Events industry funds are helping to transform the livelihoods of families in Namuwongo, Uganda by supporting the Street Business School project delivered by Hope for Children and led by our Country Director Immaculate Kiiza.
Street Business School aims to support men and women living in the urban slum of Namuwongo, to become entrepreneurs, to build up their confidence and skill-sets as well as their incomes. Participants are taught key business skills such as money management, bookkeeping, market research and business planning and are mentored to build confidence to support the development of their small enterprises giving them economic empowerment to look after themselves and make the future bright for their families.
To date, 88 women have graduated with 66 of them now successfully running businesses. The remaining 22 are still working on setting up their businesses whilst being supported by the Hope for Children team in Kampala.
Thanks to fundraising at Clarion Events Christmas party, £1,000 was raised and, combined with £2,000 from tfconnect from both fundraising and a donation, has paid for 6 months training for another 35 women who are now part of the Street Business School cohort on the current 6 month programme.
Clarion Events HR Director Cheryl Busby said "We feel privileged to support a project that will empower women to set up successful businesses and so become role models for girls and other women in their community.
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If you are interested in donating towards the Street Business School initiative, we would love to hear from you.
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There are as many as 9,000 children living in Namuwongo
The best place for a child to grow up is within their loving family. Parents utilise their resourcefulness and determination through income-generation schemes to create a stable economic future and a better life for their children. Increasing household wealth will mean that parents no longer rely on their children to support the family income through working, and can afford school costs.
Events for Namuwongo (EFN) is a philanthropic network of events-industry companies who support our life-changing work with vulnerable children in the slum of Namuwongo, Uganda.
Education is the foundation to a happy, healthy and positive childhood, and it’s the single most effective way to alleviate poverty; every year of schooling adds 10% onto a children's earning potential. Yet in Uganda only 1 in 4 children go to secondary school, and in our project area of Namuwongo, thousands of primary and secondary school-age children are receiving no education.
EFN was established in September 2011 by Events Industry leaders at the Global Event Summit who decided to create an industry cause.
Since it was founded, EFN has raised over £900,000, a brilliant contribution that has meant huge improvements in the basic living conditions of the estimated 30,000 people in this slum community. Hundreds of children have been able to go to school; parents have achieved sustainable livelihoods; and the community has better access to healthcare and sanitation - including three EFN-funded toilet blocks.