Amidst pomp, glamour, humility and thanksgiving, http://www.nviwoda.wordpress.comcelebrated its Silver Jubilee year in style and launch of its “School outreach Program 2012-2014 “Connecting Girls inspiring their Futures through Entrepreneurship” on the 16th June 2012 at Mengo S.S.S in Kampala. Targeting the ages of 9-14 years, through this program, NVIWODA has already reached out to six hundred and thirty six girls and boys pupils, in four primary schools within Kampala District,.
To further the Global Theme “Connecting Girls inspiring their Futures “ by 2014, NVIWODA plans to reach out to more girls in twenty, more schools in various Districts. This new initiative is aimed at bridging the gap of gender inequality.
The mentoring program is where “NVIWODA Senior mothers” mentor, counsel and pass on positive morals, cultural skills, building self confidence, including entrepreneurial skills to young girls in school. Girls are cautioned of the challenges ahead of the them and advised, to focus on their vision.
Attended by hundreds of women across the ten districts where NVIWODA has touched lives, testimonies of hard work, challenges, lifting each other up and trying again, has seen women entrepreneurs emerge from ordinary grass root women to become successful entrepreneurs, landlady, business owners and role models.
The occasion was graced by Hon. Victoria Sebagereka also the chairperson Kayunga District Farmers Association as the Chief Guest. Other special guests included the Former President and Secretary General NAWOU http://www.nawouganda.org, the current Secretary General NAWOU, the Administrative Secretary USSIA, Board Member UWEAL, Director -WEGCDA ,Representatives of NVIWODA CBOs from various districts ,Senior Program officer Information Sharing and Network among WOUGNET, other important dignitaries, Resident District Councils and friends of NVIWODA, attended the Jubilee. The Chaplain of Mengo S.S.S, Mrs. Elizabeth Katumba graced the occasion.
The Launch of the Programme, was occasioned by the pupils from Mother Care Day and Boarding Primary School of Bunamwaya Lubaga Division. The Head teachers of Kitebi Primary School, Nansana Church of Uganda, and St. Johns Bweyogerere represented the schools.
Hon Victoria Sebagereka, in her key note address noted that as Women, it is important to remember where we come from and where we are going and NVIWODA had done just that. The documentary tracing the birth of NVIWODA under the umbrella tree ( Tarminalia) in the compound of the, Late Mzee Kezironi Mukasa Ntulume (RIP), to the singing competitions this saw the birth of the current NVIWODA entrepreneurial spirit was an inspiring show.
Hon. Victoria Sebagereka noted that for women activism to have impact, it must be dignified. Only with dignity causes are achieved. She noted that we as women we should not lose the moral fiber. Traditionally women have been “Role models in society”. To be role models and inspire others, women should give back to society, what it has given to us.
As Uganda celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year, it finds organizations like NVIWODA leaps ahead in the socio- economic empowerment of women and families.
With minimum donor and outside support, NVIWODA has managed within its own resources to proudly grow to the level where it is now.
Congratulations NVIWODA upon achieving 25 years of existence!! TEAM – “Together we can achieve more”