Violence in Uganda

July 23, 2008

Ugandan widowsIn Uganda, violence is often just a part of life, particularly for the women. A recent news report focuses on the reasons for this violent behavior, pointing the finger primarily at armed conflict, poverty, alcohol abuse, and cultural attitudes. This article provides a very real, eye-opening look at the situation many of these people must live in.

Though violence is a huge problem-one that will take years and years to correct-Trivani has taken the first step and implemented a widow’s microfinance program in Kaberamaido, one of the poorest areas of the country. These widows see some of the worst violence of any group, so this program will provide hope for thousands of women who have nowhere else to turn.

Currently, fifty widows are attending a vocational training school to learn skills such as cooking, sewing, and jewelry making. These skills will help the widows to better support their families and the orphans that many of them have taken in. Trivani is paying for each widow’s education and has also partnered with the headmaster of a private secondary school, who has agreed to produce the school curriculum and organize the teachers and classes for these widows.

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One Response to “Violence in Uganda”

  1. Ashley said

    Wow! That’s sooo awesome!

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