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Lullaby Africa – bringing life back to people

Depression, war, rape and aggression have stifled the natural bonds between parents and children in Kenya and Uganda. Mothers neither sing nor play with their children. Children are silent and unaffectionate.

Lullaby Africa uses qualified play therapists and professionals, who work with children to help parents and carers regrow that attachment, so that homes are full of noise, laughter and love.

Lullaby Africa helps traumatised and disadvantaged mothers, fathers and carers in Kenya and Uganda to bond and form a healthy, natural attachment with their babies and toddlers.

It is a Christian charity, at present working with local community leaders in nine slums around Kisumu, Kenya, and Kisoro in Uganda.

The work is bearing fruit in hundreds of lives, but many more communities are still silent. Lullabies and the workshops that Lullaby Africa delivers are a route into those communities. But they need our help.

The charity grows love through songs. At the workshops, mothers and carers learn how to:

  • Sing  to their babies
  • Talk to their babies
  • Massage their babies
  • Play and laugh with their babies

Knit a Teddy for the children

The charity gives teddies to mothers with babies who attend their sessions. These babies have no other toys and they love to play with these teddies.

If you’d like to contribute to the pile of teddies needed for each trip, and can knit, you can download the pattern

Please send them to Lullaby Africa, 6 Abbey Hill Close, Winchester, SO23 7AZ.  Every single one will go to a good home!

For more information about this amazing work, visit:
http://www.lullabyafrica.org/

Christine B, St Andrew’s

[Editor’s note: If several circuit knitters decide to knit these lovely little teddies, maybe we could pool our resources and post off a box of teddies at a time, thus saving postage. Please contact Martin B, if you would like to be part of such a project.]

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