Stitch Uganda Together
Stitch Uganda Together is a social entrepreneurship project providing beds to Uganda's homeless, while promoting cultural exchange opportunities through video, pen-pals, multi media presentations, and workshops to demonstrate the power of creativity and unity.
Creativity and Unity will fashion the life we want for ourselves and others.
KidSing director, Casey Yerxa, will be with us in Uganda to develop a cultural exchange project between students in New Brunswick and youth at the Good Samaritan school in Bunabumali. Each Kidsing student has a photo of their pen pal who will receive a book about what is important to them, and we will create videos interviewing all children, both Uganda and New Brunswick, asking what they could teach each other. This documentary film will be posted online and tour schools around New Brunswick.
Kidsing's 10th year anniversary show "Be the Change" will feature youth in New Brunswick singing songs they learned from youth in Bunabumali, and youth in Bunabumali singing via video songs Casey will teach them, so it will appear they are singing together on stage, much like the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music".
More Questions than Answers.
It is common to think rural people in Uganda are poor and sad, due to what we may consider a lower standard of living. Video shot in Bunabumali shows people are very happy. This makes us question: what do people need to be happy? What do we have to offer? What do people need to know to live healthier, more sustainable lives? Are we any happier or healthier with all that we have? Fortunate to be blessed with resources, do we have a responsibility (an ability to respond) in a way that will truly make a difference? We believe, yes! If we can help one child, then we change the world for that one child. But the question remains... what can we do to help create a sustainable life for the people of a small village in Uganda?
Our objective is to celebrate fulfillment through service, creativity and unity.
The premise of this documentary is that we have as much to gain from a relationship with people in Bunabumali as they do from us, if not more. Through the process of learning about what they need to be healthy and create a sustainable lifestyle, we will also learn to not take what we have for granted. Most of our food is not grown locally, but is transported thousands of miles. Availability of cheap oil and soil depletion as a result of chemical farming have put us in a precarious position, relying on many factors beyond our control for our most vital needs. In a short time... the tables could turn. Those living simple lifestyles in rural villages as they have for many generations will be a lot better off than people living - what is considered - a modern lifestyle dependant on global economics.
Located at the base of Mt.Elgon, Bunabumali is within a green dot on the satellite map of Eastern Africa, where there is an abundance of rainwater for growing plants. The political climate is very stable, without any sign of tribal or rebel warfare. This is a safe place to invite friends - who will together - build a playground and garden where orphans and seekers will come to learn natural building techniques, circus skills, literacy, languages, and methods to enrich the soil to grow everything needed to thrive as a community. This relationship will birth many documentaries and presentations to institutions around the world, which will result in a model for international skill-sharing and social development.
Sponsored by:The below video shows people in Bunabumali sewing hammocks using machines donated by the Action Hero Network. In the second part, Norman and I set up a hammock in the home of a young mother named Bess, sewn by students at Rothsay High School in New Brunswick, Canada. The final scene shows Cory entertaining children with hoop tricks.
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Good Samaritan Orphan & Needy School
This video shows a heart warming welcoming ceremony. Students sing and present gifts of fruits and vegetables. We create a circle, I dance with my hoop, and then everyone takes turns playing with the hoop. The welcome song carries on for ten minutes-- singing and clapping. Did that really happen? Yes, it did, but now it seems like an unbelievable dream I couldn't explain without this proof. The head teacher of a school in Bunabumali, Uganda talks about the basic needs of students and teachers, seeking help from the global community, inviting everyone to visit the beautiful rural village. Meeting teachers in Bunabumali and sharing the vision of creating an Endless Summer Camp in their village, where people from around the world can come to work and play. Clothing design ideas for Kidsing students with Cory Richardson Okello Francis at Life in Africa in Gulu, northern Uganda, talks about how the government forced villagers into IDP camps, saying that they wanted to separate normal people from rebels. Those who resisted were killed. People have been displaced from their homes for so long, they don't know where home is anymore, if they have a home to return to at all.
Cory Richardson talks about Tribes education and Stitch Uganda Together
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Our next gathering in Bunabumali, Uganda will be November and December 2009.
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Heroes working on Bunabumali project
Ben Koot -- Norman
Norman and Lucy in Kampala, Uganda.
Let the villages of the future live in our imagination,
so that we might one day, come to live in them.
- Mahatma Gandhi
I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world. - Socrates (5th Century B.C.)
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