Christmas gift will help with training

A Llanfyllin based charity which helps people in Africa to help themselves has launched its Christmas catalogue.

 Mary Beisa
Mary Beisa

Dolen Ffermio’s has for many years concentrated on helping farmers in countries on the continent.

In lieu of presents people can gift money in the name of a friend or member of their family which in the fast has been to buy families maybe two hens, tree seedlings or a goat.

This year the money raised will go to the Ngora Orphan and Vulnerable Children Project, Uganda, helping to fund the last group of 30 children with skills training, before the charity changes direction.

Val Talbot from the charity said: "We know that these are very challenging times but we fervently hope that we can count on the continued generosity of our local area here so that we can support the hardworking families who are battling against the adverse effects of the pandemic."

“Since 2006 the incredible generosity of our local supporters has helped many hundreds of children, firstly in Kumi and for the past eight years, Ngora. In Ngora 260 children have benefited from three years each on the project, which has kept them in primary school, protected them from malaria, given them the means to build a sustainable future and provided them with first class skills training.

"The project will evolve into a Resource and Training Centre which will be open to all young people. A plot of land has been purchased, the government has approved the scheme and it is expected that they will fund the final stages and the running costs as it will become part of the Education Service. We are delighted that Dolen Llanbrynmair is going to be our partner in this new venture and together we will help to fund resources and subsidise the fees of families who can’t afford to pay. "

More details about the charity and the catalogue are available from

Mary Beisa is one o the project's success stories.

When she left school, she was sponsored on a vocational course in tailoring and design on the strength of her skills training on the project. She now has her own thriving business making clothes and bags.

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