The Nanna Project

In 2007 Mel Faulkner met a courageous grandmother named Zowena who was raising six children in kinship care. The family ate from their small garden and none of the children were in school. Knowing that education provides a pathway to brighter futures Mel enrolled three of the children in school. Mal rallied friends, family and colleagues to chip in and support more children into schooling and The Nanna Project was born!

The Nanna Project aims to ease the burden on elderly grandparents providing kinship care to their orphaned grandchildren. Most of these families are surviving on hardly enough to cover the bare necessities of food, shelter and clothing. Children are often kept from school to help with daily chores and there is no money for education.

Your tax deductible donation to The Nanna Project allows orphaned children to live with their grandparents who love and care for them, remain connected to their greater family and community and receive a quality education. Your donation gives these children a good start and opens doors to tertiary education and vocational training. You give these children an opportunity to change their futures.

As educated people they have the knowledge and skills required to understand their rights and responsibilities and to take a stand against corruption.

Mel returns to Uganda each year to monitor progress and evaluate needs. One past Nanna Project beneficiary is currently mentored and supported in her role as in-country Nanna Project Coordinator. Isn’t that great?

How the funds are used

The primary goal for The Nanna Project is for every child to receive an excellent education and be in good health at home with family, where they belong. Each family is assessed and assisted to the level of need they require.

The key areas of expenditure are: school fees, meals (porridge at morning tea and beans/staples at lunch), stationery and uniforms; health care and personal hygiene items; and family assistance including micro finance.

We work with families to be self determined and self sustaining.