Rural Women Empowerment Network (RWEN) Rural Women Empowerment Network established in 2008 by five women is a Community Based Organisation focusing on promotion of improved health and education. It is based in Busia District with its head office in Lumino. It was formed after the women in Eastern Uganda going through a three year training in the Long Term Survival HIV/AIDS Skills being conducted by Lynde Frances (now the late) and was facilitated by Jaya Canterbury-Counts the Executive Director River Fund. Since the formation RWEN has registered 125 adults and 300 children who are orphans among these 35 women and 2 men are HIV positive. Our strategies are: • Advocating for improved health. • Education and • Agriculture We have been trained 25 a new women group Amonikakinei in Long Term HIV/AIDS Survival skills. During the training we covered the following topics: Nutrition table Counseling, Stress, and Self awareness, Self stigma and Disclosure, Local herbs, Gender equality Women learned how to feed their children, take care of their families, growing different types of green vegetables on different plots with best methods of farming Proving millet mixed with maize flour to children to feed and elderly women. Education: 150 children are getting assistance under the orphan centre from different schools and levels in scholastic materials, uniform, for most needy and food Secondary 21 children, Primary and 129 children. Other activities: 1. Goat keeping 2. Piggery 3. Growing vegetables 4. Poultry 5. Savings and loan scheme 6. Tailoring 7. Mat making These projects are done on individual basics but under RWEN’S supervision these make members to be very keen in taking care of what they have. Agriculture: We have provided women with improved seeds; these include beans, white peas, dodo, and ground nuts All these initiatives have been met by the support we received from River Fund our partner organisation. We are so grateful to Jaya Canterbury-Counts the Executive Director River Fund who visited us last October 2010 together with Vicky Gersom, we had good time with them may God bless all those who are transforming our lives. Thank you all, Yours faithfully, Teopista Auma
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