In villages across Uganda, there is poverty everywhere, but groups that seemed to have been overlooked are the elderly and people with disabilities. These groups mostly seek a meal and or a place to sleep. Many of the elderly have been abandoned by their children, while others lost their children to HIV/ AIDS. They are left in dilapidated buildings, often without food or clothes. Some, even at the age of 80 have to raise their grandchildren.
We have set up the first charity Swap Shop that provides food for the elderly and teaches the community to care for each other. The Swap Shop is an innovative idea, where clothing, shoes and other items are donated in the UK, shipped to Uganda, and then displayed in the shop. When community members come to purchase an item, they pay with dry food such as a 1kg of rice, beans, sugar, maize flour, a bar of soap or paraffin. These dry items are then distributed among the 26 elderly people we currently feed.
We IMPACT the elderly/disadvantaged by:
- Collecting, shipping and transporting donations of clothing from UK partners to the Ugandan Charity Swap Shop.
- Training local Volunteering Staff for the Charity Swap Shop.
- Distributing staple foods provided through the Charity Swap Shop. (Donations of rice, beans, sugar, flour, soap and paraffin are swapped for clothing donated by UK partners).
- Provision of mattresses, blankets, warm clothes and medication.
- Provision of a Christmas meal (meat and rice).
In Kabonela, Masaka we are currently feeding 26 people including children from the shop there. This year as food is more expensive we are grateful that we have had goods in the shop that have enabled us to continue to feed those in need.