Help 200 women in northern Uganda learn to read

 
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Since 2008, 500+ clients have completed literacy training programs, with many sitting for national literacy testing. Many of our clients missed out on learning basic reading and writing skills due to the ongoing conflict; during my first trip to Gulu, women expressed a strong desire to learn to read and write, in response WGEF’s literacy program began in July 2008. Women report being able to sign their names and exchange greetings in English (the formal language in Uganda) in business, banks, and help their children with their schoolwork, and provide better customer service. 

This fall, we were able to provide our literacy participants with a solar light bulb. This will not only expand their day, but diminish the need for expensive and unhealthy fuels used for energy in most homes.

As our 2012 class finishes their studies, we look forward to our next class beginning in January 2013. We hope to include 200 women and offer two levels of study. This program is not possible without the help of GlobalGiving donors, who have provided the essential funding necessary to provide this type of life changing programming.

When a woman learns to read and write her whole world opens up.

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In 2012 WGEF created a two-tiered literacy class. With the help of Global Giving donors, we are offering women who have participated in the past, wanting to further their literacy training the opportunity to attend level two classes. We have 100 women participating, learning skills, creating a brighter future. Literacy is extremely important to our clients, many of whom are formerly abducted child soldiers, sex slaves and former IDP's. When a woman learns to read and write, her whole world opens up....

As we head into the second half of our schedule, we are hopeful donors will continue to support our literacy program; we want to include 25 additional women in the beginning class and are hopeful we can make that happen. As part of our program participants will be hosting a debate, highlighting new abilities, addressing the issues of educating women and girls. This event will occur in conjunction with our annual drama festival in October.

Say 'Yes' to literacy, empowerment and equality! Thank you for your commitment to social justice and women's empowerment!

WGEF Wins International WorkLife Balance Award!

The award ceremony for this special event took place on Wednesday May 30th at the Auditorium Piazza
Lombardia in Milan in conjunction with the VII World Family Meeting held there between May 29th and June 3rd at the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.

The prestigious International WorkLife Award was created to mark the VII Global Family Meeting in 2012 to reward efforts all over the world that exemplify the best work-family conciliations adopted by companies, non-profit organizations and public administrations. These practices that conciliate work and family include all policies and initiatives regarding connections with local welfare and social policies for an overall aim to improve the business and social climate in their given communities to help create a balance between personal commitments, family life, and business associates/colleagues.

"There is no balance in life for families that don't have access to basic human services, food, clean water, health care, education and human security. Women's Global Empowerment Fund works with women in northern Uganda, a post conflict region. We help them recover and rebuild their lives after many years of unimaginable violence and poverty."  Karen Sugar, WGEF Founder/Director

Literacy 2012:

In April of 2012 our 5th year of literacy trainings began, serving 115 women. This year we are offering two levels, beginner and continuing students. This is an exciting accomplishment for WGEF and our clients! This critical program is possible in part because of the generosity of Global Giving donors!



We hope you are proud and inspired to be a part of Women's Global Empowerment Fund! Please continue to support critical, lifesaving programs for women and families in post conflict northern Uganda!

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On April 14th our 5th year of literacy training begun in post conflict northern Uganda! 100 women will participate in the twice weekly classes for 8 months. Providing this life changing opportunity to women who have experienced unimaginable violence and poverty in the past and are now recovering their lives is our most important program. When you give a woman the opportunity to learn to read and write, her whole world opens up.

Attached is a photo of Cecilina and me two years ago; in the photo Cecilina is 61 years old and a WGEF client. For the first time in her life she can now write her name, she doesn't have to use a thumbprint anymore. She continues to learn and improve her literacy skills and is one of our most committed participants.

This initiative is so very critical to the women of northern Uganda, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to attend school due to the long, brutal insurgency. The region is now rebuilding and WGEF clients are working hard to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families.

Please continue to support this life changing program. The funding initiative is ongoing and the more funds we raise the more women we can include every year. Thank you.

Peace,

Karen Sugar

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Women’s Global, in consult with Literacy Aid Uganda, a national program promoting literacy throughout Uganda, has
developed a program that is effective and responsive to the needs of our clients. “When a woman learns to read and
write, her whole world
changes; possibilities and opportunities are created.”

As of August 2011, 400+ women have participated in our literacy program; 50 women sat for national exams in September 2010,with 100% passing the national literacy examination, receiving a certificate from the Ministry of Education.  Our 2011 training began March 1 thru October, serving 100 women and 97 children. Our goal in 2012 is to increase capacity to 200 women.

In addition we are including child care for one child for participant. Often times this is the only structured program where children are able to participate in a reading and writing and play program.

Our literacy program is one of our most critical offerings; access to basic education is a human right, and the outcomes from providing women this opportunity has been meaningful, relevant and transformative. Women report they are now able to communicate with banking and other officials, help their children with homework, sign their name and communicate more effectively to their customers and peers. Attached is a letter from one of our clients expressing the importance of the program in her life.

Please continue to support this vital program in 2012! On behalf of the women we serve in post conflict northern Uganda, thank you.



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Karen Sugar

Founder and Director
denver, colorado United States

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