Help 200 women in northern Uganda learn to read

by Women's Global Empowerment Fund
community class
community class

Our 2013 literacy training is starting next week, and once again we are offering two levels, for our continuing students. This critical program enables women who, due to a long and brutal conflict, the opportunity to learn to read and write.

To date over 500 women have participated in the program, attending classes twice a week for eight months. When a woman learns to read and write, her whole world changes; possibilities and opportunities are created.This year we are hoping to provide 10 additional women with this transformative opportunity, totalling 110 women and their families to participate. 

In addition, our literacy students participate in many community based programs, become leaders and advocates in their communiuty. Last week some of our literacy students marched in celebration of International Women's Day. 

With the help of our Global Giving donors, we will be able to continue this important program. The best way to create sustainable human development and peace is to focus on women Access to education is a human right, thank you for your committment to social justice. 

International Women
International Women's Day 2013

Success story

As a mother of seven I had no idea about how my life would be after the impact of the LRA War. I was abducted at the age of six and returned with two children, I hardly knew what to do with my life because my parents were gone. After a few years I met a man whom I thought would provide me with all the security I needed, all was a myth because he kept beating me each time I asked for money and whenever he came home drunk causing even more pain and suffering. With all the pain I wanted to return to the bush where life was much easier but whenever I looked at my children I felt they needed me because no one could look after them after I was gone. It was then that I started growing vegetables and selling but the money was not even enough to cater for our upkeep because my husband could even take it away from me.

 I had one problem after the other, with no one to turn to but one day I met a group of Women Benefiting from WGEF, after several days, a peer counselor shared with me a lot about what I was going through and introduced me to the Program, due to my low self esteem I feared to be among other women but gradually I gained the courage.

 My life has now changed not only because of the loans but also the trainings that I received. I managed to start up a business and a live stock project which is helping me pay school fees and other basic needs; I also bought a bicycle from the profits which has eased the transportation of my products to the market. At this point the relationship within my family has improved and we are working together to provide for our family, people in my community now respect me and I am now even a community leader, something I thought wasn’t meant for me. At last I have the hope that was long gone.

“Please fellow women, do not think whatever you went through or are going through cannot change – we can rise above poverty once equipped with the right tools”

“Akello Beatrice – Bungatira”  God Bless WGEF 

Beatrice is a participant in our literacy program, enabling her to create a brighter future and self esteem. K.S.



We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during the
holidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire for
security, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded by
violence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fighting
for and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable human
development, increased food security and women’s empowerment.

Food security and the rising prices of food staples are,
and should be, main concerns for WGEF, NGO’s and all who believe in economic
justice. The past few years, global food prices have eclipsed previous global highs and
continue to climb. This is a multifaceted issue, which requires a complete
transformation of global agriculture policy. Access to healthy food sources is
a human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, rising
food prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This creates
extreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.

WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our agriculture program, providing loans and
tools for women farmers and farm workers. Our focus for 2012 is leadership
development and food security: growing our agriculture program, supporting the
new Gulu Women’s Agriculture Union, and promoting and training women to become
leaders and advocates in their community.

As we move forward into our 5th year and beyond, our program continues
to be transformative, provocative and relevant. We hope you are inspired and
continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. Please
contact me with questions or conversation, 303.520.7656.

Peace to you and your family!

Karen Sugar, Founder and Director


2011 Wish List!

During this holiday season, you can support WGEF by
donating the following much-needed items:

1)    Help us fund the Access to Justice Initiative, providing critical information on human and legal rights; including addressing gender bias and breakages in the justice chain, solutions and resources. (See GG project)

2)    Tractor
- $2500 to be used collectively by WGEF farmers and union members – owned and
operated by GWAU (Gulu Women’s Agricultural Union). (See GG project)

3)    Literacy
Program - $10,000 – increase our capacity to 200 women, enabling 100 additional
to join this program! (see GG project)

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.


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!


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Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Location: denver, colorado - USA
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Project Leader:
Karen Sugar
Founder and Director
denver, colorado United States

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