|Girls in their new dresses!|
I thought I would share a bit of information about Katange from their website. "The community of Katanga is located two kilometres from Kampala’s city centre in Uganda. It is estimated that over 20,000 people live in the slum. With the slum located right in the the cost of rent is expensive. In a community where the lives on, or less than, 50p a day it means many can’t afford medical expenses, school fees and only have enough to feed the family a basic diet. Sanitation is also a big in Katanga with residents using the central stream that runs through the middle, as water to wash their clothes in, to cook their food with and to drink from. This is a serious issue regarding that it is the same water that in, in and is often used as a . The stream is fairly stagnant so is an environment which harbours various water diseases that will affect locals. Katanga has 4 toilet blocks in the whole of the slum which people have to pay for. So because of the cost many use these toilet blocks.
Mark and Megan were able to distribute dresses and shorts to local children in their newly refurbished school building.
In Uganda, , on top of school fees, families must pay for transport, to and from school, uniforms, books, stationery and more. This is simply not feasible for many families in areas like the community of Katanga. Mark and Megan have bought a new school and community building in the slum where they are currently teaching the children informally in a free school, so they can reach a level where they can .
Mark and Megan were able to take some of the children they teach out to visit a local zoo during their trip. For many of the children this would be the first time they had left the slum.
You might notice that the children are all wearing their new 'best' clothes!
I am so impressed with what Mark and Megan have achieved in such a short space of time. It just goes to show that individuals can make a huge difference. Please take a look at their website and facebook page. Its so interesting to hear about their time in Uganda and their plans for the future. If you would like to get more involved, they are also looking for people to sponsor children. This means the children attending their school can move on to a more formal education which also releases a space for another child into their school.
Alex, James and Christine are all currently looking for sponsorship. To find out more about what your sponsorship money would pay for please take a look here.