19 July 2014

South Korea in Koro

We thank our Friends from South Korean for the mission work they are undertaking. Last year 2013 Akanyocan Sharon was taken to South Korea for an operation which was successful. The team that is here had time to visit Sharon in the village of Olony in Anaka, Nwoya District. They also visited Gulu University, Pakwelo Parish and Koro church. In Koro, they supported putting glasses on the windows of the Church building, and conducted series of activities with Christians of Koro.

05 July 2014

From Graduation to the Village

 One unique thing with the Women Development Centre is the visit to the former Students (Alumni) in their respective communities. This week we visited at least four groups located in Nwoya, Bungatira, Awere and Lalogi. The journey has not been all that easy, some places have no roads and we had to drive in the bush- literally with a guide on a motorcycle tying to point out black sports with trees stems that may cause puncture of the tire.  From our visit, it is clear that Women are a big driving force in community transformation, how I wish we had enough resources to continue empowering these women groups. Now that DUFA is weaning WDC by the end of this month, we appeal to like minded organization to consider working with us. We need support in a number of areas; including fuel for movement, maintenance cost for the school van and facilitation to the staff as they teach at the centre, and move out to the communities, and airtime for internet among others. Some of our former students certainly remain in town and small centres, but some go up to remote places without electricity, no clean water, no roads …….
According to the women in the communities they need support in the areas of capital for starting and maintaining business, agricultural support, land right, developing their constitution and many others.

29 June 2014

From State of Hopelessness to Joy and Celebration

Celebration of a work well done:  Friday 27th June we graduated 70 Students of the Women Development Centre (WDC) who completed their one year course at the WDC in 2013.  The atmosphere was filled with joy and ululation as the former students receive their certificates and many items to kick start their life after school. Most of these students had lost hope after failing to continue with formal education because of cultural issues, war or death of parents.

One girl Monica Apiyo who did so well right from term one to term three got a very strong original SINGER machine from Japan.  This machine is more durable that the once in the market today. We are grateful to Marie and her friends for all the support in sending the machines and materials.
Mean while the rest of the students received brand new sewing Machines and assorted items. The tailoring students received Sewing machine each and the hairdressing students got almost all that is needed to start a Saloon.  Many thanks to DUFA and Kingos Church for the gift of all these items. For the last five years students who graduate from WDC are given sewing machines and items for saloon
The main challenge is lack of payment of fees and other graduation requirements which made some students to miss the items above. The condition for one to get these items is completion of school dues and payment of at least 25% of the cost of the items. This is to avoid the spirit of getting free things inculcated by the war in northern Uganda.
Why would one really come to WDC with the so many vocational Institutions in the area:  after graduation, the graduate are not left alone, we have a team called Outreach team who visit the former students in their groups and monitor their activities and provide necessary support. The groups themselves visit each other in order to share experience and forge way forward. By the end of May we already had 21 groups in different locations in the districts of Gulu, Amuru and Nwoya. With the passing out of these 70 students, we expect the groups to increase in number.
Please pray with us so that we continue this initiative of empowering women.

25 June 2014

New Face at the Diocese of Northern Uganda

Friends, we announce to you the arrival of Elizabeth Bumpas who will be here for a good number of years. As staff of the Diocese of Northern Uganda , we welcome her in our midst and pledge our total co-operation.

Elizabeth accepted the invitation of Bishop Johnson Gakumba to join the staff of the Diocese of Northern Uganda and she arrived at the end of May. She is from Charleston, SC in the United States and is a member of the Diocese of South Carolina.  Elizabeth will be the Asst. to the Bishop for International Relations and as such will be a bridge to the Diocese’s partners around the world.  She will also teach in the Janani Luwum Theological College.  Elizabeth earned her Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006 and has a passion for equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Eph 4:11).
We request you all to co-operate with her and if you need information about the Diocese do not hesitate to contact her. You can also find her on her facebook page and already she has helped the Diocese to create its own facebook page. It is called Anglican Diocese of Northern Uganda. Many of you have already signed onto it. We thank you very much.
Already from her short time with us, we see that Elizabeth is such a lovely lady and she is adjusting very well and willing to learn from us as we also learn from her.

31 May 2014

Out of School because of fees

Out of School because of fees
Aber Stella lost both parents during the war with the Lord’s Resistance Army. She joined Women Development Centre in February 2014 and registered for hairdressing course. Towards the end of term one, the centre sent students back home for failure to pay the fees requirements. Stella (A child mother) who is a mother to Rwotdit Jerald was among students sent home to get school fees. Unfortunately, when she went home her Uncle told her that he does not have money to continue paying her. Stella then stayed at home and as second term opens in May, Stella could not return to the centre. Instead she left the home of his uncle and started staying with a grandmother and digging inorder to make end meets. The Good news came when Marie said they could help to support the 11 students. I struggled to get Stella back and finally on Friday 30, Stella came to me and I told her to come back to school on Monday 2nd May 2014.
 I am also trying to get the rest back to the centre because Marie has accepted to pay their fees. Are you also willing to pay one or two students at the Centre? The Total cost per term can be just about 100 US dollars per term and we have only three terms in a year. The hairdressing course takes only one year and thereafter the students can be able to support themselves and their children.

Compiled by Rev Canon Willy Akena
Co-ordinator Women Development Centre