Suffolk hairdressers create better opportunities in Uganda
When John Michael, part of Group Momentum, with branches in Ipswich and across East Anglia, held their annual apprentice competition, all the salons involved were ask to donate unwanted hair tools.
Michael Hallam, operations director of John Michael, was overwhelmed by the generosity of fellow salons.
He said: “We train young hairdressers from salons across the region and we received lots of equipment of the very highest quality.
“From straighteners to electrical clippers, everything was in fantastic condition and it has already been taken to the Kawempe Youth Development Association to help train young hairdressers,”
David White ,who works for the Ipswich based charity TWAM (Tools With A Mission) took the equipment to Uganda himself and said the reaction of the trainees was amazing.
He added: “They literally shrieked with delight when they saw what I had brought.
“To say this project has been a success is an understatement. From the original 12 girls that were being trained, there are now 80 learning to become hairdressers.
“Many have HIV/Aids and the chance to earn their own living, thanks to the training they receive, is fantastic in so many ways.
“They really value the support they are receiving from their colleagues in England and particularly the help they consistently receive from John Michael.”
Picture shows David White from the Ipswich charity Tools with A Mission presenting hair tools to one of the hair trainees at the Kawempe Youth Development Association in Uganda.
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