Blue Sky Fostering are once again partnering with the Child’s I Foundation (CiF) in Uganda.
For four years, Blue Sky Fostering staff, carers and young people have raised £30,000 for the foundation. In addition, Blue Sky staff from across the company have travelled to Kampala to share their skills with local Social Workers and two more team members are set to make the journey later this year.
CiF was established in 2008 in Kampala with the aim of tackling child abandonment and provide better outcomes for the regions young people. Founder Lucy Buck said,
“The annual donation keeps our life saving programmes running, and the social work skills and know-how from the teams coming to Uganda has helped us immensely to build our foster care programme in Uganda. Everyone in the BSF team contributes from the staff to the foster carers and the children in foster care - we are one big family and very grateful for BSF's ongoing support.”
Kirsty, from Blue Sky Fostering Swanwick, volunteered in 2017. She says
“My Uganda trip was simply amazing! The aim of our trip was to work with the Child's I Family Support Workers and train them in some areas which had already been identified. From the moment that we got to the Child's I office everyone was so welcoming and friendly.”
Another volunteer, Jane said
“We delivered training to all the Family Support Workers who were so welcoming and ready and keen to soak up any information we could give them. Feedback was that they did find it valuable and has enabled them to support their Foster Carers in a more informed way. The Foster Carers also said that they were now more aware of subjects like Autism which previously that they had no knowledge of!”
Volunteers each raised over £600 in 2017 and they aim to beat that with this year’s trip, taking place in October.