People in Shropshire are being asked to back a charity appeal that will help thousands of families in north-east Uganda to rebuild their lives following a generation of conflict and instability.
Launching Self Help Africa’s Give2Grow campaign in Shrewsbury, charity spokesperson Monica Morison announced that from 15th February-15th May, all public donations to Self Help Africa’s Give2Grow appeal will be doubled by the UK government, allowing the charity to reach twice as many people.
She explained that the locally-based charity was appealing for support to rebuild the lives of 1,000 families in Teso, affected by years of violence and struggle.
Mark Ireland, Self Help Africa’s Head of Programmes, explained that many households are still struggling to restore small farms that have grown wild following a generation of neglect.
“Teso is one of the poorest areas of Uganda, with more than half of the people living on less than 15p a day.”
“We’re supporting households to restore their small farms, so that they can grow and earn more from the land, rebuild their communities, and provide a better life for their families,” Mark said.
Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt congratulated Self Help Africa for its important initiative and said that backing from the UK government meant that donations to Give2Grow would go twice as far.
“In sub-Saharan Africa women grow 70% of all the food grown on small-holdings, but these women and their families are only just surviving.
“UK Aid and Self Help Africa are working together to make sure Ugandan farmers have the skills and training they need to not only grow enough food for their families but also to build sustainable businesses” the Secretary of State added.
“By UK Aid Matching the ‘Give2Grow’ appeal we are doubling the generosity of the Great British public and doubling the power to change lives across the country.”
A series of local events will take place in Shropshire during Self Help Africa’s Give2Grow campaign, including the Starlight Circus Ball at Telford International Centre on Saturday 2nd March. People can also support the campaign by visiting www.selfhelpafrica.org/give2grow, or contacting the charity’s Shrewsbury office on 01743 277170.