A LLANFYLLIN based charity has launched its annual Christmas catalogue to help orphans in Uganda.

It is reaching that time of year again when thoughts turn to buying gifts for friends and family, some of whom may very well not need anything.

But you can take the hassle out of Christmas shopping and provide gifts for children who do desperately need them – in Uganda.

Llanfyllin charity Dolen Ffermio has been supporting projects which help orphaned and vulnerable children, first in Kumi for six years and now in Ngora for the past eight years.

A spokesman for the charity said: “These children are not in orphanages but are cared for by their extended families, who have great difficulty in supporting their own children but willingly take in children who have no-one else.

“A huge and humbling lesson for us all in the west.”

The spokesman added that the children on the Ngora Orphan and Vulnerable Children project (NOVC) are supported for three years with school resources to keep them in school.

They are also given a mosquito net to protect them from malaria, livestock to help them and their carer families build up a sustainable living and a wide range of income generating skills, together with other worthwhile gifts, such as solar lanterns from the Ngora Solar Project pictured here.

The project is in the process of evolving to make it more inclusive and beneficial for a wider group of children and the community. This catalogue and the one in 2020 will continue to support individual children on the current project, while at the same time widening its scope.

Dolen Ffermio is a charity that links rural communities in Montgomeryshire and North Shropshire with rural communities in East Uganda.

The NOVC was set up in 2012 and since then it has helped 200 vulnerable children and their families to have better food security, health, and to keep them in education.

The gift catalogue (in English and Welsh) can be downloaded from their website www.dolenffermio.org.uk, along with their autumn newsletter and there are contact details on both.