The phones arrived safely. Alison has just got back from a visit where she saw how the phones have changed farmers lives radically, helping them to develop their businesses on a scale that wouldn’t have been posible without the them. Pictured is Demon (at Parabong in Northern Uganda) who lost his brother in the conflict with Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in the 90s. His brother was one of a large group of people forced to lie down in a row whilst they were decapitated one by one leaving a river of blood running away from the local school where the massacre had taken place. The school didn’t reopen until 2010.
Alison updates her blog when she can, it’s well worth a read. She picked up copies of the farmer’s five year plans for coffee growing – a new venture – on her recent trip and will be assisting with promoting and developing these, including finding a way into the UK coffee market. She’ll be working with farmers to trade directly to the UK.
Phones are always welcome. If you are able to donate an old phone (with charger please!) email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to drop it off in KX.
(Personal note from Sophie to her neighbours – thanks for being so understanding whilst Alison’s lovely dog Gypsy stayed with us during Alison’s trip to Uganda. It makes a big difference for Alison to know Gypsy’s in good hands whilst she’s away)