Even though Amasiko officially closed for a week at Christmas to give the staff some much needed and well earned rest with their families the street children were not abandoned and one of the staff came in each day to deal with emergencies and ensure that the children were fed.
On Christmas Day our Finance Manager George took some of the children out for a special lunch, ensuring that they knew they were loved and not forgotten.
Thank you George. Another great example of selfless giving which is making our programme such a success and setting such great role models for our children.
If you can find £2.00 a month, you, along with others, will make it possible for us to continue to support this vital programme. Can you find £2.00 a month to help save a child? If so you can donate by setting up a standing order or visiting our Alongside Africa Donations site
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Whilst we will not be able to fully close over the Christmas period due to the extreme needs of our children we were able to celebrate the official year end by hosting the Amasiko children to their end-of-year/Christmas party. And to make it an even more special day, we were privileged to host Rotarian Ndomeirwe James as well.
Evas prepared a sumptuous meal almost single handedly; she had began preparations the previous day. Amasiko children, Rotarian James Ndomeirwe and staff were treated to a rare rich meal comprising Matooke (steamed bananas), rice, beef, fish (for those who don’t consume beef); washed down with passion juice!
Staff made preparations for the Xmas break, including: tentative arrangements to keep feeding most of the children, especially the footballers who would proceed with daily training; standby presence of staff; being available to keep a tab on security and handle any unforeseen emergencies, such as sickness by our children, who are after all, our clients. Evas volunteered to prepare daily porridge while Rotarian Ndomeirwe promised to provide some buns to supplement the porridge on daily basis.
- The Xmas party (and indeed parties held at Amazing Love and Graeme Naish Schools) was facilitated by generous contributions and donations from friends and supporters in the UK. Thank you everyone in the UK!
- Peace and Evas had done a commendable job in the preparations; backed by George and Wilberforce. Thank you team!
- Appreciated selfless support from well-wishers, especially Rotarian James (see more here). Thank you James!
- Need to prepare in earnest for the upcoming Emma & Therese football tournament, which is slated for 4th -18th January 2016. More to follow on this important activity.
- AAU would support in feeding and emergency medical care, especially to trainees, throughout the Xmas season, including a ‘special’ meal on Xmas day.
The Amasiko Programme has had a fantastic start and made a real contribution since it’s start in June this year. If you can help us keep it running this would be fantastic. We are looking for two things at the moment and if you, or any of your friends and family can help with either (or indeed anything else) this would be amazing:
We had the pleasure of handing over a defibrillator donated by Anne Bailey, a former director of Alongside Africa, to Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital this week. The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Gilbert, and Lawrance spoke about the machine’s longevity, and the medical officers attending were very keen to hear about the Amasiko street children programme. In a new partnership between Alongside Africa Uganda and Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital, reduced price medical insurance will be offered by the hospital to the street children.
Several reporters attended the meeting and a report was published in the national newspaper, the Daily Monitor, with a photo of Lawrance, Monica, Mike, George, Wilberforce and James handing over the defibrillator to delighted Doctors of Kigezi Diocese Rugarama Hospital.
We are pleased to announce that you can now book for our popular Celebration Lunch in support of all the great work that is happening. Come and enjoy a lovely 3-course lunch at the beautiful London Beach Country Hotel in Tenterden Kent on Sunday 21 Sep.
Tickets are £25.95 per person – for every ticket sold the London Beach Hotel will donate the same amount to Alongside Africa, so not only do you get a first class meal you will be supporting a great cause at the same time
Get a table of 8 together and receive a lovely bottle of wine! There will be a raffle and lots of other ways to get involved! Reserve your table now. Contact us by email on email@example.com or through Facebook. Cheques made payable to Alongside Africa; send to Alongside Africa, Oriac House, Shearway Business Park, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4RJ or through a BACS payment. Details on request. Your booking will be confirmed on payment.