Cissy (one of Sawa Leader John’s beneficiaries) in her lush garden with three of her four children. All of her crops and animals are integrated. She uses animal manure to nourish her plants and the great growth of crops to sustain her animals!! All the while providing food security for her family.
Daphne and program director Irene meeting with one of our Sawa Sparks Abdullah. He makes scrubbing sponges from recycled fishing nets. After cleaning intensively, the previously unemployed youth he trains helps him to braid the fishing nets and sew them into sponges!
Uganda program director Irene capturing some community moments in a rural village within the Gulu district of Northern Uganda. Irene was so happy with the amazing footage she captured with our new NEX professional camera donated to Sawa World by Sony!!
Sawa Leader John caught in the moment, being the humble, compassionate man he is. We were visiting one of his beneficiaries Sara when all the children in the surrounding community heard he was there and wanted to play. He got caught up singing and dancing with them.
Sawa Youth Reporter Stephen with the infamous Freddy! Late last year Dr. James found a tear in his heart and he was admitted immediately to intensive care where no one thought he would survive the night. Both Dr. James and Dr. Robert searched extensively to find a way for this boy to get the surgery needed for his survival. They managed to attain a sponsorship that would fly him to Italy for his procedure. It is truly a miracle that Freddy is here with us today and it was amazing to see him run, jump and play as any normal child.
Sawa Leader Dr. James and one of this beneficiaries. The lady in the picture is HIV positive but not letting it slow her down! She grows coffee, bananas, cassava and a variety of other vegetables to sell and maintain her own food security. Along with this method of household income she also makes charcoal, an extremely difficult and tedious process to sell in the market.
This is how we mix soap! Mamas hand mixing buckets of soap in the community of Nakibono
I drove with Olivia for two hours northeast of Kampala to the community of Nakibono. She went out for the day to teach a women’s group how to make soap and body cream, both of which they learned how to package for selling. This is one of eleven vocational skills Olivia teaches and it is allowing people living in poverty to create their own household incomes and sustain their livelihoods.
And here is the wonderful Olivia smiling away! I traveled with her over two hours as she went to do a community workshop, teaching how to make soap!