You have all been so immensely supportive and generous for my upcoming trip to Uganda. I am so thankful to have such wonderful people in my life.
There is so much that we, as human beings, can do to help those who need it.
For the street children in Kampala, they didn’t choose a life on the street. There is no alternative. We can help them have a chance in a safe, secure environment. An opportunity for education. Support and counselling to deal with the trauma they have faced.
But they also need stuff. Stuff that can enable them to be a child. Dress like a child. Learn like a child. Storytelling. Have fun.
Do you have any of the following stuff that is ready for clear out by September 1st? Perhaps you are a school, youth club, sport group, dance class, home tutor, playgroup, nursery, parent, shop or library. Please share this post with all who may be able to help. I have two suitcases to fill, so please don’t be shy.
- Clothes (t-shirts, shorts, elasticated waists are good so they will last). Nothing too big or baggy though. Age 5 upwards
- Sanitary pads (not tampons)
- Girls bras and pants are really helpful. Crucially, they must be plain i.e not lacy / sexualised in any way
- Shoes / trainers. Open shoes such as sandals are most preferable as they allow for the children’s feet to grow in them.
- Educational DVDs e.g. national geographic
- Simple story books with a low reading age (for beginners at English) / educational books
- Football kits
- Educational flash cards
- Coloured pens, pencils and paints
- Music speakers
- Mini sewing machine (really helpful! As can be used for skills training)
- Play materials like goals
- Sports uniforms (jerseys)
- Knitting threads – wool / cotton etc
- Aprons for cooking demos
- Water guns
- Soccer boots
- World Map
- Children’s Plastic Hockey game
- Scrabble board
Things the kids will LOVE:
- Nail varnish
- Skipping ropes
- Loom bands
- Transfer tattoos (they should like my real ones, then!)
- Face paint (white / yellow is best as dark colours don’t who up on dark skin)
- Paper plates to make into masks
- PVA glue and craft materials
- Haribo to use as prizes for games / competitions
- Mini toy cars (the boys all obsess with these!)
- P.E style bollards to use for relay races
- A parachute
- And any other kids games that can be run in a group!
and if you need a reminder about the great work Retrak do, please watch this.
Thank you X