Christine: no longer a victim of domestic violence
Your support helps chang ethe lives of vulnerable women in Uganda. Through Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change, teams of women get the training, skills, resources, and support they need to start their own social change programs in their villages - programs that work to end illiteracy, poverty, HIV, and child malnutrition.
Your gifts also support the domestic violence program that has changed Christine's life:
Christine is a subsistence farmer in Gulu, northern Uganda. She has five children and no education – and a husband who beat her frequently, especially when he came home at night drunk. To buy alcohol, he would sell – without Christine’s knowledge – food they had grown and harvested together.
“If I asked about the money from the sales, violence would erupt. It’s like I was farming to buy my own punishment,” Christine explained.
Enter Aketo Koma.
A Global Grassroots women-led venture in Uganda, the Aketo Koma team consists of women in Christine’s village. After completing our Academy for Conscious Change, the team launched their domestic violence program. They held workshops on domestic violence and women's rights that Christine attended; she would share with her husband everything she was learning in the classes.
According to Christine, things with her husband slowly began to improve; the more she learned about her rights and talked about them at home, the less frequently he beat her:
“Nowadays if there is any problem, or if there is need to sell an item, we decide together, and his excessive alcoholism has also stopped. I am now happily living in a violence-free home where we plan and decide together and deal with our problems in a rightful manner.”
Aketo Koma continues to offer training to many of the women in the community and Christine has seen a shift in her own neighborhood.
“As this group continues to sensitize many families, I have seen great calm.”
Thank you for supporting the work of vulnerable women - and for making life safer and more peaceful for women such as Christine!