Kirabo means gift in the Lugandan language. That’s why we named our little girl such an unusual African name, however to live in America and not struggle with the pronunciation problems (keer-ahh-boe) we chopped the name down to Kira. And she’s as spunky as the name feels spilling off the tongue. Her presence in our family is a gift from God and from Uganda.
The store we opened on line is full of excellent gifts hand made from women in Uganda. When someone buys a gift/Kirabo from our store, the gift gives twice. Most people I know love to receive a gift that helped someone else with need. Imagine the purchase of a bracelet pays for the salary of Kiah for one day when she tutors our children to learn more than they are receiving in school. She shows them how to explore their imagination, think for themselves, and read the story books we’ve hauled to Africa in our suitcases. She also keeps them from getting idle and in trouble! Isn’t that the best spent $18 you can imagine?
Could it be possible that the purchase of a $35 necklace or a $36 summer tote bag would feed a child for a month? It is. That’s satisfaction.
When I was stocking up my beaded bracelet supply from a woman who creates them by hand I tried to clear out her inventory with all the colors I know would sell here. The pile was substantial but not as magnificent as the smile on her face when I gave her a stack of Ugandan shillings. She could put two children in school for a year with what I gave her. And by selling it here we can continue to help orphaned children have a family and a home in her country. It’s a full circle.
It costs around $300 to pay for one child to go to school in Uganda. It costs more for the better schools and higher classes, and sometimes less for schools with lower standards. This is an amount that most Ugandan women do not earn in a year. It is so difficult to earn the funds to educate the number of children one mom has to raise. They feel hopeless. And children without parents? Sigh.
What happens in a country where half the population is under the age of 15 and they aren’t getting educated? I don’t want to find out. Instead, I follow my passion about children having the opportunity to go to school and become all they can be as they work hard and find their way out of the circumstances where they were born. If we sell 15 necklaces for $20 a child can go to school for a year. That’s why we do this. That’s why I am asking you to shop in our store! That’s why it matters for you to ask your facebook friends to shop in our store. We can make a difference one Kirabo at a time.
If you visit our Kirabo Seeds facebook page there is a give away of the “Phionah Bracelet”. The guidelines are there to enter the drawing. I hope you will feel the urgency to help us help children in Uganda. Every ten dollar bracelet make a difference in a child’s life. Thanks! http://www.kiraboseeds.storenvy.com