Developing woodworking skills in Uganda

Kids Club Kampala (KCK) is a brilliant example of a charity that is exploring ways of teaching woodworking to impoverished members of a slum community in Uganda, helping them to ‘craft’ their way out of poverty by providing them with the tools and skills they need. Jonathan Fraser tells us more



Kids Club Kampala (KCK) is a Christian organisation, which aims to bring hope and love to vulnerable children and to transform poor communities in Uganda.

Founded in 2009 by Corrie Fraser and colleague Olivia Barker, the charity was set up to overcome the lack of hope and self-esteem of children living in situations of extreme poverty, and works to empower children and women from disadvantaged communities to bring about sustainable changes through different development projects. KCK work with some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the urban slums of Kampala, Uganda, currently reaching over 4,000 children and their families every week, with a fantastic team of over 100 local volunteers who give up their time and energy to care for the children in their communities. Projects include children’s activities, feeding programmes, clothing projects, a school sponsorship programme, women’s initiatives, community development programmes, a music and dance project and a football league, a project supporting abandoned children, plus the recently introduced carpentry project.

The charity runs alongside their in-country Director, Samuel Wambayo, a local Ugandan, who received funding to build a carpentry workshop in one of the main slums in Uganda. This slum has virtually no employment with people struggling to meet the most basic of human needs, such as the provision of food, clothes and clean water. The carpentry project was developed in response to a need highlighted by some of the members of the slum community themselves.

Read the full article in Good Woodworking June 2017

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