A House for Gertrude
Gertrude and her four grandchildren live in
appalling and perilous
conditions in Kasanja Village, Uganda.
mud hut, they call home, is
at risk of collapse during the wet season and uninvited house guests, rodents and snakes, frequently make their way through the holes in the walls.
Please help us raise money to improve their living conditions.
A new house would allow the small amount of household income Gertrude earns to go towards regular food and to support school attendance for her grandchildren.
Gertrude works hard as much as her age, 76, permits and struggles to make ends meet.
The family's day to day life is one of constant fear, hunger
At the beginning of 2019 through The Great Generation's former project participants, the lives of
two other grandmothers and their grandchildren in Uganda
were transformed through a new house for each family.
Our longstanding relationships in these communities enabled us to negotiate the purchase of land and with the Community Council to ensure ownership of the land, and the house is secured in the grandmothers' names and inheritance via the female grandchildren.
This ensures future quality of life and a secure home for the family, and is a breakthrough at local level in terms of recognising family rights through the women rather than the traditional way with men owning the assets.
Our local partner, St. Francis, supports this investment by finding a local builder, procuring the supplies and project managing the build.
A new house takes approx. 4 - 6 weeks to complete, we would love to see Gertrude and her grandchildren in a new home before the wet season begins in March.
Projects in 2020 with
15 - 18 year old
students will continue to develop the homes including the creation of home gardens for food along with donating mattresses, mosquito nets and a goat.
See further photographs.
Please help us make Gertrude's life happier and give her grandchildren the safe home they deserve.