Kisoro Uganda leaders

Leaders’ Day in Kisoro

  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…

Shooting Celebrities With Photographer Graham Reading

Graham Reading’s photographs of society events have graced the pages of the national media for years. He joins Lullaby Africa to tell the behind the camera stories of how he gets the best celebrity pictures. Enjoy his talk in our café style event, with a glass of wine and some savoury treats. You can also hear the latest news from…

An Audience with Charlie Dimmock – book now for our fab fundraiser!

Now that Isobel and Helen are back from Uganda, we are excited to announce our next fundraising venture! On 29th June, we will be welcoming Charlie Dimmock, TV personality and gardening guru for ‘An Audience with…’ event! Charlie is best known for presenting BBC’s ‘Ground Force’ and ITV’s ‘River Walks’, and she wrote a gardening column for ‘Mail on Sunday’…

Our leaders do things their way

November/ December 2016 I was back in Kisumu after a year, discussing progress with Lillian, who oversees the baby bonding groups for us when we are not around.  Since the last visit, 6 months ago, she has taught a new group of women about baby bonding and found leaders there.  We talked about the increasing burden of visiting more and…

Caroline’s Clarendon Way Challenge

A muddy marathon-length personal triathlon, March 2017. Cycling from Winchester to Broughton (14 miles), walking from Broughton to Pitton (6 miles), and running from Pitton to Salisbury (5 miles). Raising funds for my third trip with Lullaby Africa to Kisumu, Kenya, April 2017.

Rain can’t stop Kisoro mothers learning to bond

Kisoro was moving and humbling. We watched as a mother ploughed towards us, barefoot, through the mud, her baby on her back. The September rain sheeted down and the wicker basket on her head provided scant protection from the elements. She kept on, keen to find sanctuary in the church, keen to discover a better way to improve her child’s…

Dorset knitters come to the rescue with Lullaby Africa teddies

Knitters from Burton [near Christchurch, Dorset] have come to the rescue before Lullaby Africa leaves for Uganda at the beginning of September. Helen Howes and Isobel Tutt-Leppard are due to run baby-bonding classes in the Ugandan town of Kisoro in September. But they were running short of the knitted teddies they take to provide a toy for the babies and toddlers…

Read our latest Newsletter for info on next Uganda trip and Congo invitation

Helen Howes has just sent the latest Lullaby Africa newsletter to our e-mail supporters. The newsletter highlights: The next trip to Uganda, undertaken by Helen and Isobel Tutt-Leppard in September. An invitation we have had to take the work into the Democratic Republic of Congo, via a hospital in Goma Details of the next Lullaby Africa fundraising event – a…

Baby bonding takes root in Kisumu

Lullaby Africa trustee, Helen Revans gives some impressions of her most recent trip to Kisumu in Kenya, where the baby bonding teaching is really taking root. Monday First proper day in Kisumu. As we walked, we invited women and their babies to the workshops. It was super hot. On the way home, we bought a couple of ice-lollies. We gave…

All the other children come to listen

Ever wondered what impact Lullaby Africa has? Listen here to one Kenyan mum’s testimony of how all the other children gather round to listen as she sings to her own child. Helen Revans, a Lullaby Africa trustee and qualified teacher who is just back from Kenya, told this story at the Lullaby Africa fundraising garden party, held in Winchester on…

Thank you

Thank you to the lovely people who knit teddies for us.  If you are one of those people who post them, please give us your email address if you would like an acknowledgement.  We’re hoping to make two further trips in the autumn, so we will use all you send us.

Hundreds come to Baby Bonding sessions

We’ve just returned from the beautiful region of Kisoro in Southern Uganda.  It is beautiful, the people are gentle and kind in the main, and I think I’ve left part of my heart there.  We are working with the church of Uganda, which is helpful because they are supportive and have much influence in the community. We worked in three new…

Knitting a teddy for Lullaby Africa is a different kind of donation, but it has real value for traumatised children and mothers in Uganda and Kenya.

Jane talks to BBC Radio Solent as a ‘Julian’s Person’!

If you’re a regular BBC Radio Solent listener, you might have heard our trustee, Jane Aslet, talking to Julian Clegg on his breakfast show today! In the short segment, Julian and Jane chatted about Lullaby Africa and our work bringing song and play to the poverty-stricken communities of Africa. Julian was particularly interested to hear about our volunteer-knitted teddies, which…

Next visits to Africa!

This spring we are planning two visits to Africa: Jane is going with Helen R. to Kisumu, Kenya to work with Pastor Joseph and Lillian in two new areas and to revisit some of the weaker groups. They will also meet with Lillian to discuss how the visits we are sponsoring are growing the work.  There will be a leaders’ day…

One of our Heroes

On our last afternoon in Kenya, we walked down into Obunga slum to greet my friend Everlyne’s children at her request. Everlyne is a widow of about 50 years of age. She lives in a simple two roomed mud house with no electricity or sanitation with her three children. P goes to school. C is 22 and is mentally and physically…

Week 1 Kisoro

We are back in the beautiful town of Kisoro, nestled in the mountains of south west Uganda. We’ve had two groups this week, one mainly consisting of ‘working women’ from the area around the Cathedral, and the other comprising women from the rural villages around the guest house. These people live in tiny slum houses with no electricity or sanitation.…

Severe neglect absolutely destroys a child’s chances in life.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/9637682/Whats-the-difference-between-these-two-brains.html?fb_ref=Default Images of the brains of two three-year-old children clearly showing the effects of neglect – What’s the difference between these two brains? Take a careful look at the image of two brains on this page. The picture is of the brains of two three-year-old children. It’s obvious that the brain on the left is much bigger than the one…

Why play matters

Our trip ended with to groups of about 50 young women with their babies and toddlers. There is no evidence of playfulness at all. We teach ‘Nakuona’ (Peep-bo) and explain how play grows the brain.

Working in ‘The Rural’

We were taken to a tiny church in the bush full of Grandmothers, old men [ church leaders] and younger women- but not a baby in sight!   They listened intently, and answered questions demonstrating their understanding. So often here we are at the mercy of our less than perfect understanding of Luo culture and Africans’ complete lack of understanding of…

Breaking New Ground

We have spent the week in two very deprived slums. Initially women were  reluctant to come, but by the end of the week we had fifteen mothers in each area.  The morning group were really responsive, massaging and playing with their babies with obvious enjoyment.  They have decided to continue to meet to encourage each other, and to teach other women.…

Baby Bonding Spreads!

Today we had our second leaders’ meeting.  12 women and 3 men attended.  The men all said that they want to help other men be good fathers and love their babies.  Of the women,  6  were new leaders and 3 were unknown to us.  All of the women are holding baby bonding groups and also teaching other women individually.   We…

Bonnie – A transformed toddler

Lucy started talking to her baby, Bonnie, when she was a week old, after coming to one of our sessions.  Then we met her again when Bonnie was about one.  Lucy learned from us that ‘it is possible to play with a baby’.  When we returned and Bonnie was two Lucy ran up to me with delight, saying ‘Now my baby is ‘bright!’  We…