Its monday morning and that means its time for HealthClub at 4Africa. The work that the ladies do here is quite hard and certainly demanding. Every stitch needs to be perfect and every round exactly the same as the one before. Because of that they often sit still for long periods of time working away on their projects. Research has linked long periods of sitting still often and regularly with increased chance of weight gain, high blood pressure and rising cholesterol levels. The ladies can always get up and walk around whenever they feel like it and we encourage them to do stretches and small walks to not sit to still to long.
Being healthy is not about how much you can limit yourself, but rather finding good ways both your mind and body can thrive! So today we had a fruit salad for desert at lunch. There was a buffet of watermelon, papaya and bananas nicely cut up. They could enjoy if whilst Maggie the new intern/HealthClub worker held a talk about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of the ladies wishes to improve their health, and listened well when Maggie talked about the benefits of eating green. Some of the fruits like watermelon and pineapple are seen as expensive, so the main focus was on affordable veg such as cabbage, carrots and leafy greens and some fruits.
Earlier that day Maggie went to the marked to buy the fruits, and look at all the beautiful colors!
Menstruation is one of the most common and uniquely female experiences. Unfortunately, the reality is that around the world millions of girls and women struggle to manage their monthly periods. Unable to afford or access proper menstrual products, many girls and women rely on crude, improvised materials like scraps of old clothing, pieces of foam mattress, toilet paper, their menstruation – all of which are unhygienic, ineffective, and uncomfortable.
This time around 4Africa ladies were privileged to be supported with So Sure reusable pads by Sissel Berge from Norway. The pads are designed to provide superior feminine hygiene protection and comfort. Menstrual Kits are made from high-performance textiles and provide effective protection for 12+ months of use. This will enable the ladies to save an income for at least a year.
Esther demonstrating to the ladies how to use the pads.
Elin(Co-founder) giving out pads to ladies.
Ladies expressing their joy after receiving the pads.
The truth is that as human beings, almost all of our forward momentum is driven by the pursuit of happiness. Even the desire to socialize, to love, and to connect with other human beings is driven by our desire to be happy. It was such a lovely day as 4Africa Women gathered together at the beach and shared experiences, moments out side the working environment. This included lots of activities that we participated in, including swimming in the lake. We enjoyed the cool breeze of the beach since most of Us do not have access to visit such places. It was an honour and privilege for Us and therefore together with Our Founders, We would like to appreciate Kaye Cashwell Simonette from Jacksonville, Florida in America who sponsored the Beach party as well as daycare materials to 4Africa daycare center.
Women cutting cake
Gathered together on arrival.
Being served food
Daycare children and their Facilitators
This period around, its been quite busy at the premises with STIG ALEKSANDER AUNE, CEO of Staur Holding from Norway. With 26 years of experience in operational and corporate finance and in multi national senior management positions internationally and across wide range of industrial sectors, Stig has worked and assisted 4Africa management team in different areas such as; Budgeting and forecasting, Reporting and report writing, supply chain and management, Financial control; systems and routines, understanding key challenges for management. And we appreciate Staur Holding for the support rendered towards 4Africa Organisation.
Some of the workings with Stig!
In 4Africa, home visitations are conducted as a way of strengthening the relationships and improving the living conditions of the women beneficiaries.
These visits are often done by Co-founders, volunteers, management team and staff members.To our women, we make sure that we follow them up promptly not only at the work place but also to their home environment. This enables us to internalise their living conditions and also diverse means on how best we can support them socially, economically and politically.
Line(Co-Founder) and Moreen(Tailoring Manager) giving out some items to one of the ladies.
Line with the baby of one of our ladies who had given birth.
Elin(Co-Founder) with Carol (Jewellery member) at her place.
Elin at Jaria’s home with her Son.
Jaria, Elin and Joweria.
Elin being showed an equipment for the water outlet for use.
Hanne at Jimia’s home with some of the children she takes care of.
