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…