Growing Livelihoods: Supporting Education for Ugandan Children

Growing Livelihoods: Supporting Education for Ugandan Children

Last month Ecologia received funding from the Gilchrist Trust to buy more school equipment and furniture for our Ugandan partner, Sky is the Limit Centre and School.

For many of the 360 children Sky Is The Limit Centre supports, the centre provides a lifeline to opportunities they would not otherwise experience – food, education and medical care. Founded by Rose Kabasinguzi Mugenyi, a local healthworker, the children receive everything they need to grow up healthy and well.

For Connie Rose, Sky is the Limit changed her life. Connie was one of 9 children and orphaned at 4 years old when both her parents died within three months of each other. The 9 children stayed together living in the family home, with older children doing their best to care for younger children, like Connie. In reality this meant the young children went hungry and missed out on school whilst older children often engaged in unsafe or illegal working practices in an effort to care for their siblings.

Connie RoseLuckily for Connie and her sisters, Rose Mugenyi was travelling in her area and heard about the family. The children moved to Fort Portal where they were adopted by a friend of Rose. Connie started school and did very well – always coming in near the top of the class. She went on to the Vocational Institute and studied Art and Design, spending her holidays at Sky is the Limit’s vocational training centre – The Chosen Few. Having graduated Connie now manages The Chosen Few Tailoring Centre and passes on her skills and experience to other young Ugandans who are learning new skills to create new lives.

 I feel very happy and am so proud of Sky is the Limit Children’s Centre…LONG LIVE SKY IS THE LIMIT COMMUNITY!

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about Sky Is The Limit Centre and how it is supporting Ugandan Children, please get in touch with us!

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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.