It is with great sadness that we must announce the forthcoming retirement of Brenda Green. Brenda has provided invaluable support for all our bookkeeping, administration and project management.
Her retirement means that we are now recruiting a replacement. Details of this role can be found on our Job & Volunteer Roles page.
We would also love to hear from anyone willing and able to support our fundraising with institutional and other major donors.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE NOW CLOSED – BUT FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS ARE VERY WELCOME
Trust for Africa’s Orphans’ (TAO) 2011 Annual Report is very pleased to welcome the creation of TAO-Uganda, a fully-independent Ugandan charity that will take forward projects using TAO’s well tried and proven approach. TAO-Uganda has a well-qualified Ugandan Board of Trustees and is already delivering our Comic Relief-funded project ‘Establishing commercial sunflower businesses in Pader’.
TAO-Uganda was formally registered on 24 November 2011 and the details of its operations were finalised during early 2012. TAO-Uganda is entirely independent from TAO in the UK, but the Board and staff of TAO are delighted to aid the development of capacity within Uganda to apply our proven approach.
TAO’s Annual Report also announces the formalising of a partnership with Kulika Uganda to deliver our DFID-funded project, ‘Women’s commercial farming: Lira, Apac and Oyam sub-counties’.
The two projects are, between them, expected to support around 15,000 orphans and other vulnerable children in northern Uganda by enabling previously internally-displaced women – mostly widows – to farm commercially.
TAO Chairman, Iain Knapman, said:
“We are very happy with the progress to date on both projects. They are our first projects supporting our beneficiaries by improving their access to commercial markets, as well as applying our proven approach in increasing agricultural productivity. Accessing markets is in many ways a much more challenging task and we are working closely with our delivery partners to develop effective and sustainable ways to connect small farmers with larger markets.”
Dateline 18 October 2011
Trust for Africa’s Orphans (TAO) has this week launched two exciting new projects to help women and children who were internally-displaced due to conflict in northern Uganda. They will follow TAO’s successful approach to enable women caring for orphans to develop productive farms, so they can feed their families healthily and grow surplus for sale. But, crucially, these new TAO projects will go further, allowing the households to generate sustainable incomes by helping them gain access to commercial markets.
“These projects are about much more than teaching farming skills to the women involved – who are mostly widows and are looking after hundreds of orphans,” says London-based TAO Coordinator Joy Mugisha. “They will truly empower our beneficiaries by enable the women to earn good money by helping them learn marketing skills and build relationships with socially-responsible commercial buyers.”
Arriving in Paris, Pete Burnham writes: I am pleased to be able to inform everyone that I completed the London to Paris cycle challenge! Once again I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me.
Training for my London to Paris challenge concludes this Saturday with a 90 mile cycle across Berkshire, writes Pete Purnham.