WELL ANNUAL REPORT 2019
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND LIVELIHOOD LINKS (WELL) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) started in 2014 and registered with Jinja District Local government with the vision; “Empowered women and children of Uganda for family wellbeing” The organization’s Mission is “To enable women & children attain empowerment through health, education, socio-economic, clean environment and psychosocial support interventions”.
Since establishment, WELL has empowered 40 girls and 30 young women through “Craft for Education ” and “Soap and Body Jelly for Livelihood” projects aimed at increasing household incomes and promoting their education in Jinja district – Uganda. Four of the girls have completed University Education and are working with WELL to promote girl child education and empowering other youth through agriculture. We have rescued 2 young girls from sex work and returned them to school, one has since completed diploma studies and already employed. We have held training and sensitization workshops reaching 1500 women and 4000 girls in Jinja to promote gender equality and rights awareness.
WELL has supported its youth to establish a piggery and a garden in Jinja for income and contribution to their family food basket. This has greatly improved the work attitude among youth, supplementing parents’ contribution towards their fees and provision of personal necessities and pocket money at school. After their work at the farm, they meet at WELL skills training centre to discuss academics and other issues that affect them.
WELL has finally established a centre for skills training where its beneficiaries converge for training.
ALL the above achievements would not be possible without support of the following;
We are extremely grateful to first and fore most VGIF which has supported WELL from scratch; they are our first funders who picked us when no one was willing to risk money with a beginning organisation in 2015. With its funds we were able to start and develop the soap making project. We now make herbal bathing soap, washing bar soap and liquid soap.
We thank Ms. Blyth Macphee who has continuously supported the women with market for their craft and health care. For us every COIN matters.
We thank Private Sector Fund – Uganda through Skills Development Fund (SDF) who gave us additional funds to train in herbal Body Jelly. The continued directors’ contributions have helped us initiate other projects namely; crafts, tailoring, youth projects, supporting girl education and now establishment of a training centre.
NYAPENDI ANNE TERESA