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Peer Counselors End Year with Reflection & Team Building

A sense of excitement, gratitude and joy was all over when a-team of 46 peer counsellors and group chairpersons from 5 Districts, mate at Gulu Women’s Resource Center to share the achievements of the year and also reflect, learn and plan for a big coming year 2018. WGEF values the meaningful participation of our grassroots structure headed by a team of powerful peer counselors. Meaning taking the lead in planning and implementation of our programs offers them the true vehicle for empowerment. true empowerment comes from women’s ability to participate and having a voice.

When I joined the team of peer counsellors I discovered my voice both from home, and my community, having a voice is the most important feeling in my life

Mary – WGEF peer Counsellor

Think Globally On Colorado Gives Day!

Community First Foundation and FirstBank are presenting Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners is one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country.

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“I feel like I matter, from today instead of focusing on just survival, being given the opportunity to access credit for the first time then I have a new beginning and confidence begin to looking for ways to thrive in my life.”

Jennifer – WGEF Client, Omoro District


For over 25 years, I have been committed to understanding the complexities around poverty, inequality and justice. It is through this in-depth examination I founded WGEF and created the Credit Plus Model. What I discovered is that there are more than a few things you cannot learn in books, board rooms or well-constructed data: the resiliency of the human spirit, the tenacious desire to create, and the true meaning of sisterhood.

Working in a post-conflict region in Africa, with people who have experienced brutality, injustice and voicelessness, taught me more than I could have ever learned in the halls of academia, online, house of worship or a Ted Talk. It is a great gift, to truly know the capacity of human beings when treated with dignity and respect; supported through programs that amplify their voices and reclaim their communities.  Every day WGEF works hard to ensure every woman in our program is supported to access resources, make choices and determine life outcomes – the definition of empowerment.

At the heart of our program is the most amazing and ‘least sexist’ man I have ever known, Bukneya Muusa. Make no mistake, this transformative and relevant program would not exist without my colleague, who has worked tirelessly every day for the last 10 years. His leadership has enabled WGEF to have assembled a most amazing staff; committed young Ugandans working in their communities to create change, fighting for equality, justice and families every day.

As I write this, it is seemingly a time of great upheaval in our world; live, give and work in your local and global community. We are all connected and together we can continue to work towards equality and justice. Thank you for your ongoing support of WGEF.

Read the full update in our newsletter archive for annual reports from the GULU Women’s Resource Center and our Healthy Periods Initiative.

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Women’s Global Named Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2017 by GreatNonprofits

Women’s Global announced today we have been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

We are honored to be named a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit. We are proud of our accomplishments already this year, including the opening of Gulu Women’s Resource Center, expanding our Healthy Periods Initiative, launching the Women’s Bakery Project in Haiti and more!

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews that Women’s Global received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. You can view our page and leave a review here.

One reviewer said: “After five years of watching and supporting WGEF, I can say without hesitation that there is no better example on how a NGO should operate; by putting the clients in a position to improve their lives on their own terms. For anyone that is thinking of supporting WGEF through their labor or financial input, know that you are taking part in an organization that is changing lives through a small operating budget, a selfless, passionate and dedicated staff and in a community ripe for advancement and innovation.”

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GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.2 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2017 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found here.