The need is immense – much of sub-Saharan Africa suffers severe trauma, war and famine. But changing communities takes many years and we are determined to develop services which last.
In essence, Lullaby Africa goes where we are invited.
We began in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, with a population around 400,000 bordering Lake Victoria. In 2010, we met Phoebe Ongango, a community leader who ran an orphanage, church and school in the Obunga slum. She now lives at Bondo and has oversight of many indigenous churches.
Following a pilot study in the slums, we are now working in nine slums in the area.
As the Kisumu project expanded, we were introduced to Kisoro. a rural community in south west Uganda, near the border with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We were invited by the Mother’s Union and Bishop of Muhabura.
They have invited us to run workshops with mothers in their community, where very few people graduate from secondary school and endure a hand-to-mouth existence.
In the face of overwhelming need, we are working to entrench our work in these locations, so the mothers and fathers can teach and learn from one another. We are also seeking wisdom on where to expand next, as we have been asked to do more in Kenya and Uganda and have also been invited to take the service into Rwanda.
“A seminal moment occurred when Phoebe nursed a sick baby through the night. She sang to him and he quietened; she talked to him and he ‘talked’ back. Phoebe has experienced the power of an attachment relationship for herself.”