Watoto Neighbourhood Mother
Skills training for income generation for women and education opportunities for their children – fostering hope and strengthening families.
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.
$43 can enable a mother to access discipleship, trauma counselling, entrepreneurship and skills training for a month as part of our Neighbourhood Mothers program.
Raising four children on her own and living with HIV, Juliet began a new chapter and has experienced restoration.
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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Something to NOTE:
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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