Northern Uganda is a post-conflict zone, still recovering from the effects of neighboring Sudan's brutal civil war. During this turbulent time, women and girls missed the opportunity to go to school. Many are formerly abducted child soldiers and/or victims of horrific sexual violence. Ten years after the war, they are now recovering and rebuilding their lives. Learning to read and write enables women to run businesses and support families, and empowers them to secure a brighter future!
Northern Uganda is recovering from a brutal, 20-year insurgency. For over a decade, more than 1.5 million people lived in IDP camps, facing violence, poverty, and hopelessness. We provide literacy training to marginalized women and girls, many of whom have suffered unimaginable violence and ultimately lost the opportunity to receive a basic education. In this setting, illiteracy is strongly tied to the cycle of poverty and to incidences of domestic violence.
The Literacy Program's typical cycle spans two years, with classes held twice per week for 8 months. We enroll approximately 1,500 students annually, and we are committed to supplying lunch, child care, and all materials. The curriculum provides women with basic skills in English and the local language, and covers topics like parenting, nutrition, and business management. We believe that this holistic approach is vital to the long-term success of our program.
Literacy is universally recognized as a basic human right. Studies have shown that our graduates go on to improve their livelihoods, build self-esteem, and become leaders in their communities. Our graduates are small business owners, local politicians, and community organizers. We believe in providing learning opportunities to women who have emerged from traumatic experiences and hope to rebuild a better future for themselves and their families.