In a humble setting lies the story of the Ntulume Village Women’s Development Association (NVIWODA). In June 1987 a group of women residing in Ntulume Village founded, Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA).www.nviwoda.interconnection.org It is a legally registered woman NGO (Reg.S5914/404) and operates in ten districts of Uganda, the organization equips women with skills, networks and shares knowledge and information with twenty seven women community based groups.
As a strategic method to mobilize women at the grassroots the organization in 1988, engaged women in the community, in music dance and drama activities, sanitary towel project, training women in food processing and name many other technical hands on skills development.
NVIWODA envisions a knowledgeable community of women trained, equipped with entrepreneurial/technical skills, and capable of influencing and making decisions.
To increase income of grassroots women, through provision of entrepreneurship/technical skills training and development, micro credit support and information sharing so that they are to play an effective role for sustainable development.
- Equipping women and girls with entrepreneurial skills
- Equipping women with technical hands on skills for product development
- Providing women with knowledge and information in order to promote women rights.
- Equipping women with basic skills in use and application of ICT’s to improve their livelihoods
- Providing women members with credit facilities
Organization and decision-making
The Decision making organ of this organization is constituted of the General Assembly, which elects an Executive Committee. Handling day to day activities of the organization is headed by the Progamme Coordinator who is supported by volunteer members of the organization hired consultant trainers, Senior Accounts Officer and Administrative Secretary.
Empowering Women to reduce Poverty:
NVIWODA strongly believes in women empowerment that’s why it later set up Entrepreneurship and Career Development Centre in 1998.
Culture, expanded family system, Gender, non educational level and marginal propensity are some of the challenges that hinder rural women to participate in social and economic development, NVIWODA entrepreneurship and gender empowerment programmes is a just cause that gives women freedom to ascertain an alternative social and economic development. The organization programmes creates awareness and empowers women in different aspects of life and gives them the opportunity to positively analyze and reduce the multiple roles that could result into poor living conditions that exists in a traditional family set up.
Besides entrepreneurship development, other programmes comprises of promotion of ICT’s and building human capacity of women to basically utilize them like, Internet surfing, e-mailing and for enterprise growth. Some Men also benefit from our programmes, to able them understand and learn the cause for women emancipation.
Since its inception the organization has undertaken quite a number of activities that empowers women, who continue to testify and duplicate the activities and share knowledge gained within their communities. NVIWODA has existed for 23 years
A great support to most of NVIWODA activities and programmes come from, Global Fund for Women and United Methodist Church, resulting into advancement of the organization to stride an extra mile in women movement. Over and above two thousand women lives and their families have been reached and their lives changed tremendously. The focus of our programmes is to reach out to more disadvantaged and marginalized women, build their human capacity to enable them gain self confidence and self esteem that could result into formal decision making.
To network and strengthen the membership NVIWODA links its members to other umbrella women organizations in Uganda, this enhances their capacities. The women are conducted through study tours to enable them share information and learn from other peoples experiences.
Networking and Capacity Building – Members –
To Identity the beneficiaries needs NVIWODA Strategically Plans with its members. The organizations coordinated effort is a role model of its work, through its reach out initiatives creating a strong foundation of women movement and increasing its visibility.
Through networking with Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), NVIWODA participates in Citizen Journalism Africa Project – Uganda Chapter. This project gives an opportunity and encourages NVIWODA members to take advantage of citizen journalism and to be equipped with skills in applications of other web tools. As result member’s information sharing and networking, has been enhanced and let alone making grassroots organizations work more visible globally.
Affiliation and Networks:-:
Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) is a member of National Association of Women NGO’s in Uganda (NAWOU), Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)www.wougnet.org/profiles/nviwoda.html, and Development Network of Indigenous Initiatives for Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)www.deniva.or.ug/files/news-07-may.pdf, ICON partners & Associates. Twenty Seven Community Based Women Groups in Uganda forms the local network of NVIWODA.
Enhancing CBO’s capacity to advance development
In order for the women groups at the grassroots level to become vibrant in their communities NVIWODA Organizes and equips women with ethics of social and community development, project proposal writing, leadership and financial management skills, the focus is to strengthen the groups capacity, to learn how to effectively manage their groups.
Grant Awarding to Women Groups
On achieving a 15th Partnership Anniversary Grant Award from Global Fund for Women, NVIWODA re-granted toTwenty Seven Community Based women groups of ten districts in Uganda. This expanded our membership and provided us with opportunity to share our programmes and knowledge with other women at the grassroots. A total of US. $ 20,454 (as at February 2010) was given to groups to support different projects that promote women human rights.
NVIWODA exhibits ICT’s tools and the roles they play to women development
The exhibit, besides building women’s capacity it is also a deliberate effort to enable women benefit from ICTs, and it also creates practical awareness about the benefits and opportunities offered by ICTs.
In partnership with Mperre Indigenous Initiatives for Development (MIID) a grassroots CBO located in Kabarole District, NVIWODA benefited from East African Community RICTSP Incubator Projects small grant, as a result MIID, implements and manages connecting the unconnected ICT’s Project for the community. The project provides solar phones, charging public pay phone and phone credit cards. It is aimed at bridging the communication technological divide gap.