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Chicken business

Posted June 26, 2012 in General 2008 Lilly bought her first chicken. Today she has over 40 of them. She breeds and sells the chickens for additional income. She has even given each of her sons two chickens to teach them responsibility and small business practices!

Children of Mend

Posted June 26, 2012 in General

Safeguarding the health of the seamstresses and their children is one of our highest priorities at Mend. We recently held a three day training on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in coordination with Reproductive Health Uganda to provide the ladies with the knowledge and tools to deliver quality care to their children in the critical first five years of development and beyond.

Often, in the developing world, mothers may choose to deliver and treat child illnesses from home. Yet, knowing when to contact a trained health provider is critical. The goals of the training were to review pre and post natel care, demonstrate proper management and treatment of common diseases in children and dispel common myths and misconceptions surrounding child development.

“The ladies were so excited and interested to learn more about childhood diseases and their proper management,” said Evelyn, Mend’s full time social worker. “This training will help ensure all of the seamstresses’s children mature into healthy adults.”

A few months ago, we invited the Mend seamstresses to bring all of their children to the center for a very special photo shoot celebrating Mother’s Day. These are a few of our favorite outtakes!

Together at Mend

Posted June 15, 2012 in General

Little did we know when we asked Acayo Margret and Adong Florence to join Mend earlier this year that the two are best friends! Living in the same neighborhood the two often walk to the local market together, share meals and visit each other’s homes. There is a lot of laughter when these two are together! But they also love to discuss their dreams for the future. Now, with your support, those dreams are closer than ever.

Powering up!

Posted June 15, 2012 in General

One of the biggest challenges Mend faces is maintaining a consistent energy supply to power our 25 electric sewing machines and other equipment. The power in northern Uganda can be unpredictable so having a generator is a necessity! As we have expanded over the past year, adding 10 new seamstresses and new systems, we have outgrown our small generator.

So today was an exciting day at Mend as we received a brand new, super powerful generator! Look out for lots more bags coming your way soon!

Acayo Margret

Posted May 30, 2012 in General

We are so excited for you to get to know Acayo Margret, one of our newest seamstresses, and her children: Labeja Moses, Okello Francis, Onen-Can Denis and Lanyero Gloria.

Margret was held captive by the LRA for over ten years. But today, thanks to your support, she is rebuilding her life. She is able to send her three oldest to school and cook nourishing food, including beans, Gloria’s favorite!

Learn as you Earn

Posted May 30, 2012 in General

“Learn as you earn” is an important principle at Mend.

A key component of this belief is our Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) class. Taught by Evelyn, the Mend social worker, FAL provides skills in reading, writing and numeracy integrated with practical knowledge and skills. FAL is designed not only to increase literacy but also to promote informed decision making and the use of literacy and numeracy skills to improve income generating activities.

Congratulations to all of the Mend seamstresses for their continued achievements!

Favorite Photo Friday

Posted May 30, 2012 in General

Videos of our newest seamstresses are in the works! Here, Atek Lilly gives her best smile.

Seamstress of the Month: Atek Lilly

Posted May 23, 2012 in General

Lilly joined the Mend family in February, and only 3 months later she has earned the title of Seamstress of the Month. She may be new, but Lilly has integrated seamlessly into the Mend program, even counseling and advising the other new seamstresses along the way.

Lilly likes the structure of her workday at Mend which keeps her busy and learning new skills. In her previous work, she used a foot-operated sewing machine, so she was most excited to learn how to operate an electric machine.

“She is positive, eager to learn new things, and very focused on her work,” said Richard, the Tailoring Supervisor at Mend.

Lilly is a single mother raising four boys, so she uses her income from Mend to pay school fees and buy food. She is also saving any extra money she earns so that one day she can build a house for all of them to live in. Well done, Lilly!

Coming soon

Posted May 14, 2012 in General


Stacked up and ready to leave Gulu…these bags will be available online soon!

Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours!

Posted May 14, 2012 in General