Help 500 Women Learn to Read and Write in Uganda

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Help 500 Women Learn to Read and Write in Uganda
Help 500 Women Learn to Read and Write in Uganda
Help 500 Women Learn to Read and Write in Uganda

You can make a huge difference by investing as low as $50 it can help change someone’s life together with her family.

Meet Eunice a mother of 3 who formally was illiterate and had no source of livelihood. Her joining int the microloan program not only provided her the opportunity to get microloan but also gave her a chance to join the adult literacy training that has changed her life priorities

“ The most important benefit is that feels confident and proud of me, my ability to express my ideas is something I never expected but after learning how to read and write I can manage my business better and I want to give all my children the opportunity to go to a school that’s why I invested my savings in buying a solar panel that can provide lighting to facilitate my children’s education I know they will change our community in future”

Women like Eunice is the reason why microloans and women’s empowerment is important because the benefits lift the entire community.

We are committed to continuing to support women with all the tools they need to achieve self- reliance and we cannot do it without you. Consider giving a gift of $50 to women in Uganda 

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Our adult literacy program in Nwoya district Uganda teaches 156 women how to read and write and build leadership skills. We want these women to raise their voices in their communities and understand that they have a right to be heard. Poverty often impacts women and their children the hardest so it’s only right that they have a say and take part in solving these challenges.

We know that this program is important for several reasons. If a woman does not know how to read and write it limits her ability to run a business, or help her children with school work, or even understand a prescription from the doctor. Women in Uganda have a lot of responsibilities within their family but family life is only part of the story. We’d like to see more female politicians and more businesswomen as well. Literacy is the key to achieving that equality. 

We’ve seen lots of success with the adult literacy program but we know that we must also help young girls in order to find long term solutions to poverty. That’s why we started our healthy periods of initiative that helps young girls go to school and stay in school. 

“It is not enough for women to sit in the council and sign attendance list true change will only come if we can speak our voices loud and VacNet- has given us the tools-to-day” - Rose, Chairperson

Together with you, we continue to impact women’s lives directly through our adult literacy program that you support. We believe you will continue to support us to continue this wonderful journey of supporting women to walk their way by themselves your generous donation makes this possible.


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Mary Learning to write her name
Mary Learning to write her name

Mary is 35 years old married with 4 children, she joined the literacy learning program in 2019 together with 350 new participants who enrolled in 2 learning centers of Koch Lii and Pagak. 

"Before I joined the literacy program I was experiencing domestic violence at home, one of the many causes I discovered was poor communication and misinterpretation of basic facts which I dint have any idea, we were arguing with my husband and my family members a lot. The deepest pain I had was my inability to support my children with their school homework and challenges related to making daily losses with my small business". Said Mary

After completing the first phase of adult literacy learning she can communicate well, and able to bargain with her customers, and she is taking daily bookkeeping with her business something that has boosted her business and indirectly boosted her self esteem and helped her discover her voice.

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women. Please consider donating to give women a life-changing opportunity ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, and justice continues.


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It is a fact education is important in shaping people’s minds, changing their behaviors and bringing them to contribute actively to building a strong family.

"Now I dress clean, learned about using eco-friendly and environmentally friendly local stoves that do not dirty my house, and emits very little at times no smoke. I have a handwashing stand at my home latrine, all my compound has vegetables for food around my compound. All this I learned from our literacy classes that we go to on Tuesdays and Fridays Afternoon.

In our class we class, we are taught to learn by doing. we form groups of potential businesswomen joined together with those already doing business while being on the program. This is the major factor that fostered the translation of the skills I acquired in our Business skills training classes in my Business. My business is doing better Now.

My pride is that now I can use my basic phone moderately, because of this I can call customers to remind them to pay my debts or tell them the stock they wanted has arrived.

Before joining the literacy class. “I could not type names or phone numbers,” she says. “It was really deplorable.” she adds, “Today, I know how to write and can easily change settings in a phone. I also have the ability to read letters, newspapers, and books. I believe this is important in my life in this era.”

Says Joska;-  A learner at Amuru Pagak Learning Center

We to expand this unique and wonderful opportunity to women in Northern Uganda. This year enrolled 350 new participate from 2 centers of Koch Lii. Women take up classes twice a week for 3 hours, they are provided with materials and meals. The program employs professional local Facilitators with the ability to teach women using their local language.

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women and girls. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, and justice continues.

Laerning to write
Laerning to write


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Learning to write
Learning to write

Frida got her first opportunity to learn how to read and write at age 42. She is married with 5 children all go to school but without her support when it comes to doing their daily homework, her biggest contribution is to pay school fees but it has been so painful that she cannot track the progress of their performance in class.

 “Before I joined the literacy program I had to sign using my thumbprint, people always think you are ignorant, and others want to take advantage over you it feels good knowing how to read and write” ---Frida-- Nwoya.

This year 2019 we have enrolled a new class of 155 new participants who are divided into two learning classes. Enrollment is open to all women who missed out the opportunity to learn how to read and write. Instructors are selected from trained and certified Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) Program an initiative by the Government of Uganda to train local language instructors. For those 155 female participants (direct beneficiaries) in Nwoya District, the average family size is seven. Thus, there are additional 1,085 family members (indirect beneficiary’s men, women, and children) to be impacted.

The Learners that you supported are provided with learning materials, in a renewed effort to diversify the scope of the Women’s Literacy Program (WALP), we shall implement a three-month assessment period following the eight-month instruction period to assess community impact. Through surveys, we hope to measure the connection between literacy and the physical, psychological health of participants and their family’s health and wellness. By providing 155 women with the opportunity to learn to read and write, it opens up numerous opportunities for women that would not otherwise be possible. Such as improved social communication, increased confidence and self-esteem, increased participation in other social programs and community engagement.

“Knowing how to read and write has changed my life. No one can cheat me now. My business selling vegetables at the main market has grown because I can keep a good track record of my money”—Frida- Nwoya

Access to basic education is a human right; together we want to ensure women have the opportunity to learn basic skills in order to live a dignified and productive life while determining life outcomes. With your support, we are confident and committed to continue extending this wonderful support to women it's their rights and we are lucky to contribute to their attainment

I can write and record
I can write and record


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Volunteer Action Network

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Twitter: @VacNet_
Project Leader:
Bukenya Muusa
Gulu, Uganda
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