Lullaby Africa helps traumatised and disadvantaged mothers, fathers and carers in Kenya and Uganda to bond and form a healthy, natural attachment with their babies and toddlers.
Mothers neither sing nor play with their children. Children are silent and unaffectionate.
Lullaby Africa is a Christian charity, at present working with local community leaders in nine slums around Kisumu, Kenya, and Kisoro in Uganda. We work with anyone of any religion or none, wherever we are invited.
Our work is bearing fruit in hundreds of lives, but many more communities are still silent. Lullabies and the workshops that Lullaby Africa delivers are a route into those communities. But we need your help.
So please, get in touch. Find out how you can get involved. We’d love to hear from you.
Many of the adults we help live in fear of violence and retribution. For this reason, we maintain the confidentiality of our clients by changing their names.
Sir Richard Bowlby tries to promote a wider understanding of the work of
his late father, Dr John Bowlby, the psychiatrist and pioneer of
Attachment Theory. Sir Richard writes:
“Lullaby Africa aims to apply the principles of Attachment Theory in a worthwhile and practical manner in order to support the emergent relationship between mother and baby”.
Debi Maskell-Graham, author of ‘Reflective Functioning and Play’ , and Director of UK-based charity ‘Big Toes Little toes’.
“The baby bonding work carried out by Lullaby Africa is literally life changing. The research is crystal clear; children who enjoy a “good enough” attachment relationship with a parent or carer do better across the whole lifespan. They are happier, healthier, do better educationally and socially and most importantly are shown to go on to give their own children the very best start too. Prevention is indeed better than cure!”
From the blog:
These women walked for about an hour to reach the Lullaby Africa leaders’ day in Kisoro. They are a lovely bunch who show real attachment with their babies and toddlers, and lead seven groups of 20-50 women. They have built supportive relationships within their groups. Helen, Maggie and the local leaders had fun thinking of many different games to play…