Awamu's epic vegetable garden project, Kampala
£2,112 raised
30% of £7.1k goal
128 contributors
5 Years running

Awamu's sunflower growing challenge is back...and this time we mean business!

Last year you helped us raise an epic £2000 towards our food garden project - thank you.

This year we need to raise £5000 to complete our project - the biggest costs are for rainwater harvesting points which are vital as families in the slums have to buy water from meter points. 

We hope you can help us beat our target and have some fun by joining the challenge too. Let the growing commence!


After the success of our pilot gardening project, helping the women we work with in the slums of Kampala create food gardens to feed the vulnerable children in their care, we now need to roll it out to help more children.

But hold on a minute (I hear you say), I thought awamu was about education for children... why are vegetable gardens so vital? 

The simple fact is, hungry children can't learn.

Sadly, many of the families we work with live on less than 50p a day, most of the children are lucky if they get one meal a day. Typically that meal will be a bowl of maize porridge, which contains little nutritional value.

Lack of food means most of the children we work with go to school hungry, so first and foremost we're trying to break down the barriers that stand in the way of our children getting the education that is vital to their future.

Many of the children Awamu work with were born with HIV they are on ARV medication, which they must take 2-3 times a day. The medication MUST be taken with food or it makes them REALLY sick, causing a lot of pain and potentially long-term damage.

As the kids live in an urban area there is little very little space available for growing food, no good topsoil and a lot of contamination from open drains.

But we have a plan that we know works!

We have already piloted the first phase of gardening project in 2014/15. We built 60 raised bed vegetable gardens with mum's like Grace and it's having a huge impact on their health, education and income.

We're so astounded at the impact the gardens have had that we want be able to build more with other families in need and create an extra garden that we can use to help children like Jamila and Butambala (pictured below) in emergency situations.

I took this photo when we went to visit them at their home after hearing that their father had been hospitalised again and they were living alone. Their father has HIV and spends long periods of time in hospital, and with no other relatives to help the children are left to fend for themselves.

The awesome women we work with are their only safety net, they visit the children regularly to make sure they are well, are going to school - extra gardens would mean that we had food to help children like Jamila and her brother.

To complete the project we need to raise £7,061 to build 60 gardens, two rain water harvesting points and two community plots to use to feed children in emergencies. That works out at £108.63 per garden or (as there are on average 4 children household that we are targeting) just £27.20 per child.

 All the money we raise will buy soil, seeds, tools and training for families and help us build two ‘orphan gardens’ that will help to feed children like Jamila and her brother for many years to come.

How you can help:

1. Give a donation of whatever you can afford to help us build our gardens.

This is what your gift will help to buy....

  • £5.56 will buy a watering can
  • £9.26 will cover the cost of training one mum 
  • £27.20 will cover the cost of a garden for one child 
  • £48 will buy 12 tree saplings 
  • £108.63 will cover the cost of a garden for one family 
  • £278 will cover the cost of materials for building gardens for the whole project 
  • £500 will cover the cost of training all 60 families 
  • £889 will cover the cost of all the soil we will need to truck in to grow healthy, nutritious food
  • £1,100 will by all the materials and labour needed to build our underground rain water harvesting (vital that we start to use rain water as families in the slums have to buy water from meter points).
  • £1,389 will buy all the seed for 60 families

2. Buy your friends and family our beautiful  Sunflower cushion covers, your purchase will cover the cost of training and tree saplings for one family in the slums of Kampala.

We’ll post them to your friend with a gift card explaining how their gift has helped with a personal message from you. (don't forget to leave their name and address when buying).  Visit our on-line shop now.

3. Give a contribution as a gift for a loved one and we'll send it along with a gift card explaining how your gift has helped to support vulnerable children in Kampala.

With Love and thanks,

Emma, Steve and Kerry…and everyone at awamu.

PS. want to go a step further to change a child's life?   Get in touch to find out how to set up a regular gift and support a child through school.

PPS. Find out who won our 2015 sunflower challenge here. 

Awamu is a registered cic no. 7818944


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Sunflower seeds
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This will buy a watering can for one family and you can claim your a packet of sunflower seeds & join our international growing compettion. Final measuring day will be September 15th (see more information on our website: don't forget to add your address when making a contribution so we can send you your seeds.
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Sunflower cushion cover & seeds
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This will cover the cost of training one mum and by sapplings for her garden

You can claim a beautiful sunflower cushion cover handmade for your by Sarah Kabenge in Kampala and we''l send you your sunflower seeds so you can join in our sunflower growing challenge see more about the challenge on our website:

Don't forget to leave your name and address when making your contribution so we can send your cover and seeds. THANK YOU!
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Cushion covers, seeds & a personal thank you
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This will cover the cost of a garden for a whole family!

You can claim a set of beautiful sunflower cushion covers handmade for by Sarah Kabenge in Kampala, we'll also send you your sunflower seeds so you can join in our sunflower growing challenge (to read more about the challenge visit our website: and when the project happens, you'll get a special thank you for the family you've helped.

Don't forget to leave your name & address when making your contribution so we can send your covers and seeds. THANK YOU!
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