical care, education as well as funds for 2 food production projects and start up money for small businesses. Really cool, eh?

Education is one of our priorities.
So far, we have 2 college graduates, 1 senior senior secondary graduate, a first year secondary student, a vocational high school student plus 10 Primary school students! As the kids graduate and find jobs they pay forward money for the tuition of the younger ones. For the past year Amim, our graduate in tourism and hotel management has paid the school needs of the 10 primary students. Really, really cool, eh?

Survival and self-reliance is another priority.
We have 2 sustainable garden projects underway. The kids are expected to work hard at school, at home and in the gardens. JEMBE Kabasheshe has been underway for a year. At the end of the third harvest there were enough onions to sell in the market, making enough money for the fourth seeding of the garden.
The second garden project, JEMBE Kabwoya has just been seeded with veggies and bananas for the first time. We have high hopes for JEMBE Kabwoya as a good return is needed to rebuild a house, dig new latrines, raise tuitions plus afford a second seeding.

Our goal for this family is a sustainable, healthy, happy future.
The kids are learning how their own hard work and commitment at home in the gardens, at school and in their careers author their success.
(FYI… JEMBE is a Kiswahili word for a short handled hoe commonly used throughout subSaharan Africa.)

photo-on-2016-11-06-at-10-16-amHere are some of the Christmas line.
Enjoy our cards with heart! And merry greetings to all!

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New Friends…

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in FAMILY, FUNDRAISING, NEWS | 0 comments

On the weekend, I had so much fun. With my sister and nephew I went to a BIG craft fair called       Make It Vancouver. Over the four days at the fair I encountered so much creativity, beauty, fun and camaraderie.

One special person I met is Anne~Marie. She makes dolls. Beautiful dolls that call to you to hold and cuddle them.

IMG_2938These dolls are totally handmade with love. All the fabrics Anne~Marie uses are connected to her life. Her grandmother’s ribbon and lace. Her sister’s dress. Fabrics you choose for your doll. All combine to create these loveable dolls. Anne~Marie embroiders each doll with the name chosen by the owner.

You can imagine how popular these dolls were at the craft fair. Children, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles all fell in love with them. So much love will burst out of children’s hearts as they open their dollies on Christmas morning. Love that travels near and far. Already to Australia, to Europe and now to Africa.

I began chatting with Anne~Marie and told her about The Candles. She was touched. She understood. IMG_2937She offered to make a few dolls for me to take to share with The Candles and other  orphaned children when I travel to Uganda in the New Year. I can’t wait to give the dolls away. I promised Anne~Marie I would send her photos. What a lovely connection. A lovely new friend. A kindred spirit.

Merci, Anne~Marie!

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in FAMILY, FUNDRAISING | 0 comments

images-4As Thanksgiving comes closer, we wish you safe journeys, merry celebrations and memorable times as your tribe gathers.

We are so grateful for you and all the kindness, help and love in our world. As we are known to say:

“Help is beautiful. Hope is necessary.                              Caring is everything.”


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Spring Rains…

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in FUNDRAISING | 0 comments

UnknownSpring is coming with the rains…with plans for gardens and tomato cages!

This is the latest yogi brainchild as a fund-raiser for our kids in Uganda.

Again,  food and school school supplies are needed. And Mary-Ellen has come forward with this brilliant, practical, seasonal idea.

Thanks for taking the time to put this together for the kids,  the gardens and gardeners of Nanaimo!

Wishing you Happy gardening! Juicy toms!

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18 for 18 for 18 : Candles for The Candles

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Education, FAMILY, FUNDRAISING, Medical | 0 comments

We have a new project alight. We call it:  18 for 18 for 18.                        It is also known as Candles for The Candles.

We have made beautiful, reuseable, kitenge or African batik cotton drawstring bags, each containing 18 soy tealights which we are  selling  for $18 to support The 18 Candles…our family of 18 HIV orphans in Uganda. Yes. 18 for 18 for 18. Makes sense now?

We have had such a lot of expenses of late and in Uganda like here,  prices for everything including food, medical care, medicines, back to school supplies, household items are sky-rocketing really fast! So to meet this increasing need, one of our clever friends came up with this fund-raising idea: candles for The Candles. A natural really. We chose soy candles because they burn so cleanly and are way more freindly to humans as well as the environment. And also because The Green Store in Nanaimo has so willingly and generously supported our 18 for 18 for 18 project.

So far we have our bags of soy tea lights for sale at Old City Organics and Bend-Over Backwards Yoga Studio in Nanaimo. They will also be for sale at the upcoming NanGo Grannies’ African Marketplace on June 2nd from 10 to 4 at St Paul’s Church downtown .

I have heard these bags of candles have been used as birthday candles, as well as Mother’s Day, birthday and hostess gifts. They are great for indoors and outdoors, like at patio tables, picnic tables and campsites. And Father’s Day is up-coming.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture already and in advance to those who make this choice in the future! Let your little soy lights shine!

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Honouring Mothers

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Education, FAMILY, FUNDRAISING | 0 comments

Mothers’ Day is coming. We all have wonderful mothers in our own families and beyond that we cherish. Sunday, May 13th is the day we collectively celebrate them all. We all know that truly every day of the year is Mothers’ Day. Where would be without them?

I found this email and link in my mailbox this morning from The Nyaka School foundation. They have undertaken a wonderful Mothers’ Day project. There is a 2 minute video in the limk below that explains everything.

The Nyaka School Project was founded and is directed by an amazing Ugandan, Jackson Twingye Kaguri. His foundation is developing community schools include programs for widows and grandmorther. They do amazing work. And they are just 2 districts away from where The Candles live. I dream one day of visiting the Nyaka School Project and of working alongside them to spread and expand their incredible model. They are a stellar example for Africa and for the world.

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project <>

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