Watoto Neighbourhood Mothers
Skills training for income generation for women and education opportunities for children – keeping families together.
In Uganda, women face various obstacles to full realisation of their rights and to economic empowerment in order to provide for their families.
Women experience gender-based violence and discrimination, including barriers to education and health services, fragmented legislation regulating marriage and divorce, and legal and cultural obstacles regarding property or land ownership and inheritance.
Women who are widowed or living with HIV are particularly vulnerable and experience numerous obstacles to maintaining a healthy and secure life for themselves and their children.
An estimated 1.5 million people in Uganda are living with HIV and women over 15 years of age make up over half of this number.
One barrier for girls obtaining an education is a lack of access to sanitary towels and other hygiene products, causing at least 50% of adolescent girls in Uganda to miss between 1-3 days of school each month.
The Watoto Neighbourhood initiative seeks to empower girls and women to overcome barriers to realised potential in order to positively influence the future generation.
The Neighbourhood Mother initiative partners with women who have been abandoned, widowed, or living with HIV, focusing on fair wage employment, accessible health care, affordable housing, and education for their children. Project activities include life skills,literacy and business skills training, trauma rehabilitation, and income generation opportunities.
The Keep A Girl In School initiative is helping to increase primary school completion rates, resulting in better outcomes for girls and their future children. The program provides underwear, sanitary towels and soap, along with hygiene education and character development (for both girls and boys), reducing school drop out increasing exam completion.
$140 can help keep a girl in school for a year, with sanitary products, soap, underwear and mentoring.
$43 can enable a mother to access discipleship, trauma counselling, entrepreneurship and skills training for a month as part of our Neighbourhood Mothers program.
Ritah was struggling with shame, isolation and financial difficulties as she sought to raise two children by herself while living with HIV. Her life changed when she accessed medical support, skills training and a loving community of people, and she now describes herself as a woman of hope.
When a woman like Ritah is empowered to reach her potential it has a ripple effect within a family, a community, and beyond.
Pray for women in Uganda to access support and opportunities to overcome barriers to ensuring wellbeing for themselves and their families.
Pray for children to access education and for families to be strengthened and kept together.
Pray for the empowerment of women and an end to gender discrimination or violence.
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If you are part of a local church, please be mindful of your local church’s vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe these Sisterhood projects should be seen as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.
Also, please note that if the funding limit for your chosen project is reached, funds will be distributed to another Sisterhood project.
Watoto is a holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Africa. The Watoto Model is designed to provide vulnerable women and children in Africa with holistic care and to impact communities in the process. Watoto’s key initiatives include caring for orphaned children, restoring dignity to vulnerable women, and empowering former child soldiers and war-affected communities. Currently Watoto has projects in Kampala and Gulu, Uganda; and Juba, South Sudan.
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