Strange question you might think and like my friend Margs you would probably think I have lost the plot, her answer to this question was “I would make a beef Casserole”!!
But when Helen Kongai a woman in a remote African village in Easterrn Uganda it literary changed her life. Helen’s story is typical of a lot of women that escaped the war in nothern Uganda, with her husband, mother and son dead, Helen faced a bleak life until the charity SEND A COW came to her rescue by giving her a cow.
I listened to Helen’s story on BBC Radio 4 with great interest. her story should give some comfort to those who support the charity SEND A COW as they can hear first hand the impact of their contributions on other’s lives. The reason this story interests me is two fold, I am a great believer in “giving people the tools to face day to day challenges” or helping them help themselves out of poverty.
Helen said something that resonated with me: in certain parts of Africa women are still treated as personal property of men. This might mean when the husband dies the woman’s place in society may die with that man or that as in Helen’s case she loses her material possessions since her in laws may not recognise her as a person in her own right.
Projects such as SEND A COW or ETHNIC SUPPLIES LTD give such women a sense of identity, the right to be who they want to be, a chance to earn an income using their skills and best of all dignity.
Helen was given a voice and a chance to share her story and in her own words and incredibly she does not ask for more AID. Helen is currently touring UK farms and is sharing her skills on sustainable farming in the light of increased climate change
If you would like to change people’s lives, the way that Helen’s life was changed please get in touch http://www.ethnicsupplies.co.uk/contact/