There are 36,000 South Sudan refugees in Bolore and Pagirinya Refugee settlements, 72% are young girls, women and children between 9 to 18 years with no access to sanitary pads, clean water and other basic needs. VacNet and WGEF is responding to this crisis by supplying free Lucky Girls Sanitary Pads, and providing education around menstrual health management. To support the ever growing demand, we are boosting our production that has been already stretched by over 3000 young girls using the Luck Girls Sanitary Pads.

Now VacNet and WGEF will be distributing 8000 free Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads, and plans to continue making monthly supplies to South Sudan refugees leaving in 2 Refugee settlements in Ajduman District.

Previously many girls would not attend school when they menstruated or would drop out of school completely, majority did not much about their body changes reproductive health, and how to manage their menstruation under challenging circumstance of lack. Today VacNet and WGEF is proud to announce that girl’s attendance has increased since when the distribution of the Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads started.

Early data show that the HPI initiative has had a remarkable impact on girls in schools, female inmates in Gulu prison and young girls in of Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements who are the direct beneficiaries of our free distributions of Lucky Girls sanitary pads. They are well informed about reproductive health and more comfortable with discussing issues around menstruation, puberty and relationships with boys.

We have trained 28 young girls supporting the production that benefits 8 schools, and South Sudan refugees, supporting 3000 women with access to affordable sanitary pads in Northern Uganda. Data shows a steady increase in girls attending school since we began distributing Luck Girl Sanitary Pads.

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In just one month we have supported women working their way out of poverty by disbursing 350 new micro loans to support women in Omoro District who are looking up to better their lives, start and expand their business. All women were provided intensive business skills and provided with micro loans to help them start and expand their business. Each woman represented a household we need to see improvement in house hold income, children able to go to school and families Table access quality health care services.

“I feel like I matter, from today instead of focusing on just survival, being given the opportunity to access credit for the first time then I have a new beginning and confidence begin to looking for ways to thrive in my life”.

Jennifer – VacNet and WGEF microloan beneficiary- Omoro District.

VacNet and WGEF's Credit Plus participants receive a microcredit loan bundled with social and educational services, allowing them to create an opportunity for sustainability, increased food security and health and nutrition. Each loan recipient is required to attend bi-monthly meetings. These meetings will entail loan repayment and training on business skills, literacy, health or leadership development. Women invests their micro loans in varied business such as produce selling, baking, tailoring and knitting, grocery store, poultry and agro loans. All these loans help women and their house holds become more resilient and better able to provide for their families in times of economic difficulty.

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“When I received my first loans of $100 from VacNet and WGEF last I dedicated myself to use the opportunity to change mile life and support my family better. Now all my children are going to school and I have bought 2 cows. Most important I feel less stressed now”

Thank you VacNet and WGEF for trusting me

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As part of Gulu Women’s Resource Centre’s goal of providing women with current and critical information, community meeting space, computer and life skill trainings, VacNet and WGEF offered a 3 months’ basic computer training for 27 young girls and women to help them learn and improve their knowledge and skills in basic computer applications. The training drew participants from primary schools, secondary schools drop outs. It is through information and education that self esteem and empowerment is facilitated, enabling women to stand up and lead themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty that is often presented before them.

Young women are such a wonderful blessing and powerful resource to the community of Gulu and inspire us daily as they work tirelessly towards a bright future. Regardless of their backgrounds, health status, and heartbreak, they have big dreams to change their lives and community. This is where VacNet and WGEF contribution and support is critical to provide them with tools to enable them realize their potentials

On my graduation today I feel powerful and inspired because me 4 of us we are already been employed, the missing gap was the lack of computer skills which has been filled up the training provided to us. Gulu Women’s Resource Center is the bridge that is connecting all women young and old with meaningful resources and it is facilitating change in community” we are so blessed to have the Center in Gulu”.

Thank you VacNet and WGEF for the Opportunity---- Nancy

We provide this opportunity to young girls to help them become familiar with basic computer skills, including hardware, software and common applications. In particular, the training intends to provide the understanding of general computer concepts to students and other members of the community; to build human capacity in the area of information communication technology. The modules offered at GWRC’s computer lab included introduction to computers, keyboard typing skills, Microsoft word processing, Microsoft excel data spreading, power point presentation and Internet email use.

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