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Welcome to Amigos' May Newsletter!
It's been a busy time at Kira Farm Development Centre as we have been hosting a five day workshop with 30 farming group leaders and pastors from northern Uganda. These key people have been learning about effective leadership, conflict resolution, time management and business skills.
This is just the beginning of a very exciting journey as we invest in these leaders to ensure the conservation farming groups are a big success as the lives of some of the poorest people are transformed through the work of their own hands.
Within two years these precious communities will have enough to eat and a surplus to sell, providing an income to pay for medicine and send their children to school. It's life changing stuff!
Enjoy catching up on all the latest news from Uganda and the UK!
Love, Team Amigos 

'With this new skill I am going to be able to help lots of young girls and women by teaching them how to make their own sanitary pads'

Kira Farm trainee, Caroline, has been learning how to make re-usable sanitary pads in this month's tailoring class. 'I can't tell you how relieved I am to be learning how to do this. It has always been hard for me to buy sanitary pads and many girls in my village have dropped out of school because they can't afford pads and end up using leaves and rags which sometimes cause infections.' Simple solutions!
He's a multi-talented guy! Joshua, Youth Empowerment Co-ordinator at Kira Farm, has been training students like Caroline in making re-usable sanitary pads.

Sadly Missed

Dave Butt recently passed away in Pilton, North Devon. Dave was a fantastic supporter and fundraiser for Amigos and gave huge amounts of time and energy to the charity over the years.

'Dave was a true gem and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet,' says Phil Pugsley. 'Dave came up with the idea of Amigos setting up school visits to our projects in Uganda and thanks to him we run numerous trips every year now. He helped organise our Fun Days and was always at the end of the phone whenever we needed anything. Dave will be sorely missed.'

'I used to treat my wife like a dog' 

Jackson is part of an Amigos' farming group, but he hasn't just been learning about growing crops, he's learnt a new way of living.
Often poverty can lead to drinking and domestic violence - the farming groups are addressing these problems head on. 
'I'm really enjoying the training, smiles Jackson. 'I've been learning about a whole new lifestyle where men and women are equal.
'Traditionally in African homes men take the lion's share of food and money and women are regarded as second class citizens,' he explains.
After the training Jackson's eyes were opened. See here for the full story. 

Congratulations to Richard Uffendell who completed the London Marathon in 5.16 hours wearing a bio-sand water filter strapped to his back!! If you would like to congratulate Richard with a donation to Amigos, there is still time! Donate here 

Computer training at Kira
It's time for computer training at Kira - many of the students have never laid eyes on one before so they are all very excited. 'Our country is developing quickly and I'm so glad that, despite my low level of education, I'm getting a chance to learn IT skills so I won't be left behind.' Esther, Kira Farm trainee.
 
‘I’d developed a hatred towards all men, but now I’m learning to get along with them socially'

Maureen, 25, joined Kira Farm in January and it was immediately obvious she wasn’t comfortable around men.
Her bad feelings stemmed from the fact that her father had abandoned her as a child and when she fell pregnant as a teenager, her boyfriend also abandoned her.
Read more about Maureen's story of healing and forgiveness here
'A sound night's sleep!'
Some of the Amigos' sponsored children in Lira have used their Christmas gifts to buy mattresses. A big thank you to all the sponsors who have generously donated! Would you like to sponsor a child?
Don't miss this great event which is raising funds for Amigos! Last year Osborns Models raised a phenomenal £2500 for charity. Miss it - miss out! www.osbornsmodels.com

THANK YOU! 

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who so generously donates to Amigos, we really appreciate you. You are the lifeblood of our work! Thank you for standing with us and believing in a better future for some of the poorest people in Uganda. You are Amigos!
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