Change a Child’s Life this Christmas

Change a Child’s Life this Christmas

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A Christmas Appeal from our CEO, Liza Hollingshead


Dear friends,

This Christmas I want to draw your attention to our projects in Africa and the orphans they care for, many of whom are living with the results of HIV/AIDS. In Kenya’s Meru County alone, there are an estimated 65,000 orphans. One in six children in Uganda is an orphan. I wish we could help them all!

Christmas Appeal: Holly with bellsBut to give even one child a loving home and the chance to go to school, is worth all our efforts to support our partners at Sky Is The Limit in Uganda and Kithoka Amani Community Home in Kenya.

Thanks to your support, the children can now go to school and have people caring for them.


Children like Mercy Kanana, who was 13 years old when her mother died. The youngest of her five brothers and sisters, Danny, was just a year old. Mercy took on caring for the whole family and dropped out of school. A year later their father died. The family had no income and relied on handouts from well-wishers. Mercy’s future was bleak: without an education, her only way forward was to resort to street work to support the family. A neighbour contacted Kithoka Amani Community Home, and the children were brought there.


Christmas Appeal from Ecologia Youth Trust: Photo of Danny

Very soon they were all happily going to school, helping in the vegetable gardens, and feeding the rabbits. Danny, the baby, is beloved by all the children, while Mercy is now back in school. She will likely graduate with top marks, and is preparing for a career as a teacher.

Due to your generosity, Mercy and her brothers and sisters can go to school and achieve success in their lives. 


Thanks to you, we have also been able to provide a regular daily meal for all 360 children at Sky Is The Limit School in Uganda over the last year.

Ecologia Youth Trust Christmas Appeal: Children eating school meals

For many of the children, this healthy, nutritious school dinner is the only meal in their day. It gives them energy to concentrate in class, improves their health, and keeps them coming back to school!

Debra, age 12, sent us this poem, describing what school meals mean to her:

School meals, school meals, school meals!
I enjoy eating you at lunch.
School meals, school meals!
You have changed my life at school.
Am happier than I was before,
Oh, I love you school meals!
I was just 35kg before I ate you but now I am 40 kg!
Oh! You are wonderful school meals.
School meals, school meals, school meals!
What a wonderful idea you are!
You made great changes in the lives of children at Sky
We have become energetic, fat and tall,
In academics, we’re far ahead!
Oh, school meals, school meals!
Long live school meals, long live Sky!
God bless you school meals.


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£25 could give a child like Debra a school meal for a whole year!
Please support Ecologia to continue our vital work in Africa.

Thank you for helping us to help them.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Liza Hollingshead, Chief Executive

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Christmas Appeal: Holly with bellsP.S. Your Christmas gift of £25 (or more) will help us to support more orphaned children. Simply make your gift securely here. Thank you!

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.