Baroness Wilcox, Elizabeth Parker, Kieran Keane from Places for People
As a voluntary worker in Uganda Elizabeth (Liz) was first moved by the spirit of the people in the slums where she was offering aid. But when she met a young girl orphaned by HIV Aids who was prostituting herself in order to eat, it was to change her entire future. Liz immediately paid for a flat to house the girl. After a short while she paid for the girl to undertake a hairdressing course so that she could become self-sufficient. This was paid for out of Liz’s own savings.
“She realised that a small amount of money in UK terms could totally transform their lives”
Following this, Liz funded a group to record a song and produce a video. The song went viral and made No 1 in the World charts for one week. The revenue form the song was invested in a chicken farm. This had the dual purpose of creating income and food, further generating sustainability in the village.
What started as Liz supporting the charity in a purely low key personal way has snowballed due to her enthusiasm and commitment. She now links the two communities through social media helping to improve the lives of those people in Bwaise, Uganda. At the same time, Liz is a full-time teacher, so is using this as a platform to educate two separate communities, one about the other. In this regard she has developed a way for charitable giving to be very personalised.
She has set up the UK arm of the African charity that she supports AFFCAD UK and primarily uses social media to deliver messages and raise awareness.