We start with One Young Woman.
UgWO’s efforts go beyond the individual to impact communities for many years to come.
VOICES OF UgWO EMERGING WOMEN (EmW)
Nabwire Assumpta Bridget, 16
Following the passing of her father, Bridget’s mother(a primary school teacher) could not afford proper schooling for her and her four siblings. UgWO is helping Bridget focus on her education in the sciences, to enable her to one day fulfill her aspirations of becoming a doctor. As the eldest child in her family, Bridget is a natural-born leader who is always willing to take charge. She considers her mother and Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament as her role models.
Adeti Doreen, 15
Doreen’s father has passed away, leaving her HIV-positive mother to take care of her and her younger sister. She dreams of becoming a doctor, specializing in dentistry. UgWO is helping to make this dream a reality. Doreen says, “I am very happy and now settled at school. Unlike those days, [when] I would be at home [because of] school fees. I don’t know how I can express my happiness.” Doreen’s role model is her mother.
UgWO ESTABLISHED WOMEN (EsW) IN ACTION
Saida’s mother passed away when she was ten years old. Her father died a few years later, leaving her parentless and out of school. She later married out of necessity at the age of sixteen. Today, Saida is the mother of three children, caretaker of her niece and the provider for her two teenager brothers. She is now also a business owner. UgWO invested $800 into Saida’s clothing store, a sustainable source of revenue for her family–now and for the future. She isnow looking forward to an opportunity to refine her budding business skills, while raising her status within her community. In the meantime, Saida’s confidence continues to grow, inspiring her to become a role model for other aspiring young women facing similar challenges.
By the age of seven, both of Sanyu’s parents had passed away. Stints living with different relatives deprived her of a stable living and learning environment. Sanyu would later escape an early marriage and the many traps faced by orphaned girls from the rural areas in Uganda. She would later find work as a household laborer and caregiver for younger children. Financial support from UgWO has allowed Sanyu to attend boarding school for her secondary education; ongoing encouragement and mentorship provided the space for personal development. Today, by her own choice, Sanyu is a mother to a baby girl, and a mentor to other young women. She owns her own boutique retail business. Despite a learning disability, Sanyu intends to attain a degree in business administration.