Awamu means ‘together’ in L’uganda, the main language spoken in the slums of Kampala.

We chose it as it reflects the spirit of the networks of determined women we work with there.

We believe every child deserves somebody like Nabuule on their side.

Many children we work with are HIV positive. Their guardians, often elderly, ill and poor, are also in need of support, as the wellbeing of children in their care is inextricably linked to theirs.

We know that children do best when they are supported and cared for in their own communities, among extended families, friends, and neighbours.

Awamu’s approach is to ensure children get the education and skills that are vital to their future whilst also helping those caring for them to their guardians gain the skills and, confidence and to regain control of their lives and look after the children in their care.

This work is only possible because of your support and the drive and the drive and determination of the women we work with in the slums of Kampala.

Changing lives everyday

Nabuule and volunteers like her are the driving force behind transforming the lives of children like Fahad and Shifra in the slums of Bwaise and Kikoni.

Nabuule is a widow and a mother, many of her own family have died of aids AIDS related illnesses. She is the sole provider for own children, her sister who has lost her sight, her sisters children and two foster children – Fahad and Shifra.

Yet along with a network of other women, who have all been similarly affected by HIV, she also gives her time and energy to help the most vulnerable in her community.

Helping those most in need

Nabuule, and team of volunteers, walk the streets of the slums seeking out children and adults in need of their support. They encourage adults to confront their fears, navigate the medical system and offer care and protection to those who are too weak to look after themselves or their families.

They reach out to children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused, ensuring they adhere to their medication, never miss a hospital appointment, that they feel safe and have someone to turn to when they are scared.

Their support means the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable in their community.

Through our unique model we are helping women and children by giving them the skills they need to transform their future:


  • We provide scholarships to the most vulnerable children to ensure they get the education that will increase their skills and life chances.

Skills and enterprise

  • We provide work so that women can meet the needs of their families.
  • We train mums like Nabuule and vulnerable girls who are heads of households to work together and learn skills that will improve their earning potential and quality of life for themselves and all the children in their care.
  • We help give them a helping hand to start their own business and regain control over their lives.

Nutrition and health

  • We break down the barriers to learning and improve the health of children by giving children and their guardians the tools and training to build gardens that will provide a source of nutritious, fresh food for their family.

The result is long lasting and sustainable change for children like Shifra and Fahad.