A fed-up Scots mum took her young children on a 'life-changing' trip to Africa to stop them complaining about being poor.

Inverness-born Ziz York believes the two-week trip to Uganda made daughters Nia, nine, and eight-year-old Robyn realise how fortunate they are to have been born in the UK.

The 35-year-old aid worker hopes her children will now think twice before they moan about not going on fancy holidays or getting the latest gaming gear.

She explained: “Before we went to Uganda, my daughters had been complaining ‘Oh, we’re so poor’ because they’d seen friends get holidays to Disney World or getting X-Boxes for their birthdays and stuff like that.

“I turned round and said ‘You have a roof over your head, we have loose change in our pockets, we can buy pretty much what we want in a supermarket, you have freedom of movement, we are in the top five per cent richest in the world’.

“Nia said ‘No we’re not. We don’t have a mansion or servants’, but after taking them to Uganda and going ‘This is the reality for most of the world’, it made her think.

“It made things a lot easier for Christmas because for the first time ever they were not asking for ridiculous things. They have an understanding now that they are lucky to have much more than most kids do.”

One of Ziz's daughters and a group of children in Uganda pose together during the visit

During their trip, the youngsters were shocked to see the conditions their Ugandan counterparts had to live with on a day to day basis.

What stuck in their minds most was the lack of clothing kids wore because what they had was ragged and in tatters.

Others didn't even have any shoes, and there was no toy in sight.

Scots mum-of-two Ziz York with daughters Nia (centre) and Robyn (right)

Ziz paid for her children to accompany her on a visit to the country last year.

She added: “We do live in a suburban bubble, so Uganda was mind-blowing for them.

“My youngest was seven at the time but took to it like a duck to water and made friends instantly. My eldest is more introverted and felt very overwhelmed at times.

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“She was crowded all the time simply because the local kids were fascinated with these mzungu children - stroking their hair and asking them all sorts of questions.

“My kids weren’t fully exposed to the most dramatic things like children dying from malaria or suffering from serious malnutrition because of the lack of medical supplies and food.

“But they got enough of an idea about why we need to help. I wish more British people could get that perspective.”

Nine-year-old Nia York meets other children during a trip to Uganda

Ziz works for Wrexham-based charity Teams4U, which received a £36,000 grant in September 2018 through the UK Government’s Small Charities Challenge Fund, a scheme run by the Department for International Development (DFID).

The funding is supporting Teams4U’s work helping improve menstrual and sexual health education in Uganda.

International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “The UK Government’s Small Charities Challenge Fund was set up to make it easier for smaller UK organisations, which do vital work around the world, access the crucial support they need to help end poverty.

The Ugandan and Scottish kids got the chance to play together

“UK aid has helped Welsh charity Teams4U expand their work to improve sexual and menstrual health awareness among girls in Uganda so they can thrive at school and reach their full potential.

“We want more small charities, doing important, life-changing and live-saving work in developing countries, to apply for a grant, so they can grow, and support jobs in the UK, while making even more of a difference globally.”