SUUBI CENTRE is a Ugandan NGO who, in collaboration with HELPUSGROW, works to promote the development of Lubanda Village rural community. Their idea is to create an empowering environment where people freely can work for self-development. There is no doubt that the best way to progress is to learn, and this is what they are betting for. They are offering training to children and adults and supporting personal projects. They also set up a clinic which, besides giving treatment, makes an invisible but very valuable task of promoting health and educating the locals. The centre is based on empowerment, ensuring that paternalism is not tolerated and is not affiliated with any religious groups.
David is the soul of the project. He encourages everybody to achieve their goals, and Helen looks for the resources to make it possible. The best is the way they do it: they are a community. The questions are discussed with all those involved. And rural Ugandan character is open and flexible with their own ideas. Working together, along with great pragmatism- I think these are their strengths.
THE KNITTING GROUP
Suubi Centre is the umbrella project, under which is the knitting group. The ladies from the knitting group work very hard and with genuine commitment to make their mark on this project. Mostly they are mothers and farmers. Some of them are relatives, here families are big. Their hands are skilful, used to crafts and other works. And knitting is something that can be made everywhere, with few tools, whilst still enjoying and sharing the afternoon with friends. Between us, there is a huge cultural, social and also linguistic divide… but it was easy to find a way to work together, which was honest and clear. Like us, they want to make this project work, and enjoy the journey.
And all of us are aware that behind every pair of knitting hands are a family too. We hope you like ILIKEMYSOCKS!