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We have learned that children can also play a significant part in community projects and in raising income for their families. Children meet and discuss what projects they can initiate in order to alleviate the financial burdens on their care-takers and to provide a small income towards school materials, clothing and future investments. While the children’s initiatives start small, the impact on their lives and the lives of their families can be significant:

The Gift of Giving

At first, because of our limited resources, we were only able to support one child per family. We would provide this child with the seeds necessary to start their first economic project in order for them to raise the money to purchase their school books. But over time, this started to raise dilemmas. Why were we favoring this one child in the family? What about other siblings? If we were not careful, our approach could start to cause conflict in the family. So we had to think about this and redefine our strategy. We asked the children and parents in the community for their ideas and they came up with a beautiful idea.

They said; Why not let the child you have supported give a gift to the other children in their family? This will bind the relationship. This will be reconciling. And it will enable the other children to start projects of their own. We can give to our children and at the same time teach them the ‘gift of giving’. This way will be self-sustaining.

And so emerged a key philosophy of our project: ‘The Gift of Giving’. Now, if a child or adult is involved in a poultry project, they will give one of their chickens to a sibling or to another family who is looking to initiate a poultry project. If a child is growing vegetables to raise money for school fees, they will give enough money to their siblings to buy seeds so that they can start to grow their own. These are small gifts, but they are very significant.

Most importantly, this approach strengthens relations in families and communities. It encourages both individual and collective economic projects. And it de-centralizes us as workers. This philosophy is at the heart of the Mt Elgon Self-Help community project: The more we give, the more we receive.

It takes 100,000 Uganda Shillings ($50) to support a child with a project.

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Mt. Elgon Self-Help Community Project on 10th/November/ 2011 won a green award by International Labour Organisation under the Youth Entreprenureship Facility.>> read more

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