Hanne and Hege with children in the neighbourhood during home visit.
So much to talk about home visits but all in all the Women are so glad that at the end of the day, they have a shoulder to cry on and that is 4Africa Organization!
Trolltech Foundation is a Norwegian non-profit charitable foundation which aims to help people in developing areas of the world. We have been privileged as an organisation to be one of the beneficiaries of this foundation. Great impact has been realised with the installation of the Solar panel to reduce on the utility bills in case power is off. The Generator which is helpful in the production of products since power supply from the solar can not accommodate the machines. The Installation of electric razor wires for safety and security purposes at the premises and acquisition of 4Africa car which has eased the transport means of our ladies, now they arrive to work at the expected time and this has also enhanced their income in a positive way. All this is accredited to the Trolltech Foundation for the support towards the 4Africa.
Ladies being showed on how to operate a generator
Electric razor wires
Razor wires & Solar panels
Ladies on their way to work.
Ladies being picked up near their homes
Meet Endre all the way from Moss Norway, an enthusiastic teenager with the heart to support Ugandan Women. For the past 10 weeks, he has been volunteering with his knowledge and skills as :- 4Africa driver, Maintaining of computers and other electronic equipments, servicing the tailoring machines, supporting in administration and business matters when needed, training staff members and supervisors in computer skills.
It has been a great experience for Endre to work with the Ladies in Mutungo and We are so grateful for the support rendered to Us.
Rain is very important for life. All living things need water to live, even people. Rain brings us the water we need. But in many places in the world even where we live, heavy rain has become a menace especially when it comes to work.
Women start their beautiful day with a lot of joy due to the on going activities, available work to earn living for their families. Here comes rain rain rain!, which floods the whole place to the extent of flooding the workshops with dirty water. Work is put to a stand still due to disturbance from the heavy rains.
Oops time clocks to go home yet rain is still pouring. How to get home, every body wonders! But still we have to go home. Day of work interrupted by rain. WHAT A RAINY DAY!
MY DAILY ROUTINE AT 4AFRICA
I am Rose Katushabe, a cook at 4Africa. I started working with the Organization in 2012 till to-date. My daily chores are mainly with in the kitchen area and the house hold at large.
I normally report to work at 6:00 am and start with the general cleaning inside the premises. But before that, I first do the shopping for what I am to use while preparing the meals. I later light up the charcoal stove to prepare breakfast for the Ladies and staff members. Breakfast is served at around 9:30 – 10:00 am. In the course of washing utensils used for breakfast, I prepare lunch.
I usually serve lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. When Lunch is served, I boil water for drinking for the following day. Then embark on cleaning the Utensils used for lunch and around the kitchen area where I do most of my activities from.
I really so much love my job though some times when it rains, I am delayed with my activities since there is no shelter where I cook from. I some times get chest and back pain due to carrying heavy sauce pans.
But all in all, I rejoice in my Job and I am grateful for 4Africa for the opportunity given to me!
Rose Lighting up the charcoal stove
Rose preparing Lunch!
Rose serving Lunch!
Ladies enjoying their meal!
Ladies enjoying their meal!
Rose cleaning the Utensils!
With home visits, expect a wide felt smile especially from the needy and knowing that some one out there cares for them! Eline Amarorwot one of the day care center child was burnt with hot water. It was a painful situation that even the local medical treatment that the mother could afford did not improve the situation.
Due to the incident, Okello Lillian could not come to work since she had to nurse her child at home.
Line Svingen one of 4Africa Co-founder with Ogaba Florence, the daycare leader visited Lillian at her home.She took with them, Medicine that is medical ointment for the wound and also daily necessities for use. And with in days, Lillian was back to work and Eline(the child) was taken back to the daycare center.
Line, Florence, Hassan the driver at Lillian’s home
Eline the burnt child in the process of recovering.
Lillian, her husband with their two children.
It was such a sad experience but Line bought all the necessary medication for the child and she is back to normal with only little scars seen on her body.