Help Sheringham church prepare for Uganda mission
Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham will be hosting another “Sewathon” at the end of this month to provide goods for women in Uganda, prior to a visit there from a team from Lighthouse next month. Tony Rothe reports.
The Sheringham church supports a school and church project in a small village called Lumpewe in Uganda, and has set up a charity called Reed People to help with developing the school, and provide necessary training and equipment.
A team of eight local people will be heading off to Uganda on October 17 for ten days to embark on their latest support mission.
Jo Mutton, from the project, explains: “Haley Griggs and myself will be providing reusable sanitary wear for the women and showing them how to make their own items. We will undertake a feeding programme for the community as well as supporting teachers in class. Derek Baldry, Andy Holt, Martin Fleetcroft and Ian Mutton will engage with the men of the community, supporting them holistically and working alongside them on local projects. Valerie Ridley along with the local school nurse will continue offering basic health checks/treatment on the village children.”
In order to prepare for the visit, there will be another Sewathon at Lighthouse, on Saturday September 28, from 9am until 1pm. The main task will be to make drawstring bags which can hold personal items, as this offers the Ugandan women privacy, protection and dignity. Anyone who wishes to be involved is warmly welcome to come along and help, whether or not they can sew.
Elaine Fisher, from Reed People, says “We want to thank everyone for making our previous sewing marathons such industrious, happy events. Due to popular demand the Sewathon is back, albeit a mini one – It will just be the morning this year, not all day or all night! We'll be making drawstring bags for the girls and ladies and we will be filling them with knickers, a bra and reusable sanitary towels. These will be packed up on the day for transportation to Uganda with our team in October. If you are able to donate knickers, or vacuum packing bags for transportation, that would be wonderful. But above all - bring yourself! We really appreciate what our volunteers do to help us make a difference to this community in Uganda.”
As in previous Sewathons, there will be plenty of jobs for those who don't sew, including cutting out materials, sorting out the contents for the bags, and packing everything into vacuum packed bags, so everyone is encouraged to get involved.
Please bring your own sewing machine if you can, with an extension lead if possible.
Please bring some scissors, (or pinking shears), even if you are not sewing.
Free refreshments will be available during the morning, but any donations to cover costs will be welcome.
There will be no children’s facilities available this time.
Donations of ladies’ knickers (size 6-14), vacuum packing bags, ribbon or cord (for draw strings) and, of course, cake for the sewing team, will be very gratefully received. Ideally, please bring donations on the day. If you need to deliver beforehand then please drop off at SMG Architects in Station Approach, Sheringham, or text/call Jo on 07876113035. Please don’t leave anything at Lighthouse before the event without prior arrangement.
Elaine concludes: “On behalf of the community in Lumpewe, Uganda, we want to thank everyone so much for their continued interest and support to help improve the quality of life for the girls and women there.”
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