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Naggayi Angella andher  children

Fundraiser for Naggayi Angella’s young children

“In life, we love you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a place no one will ever fill.” Annmarie Yiga, daughter 12 years

“Mummy was a nice caring person who loved me so much.” John Jeremiah Mugisha, son 8 years

We, the friends and family of Naggayi Angella ‘Grace’, from across the world in Kampala, Glasgow, London, Ireland, Canada have set up this fundraising appeal on behalf of her two beloved children, Annmarie and John. We mourn the loss of our Amazing Grace, our soul sister and spiritual guide to COVID-19. Angella was a devoted mummy to her two loving children who now walk alone, their heads held high, strong in their faith and always guided by the bright light of her deep love.

Angella was a trainee Mental Health nurse studying at Edinburgh Napier University and worked in Community Integrated Care. She qualified with a social science degree from Nkumba University. Before that she was a professional who worked in the Insurance sector in Kampala. Angella was an active member of her church congregations as spiritual director and one of the founders of the St Padre Pio prayer group in Croydon.  Annmarie sums up her mother’s life with these words ‘I love everything about her and miss everything about her. I love how she always took time to squeeze in her faith no matter how tired she was.”

Angella was a single mum with no family in the UK; and she relished every moment of her motherly responsibility with utmost dedication. She made a trail of memorable friends among children, young people and adults, touching lives and making true friends wherever she went. Angella’s only wish until she slipped into a coma two weeks ago was for her children to be happy and successful.

Please join us to help the children fulfil their Mum’s last wish to be buried at her ancestral home in Uganda and give them some financial security to fortify their uncertain journey ahead.

Further details:

Angella left her children with a friend, a single mother with two children of her own. We have been supporting her for a couple of months. She reached out to us when Angella was unwell. Angella entrusted the care of her children to this friend and named her as next of kin. We are continuing to support her and the children through this difficult time.

We have also been in constant communication with Angella’s family, her church groups and the Ugandan community in Glasgow, London, Ireland and Canada to develop the GoFundMe page and arrange how the funds can be used in the best interest of the children.

We have spoken to Angella’s priest in the local church who is making the funeral arrangements to repatriate the body and arrange funeral rites. This is estimated to cost £6000. The remaining money will be transferred to a trust fund in the name of the children. Until this is arranged, all the money raised will be kept in our charity bank account and ring-fenced for the children. We are currently in the process of arranging a lawyer specialising in Wills and Estates in Scotland to set up this trust fund. 

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. 

Shelter poem

Two years and counting.

For us shelter is a present continuous verb…not a noun. As migrant women our specialism is to carve out safe spaces of transient belonging for women with no recourse to public funds. 

Ubuntu is a group of us who have got together to put in our labour to sustain safe spaces of transient belonging for our guests who come across borders.  This city welcomes our guests with cold streets, grey skies, fear and precarity. Ubuntu offers another welcome.

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