WEND and Struggle-Stricken Moms in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda — For almost 20 years Northern Uganda was terrorized by a insurgent group often known as the Lord’s Resistance Military (LRA). The LRA was extraordinarily brutal and merciless committing abductions, rapes and murders of civilians, primarily focused younger youngsters and adults. The LRA took younger ladies as intercourse slaves for commanders and leaders within the military, which created hundreds of younger, war-stricken moms and war-born infants. All through the LRA’s dominion, its members kidnapped 67,000 youth. Though this struggle resulted in 2007, the folks, particularly the moms and kids, are nonetheless struggling to get better from the horrific residing circumstances throughout that point.

The Challenges

To this present day, there are millions of moms and kids in Northern Uganda nonetheless affected by the horrible conditions the LRA compelled them into. The LRA kidnapped ladies at a really younger age and compelled them to be little one troopers or wives to its troopers. On account of the LRA’s sexual violence in direction of them, the ladies bore many youngsters whereas nonetheless being youngsters themselves.

For these fortunate sufficient to flee, they had been unable to offer for themselves or their youngsters. As a result of the ladies misplaced their childhoods, training and households so younger, they’d no means to assist themselves, not to mention their youngsters. This involuntary place at such a younger age additionally proves to be a major issue within the poverty of younger youngsters and households in Uganda. This heartbreaking actuality result in the creation of a corporation with the aim of giving these war-stricken moms hope and a method to offer for his or her households.


In 2014, Jolly Okot made a dedication to assist these moms and created the group, Girls Empowerment Community Design or WEND. WEND is a nonprofit organizations that helps moms affected by the struggle in Uganda to seek out employment, obtain an training and grow to be empowered. WEND goals to enhance the standard of life for girls in Northern Uganda and their households.

WEND survives off the gross sales of merchandise made by girls in Gulu, Uganda. The group offers these girls with superior coaching in tailoring and finance to allow them to produce high-quality luggage on the market in the US. WEND pays the ladies a month-to-month wage to create these merchandise. By way of these gross sales, the ladies are in a position to have financial stability for his or her households in addition to pay for his or her youngsters’s faculty.

WEND is creating higher lives for each the war-stricken moms and their youngsters. WEND has crew members in the US advocating for it and its bag gross sales in an effort to unfold its mission and proceed to assist moms and kids of Uganda. WEND is devoted to enhancing the lives of the ladies in youngsters deeply affected by the struggle.

Inspiring Girls In and Exterior of Uganda

WEND permits impressed folks to hitch in on imaginative and prescient journeys to empower the ladies within the communities the place it really works. The journeys are taken to Gulu, Uganda the place WEND relies. After a current journey with WEND, Francesca Calleo wrote, “Only a few phrases can precisely describe the 12 days spent in Gulu, Uganda. Merely put, I’m endlessly humbled by the ladies at WEND and I honor their energy, magnificence and resilience.” WEND has been in a position to enhance a major variety of lives and residing conditions in Northern Uganda via its work with war-stricken moms.

With continued assist and funding, the group will have the ability to keep it up its mission and proceed with the work it’s doing. “Working at WEND has given me the peace, stability and safety I want and offers me with a secure and loving neighborhood,” says Grace, a girl who was solely 13 when the LRA kidnapped her. Like Grace, there are a number of different girls who’re in a position to have a life for themselves and their youngsters via the work of WEND. To buy a bag or be taught extra in regards to the present girls of WEND go to the WEND Africa web site.

– Savannah Huls
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