APROFER TEAM UPDATE:
APROFER has been actively working towards their mission in the last three months. They provided intensive training on property law, domestic violence and women’s rights to 20 new couples and made multiple follow-up visits to each in order to change problematic behavior. Eight of the couples have been deeply affected by these efforts and are sharing their new knowledge and experiences with their neighbors. An additional six couples have also already shown a remarkable change in behavior but have not yet begun to train others. The remaining six couples who are still living with violence are continuing to receive visits and support from the team.
APROFER also held a public training session on women’s rights with regard to property management and made follow up visits to the homes of each family who attended. They also conducted a follow-up impact study to see where their goals have been achieved and what areas need more focus. According to that study, 60% of their trainees, and among them 80% of the widows, report that they now feel confident about their rights under the law and are ready to teach others in their neighborhood.
Always adapting to meet the needs of their target population, they also compiled a list of the most frequently mentioned obstacles that families are facing so that they can address them when providing future trainings. Among the issues mentioned are lack of health care and family planning, alcoholism and money mismanagement.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE:
GIRLS ACADEMY FOR CONSCIOUS CHANGE
In Rwinkwavu, our 70- vulnerable high school girls who took part in the Girls Academy training last November are exceeding our greatest expectations with their passion, commitment and fearlessness. Although their projects were initially intended to take place as a one-time events during their holiday school break, the girls are motivated to develop long-term programs creating change in their communities as well as opportunities for themselves to grow as leaders. For examples, one of the six teams, called Brave People, works on the issue of homeless youth. They have succeeded in reintegrating seven children back into their families as well as helping three children find families to adopt them.
To read more about these inspiring young women, you can take a look at their page on Global Giving.
NORTHERN UGANDA EXPANSION
We believe that engaging women and girls in post-conflict reconstruction is crucial to changing the attitudes that created conflict in the first place. To that end, we’re happy to announce that in January, we initiated our first Academy for Conscious Change via a nine-day residential training program that was held in Gulu, Northern Uganda. We accepted eight venture teams represented by 40 change agents into our first cohort.
Our participants are predominately vulnerable women affected by the reign of terror of the Lord's Resistance Army in their region. Working diligently, the teams have begun the design of their social ventures working on the following issues: HIV, Divorce, Household Conflict & Overwork, Women's Human Rights, Gender-based Violence, Illiteracy, Advancing Women in Leadership, and `Property Rights. They now are engaged in Phase 2 of our 18-month program to complete the development of their ventures. By building the capacity of women to heal from trauma and advance their own ideas, we hope to support empowerment, healing, and reconciliation. We look forward to learning from their insight and wisdom and helping them create conscious social change in their communities.