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.
“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.
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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.”
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.
As part of Gulu Women’s Resource Centre’s goal of providing women with current and critical information, community meeting space, computer and life skill trainings, WGEF offered a 3 months’ basic computer training for 27 young girls and women to help them learn and improve their knowledge and skills in basic computer applications. The training drew participants from primary schools, secondary schools drop outs. It is through information and education that self esteem and empowerment is facilitated, enabling women to stand up and lead themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty that is often presented before them.
Young women are such a powerful resource to the community of Gulu and inspire us daily as they work tirelessly towards a bright future. Regardless of their backgrounds, health status, and heartbreak, they have big dreams to change their lives and community. This is where WGEF’s contribution and support is critical to provide them with tools to enable them realize their potentials
“On my graduation today I feel powerful and inspired because me 4 of us we are already been employed, the missing gap was the lack of computer skills which has been filled up the training provided to us. Gulu Women’s Resource Center is the bridge that is connecting all women young and old with meaningful resources and it is facilitating change in community” we are so blessed to have the Center in Gulu. Thank you WGEF for the Opportunity” – Nancy
“The fighting in our home country separated me from my family, I don’t know if they are still alive, I was left alone with no one to tell my challenges, no one to take care of my needs such as sanitary pads I have to use a piece of cloth, but also cleaning it is a challenge because we don’t have enough water and soap in this camp” – Christine, 14 years old.
Sadly 70% of mothers in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements think periods are dirty and 66% of girls and women manage periods without toilets. Having your period in a refugee settlement is uncomfortable, unsanitary and unjust PERIOD! Influenced by differences in sociocultural norms, without education for young girls on how to manage their periods, whether and from whom they can seek reliable information and help.
When a girl faces obstacles in managing her menses in a healthy way, she is at risk for infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period, or worse still, drop out of school altogether upon reaching puberty. Over time, these negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and having a healthy, productive life. It’s about justice.
WGEF is responding to this crisis by supplying Lucky Girls Sanitary Pads to young girls and women in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements. These 2 settlements host 36,000 people of which 72% are young girls, women and children between 9 to 18 years.
This month WGEF has provided 300 young girls and women with Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads, and critical information on menstrual health; our goal is to deliver 7000 pads every month to women and girls living in the camps.
WGEF disbursed 350 new micro loans to to support women in Omoro District who are looking up to better their lives, start and expand their business. All women were provided intensive business skills and provided with micro loans to help them start and expand their business. Each woman represented a household we need to see improvement in house hold income, children able to go to school and families Table access quality health care services.
“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, Omoro District
WGEF Credit Plus participants receive a microcredit loan bundled with social and educational services, allowing them to create an opportunity for sustainability, increased food security and health and nutrition. Each loan recipient is required to attend bi-monthly meetings. These meetings will entail loan repayment and training on business skills, literacy, health or leadership development. Women invests their micro loans in varied business such as produce selling, baking, tailoring and knitting, grocery store, poultry and agro loans. All these loans help women and their house holds become more resilient and better able to provide for their families in times of economic difficulty.
“When I received my first loans of $100 from WGEF last I dedicated myself to use the opportunity to change mile life and support my family better. Now all my children are going to school and I have bought 2 cows. Most important I feel less stressed now. Thank you WGEF for trusting me.” – Hellen, Koro District