Volunteer Action Network (Vac-Net) is a non-profit organization, established in 2005 by a group of committed volunteers who live and serve in the region, they realize the worsening situation of the rural poor, especially women who are adversely affected by the Socio-economic imbalance and yet constitute a greater labor force for production.
Volunteer Action Network is rural inclined and aims at empowering underserved women in Uganda through socio-economic, health education and leadership development programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. It seeks to offer women leadership and empowerment abilities required to lead successful, dignified lives.
In 2007 VacNet formed a strategic relationship with the U.S. based non -profit, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) and are working together to achieve the organization’s key objective and implementing the credit plus model in Northern Uganda.
VacNet and Women's Global Empowerment Fund continues to create a social network, by investing in women we provide not only economic opportunities, but health educational and leadership opportunities as well. This helps women to build livelihoods for their families and communities. The uniqueness of our holistic programming lies in its ability to create platforms for identifying and addressing the challenges facing underserved women in the areas of our operation.
VacNet and Women's Global Empowerment Fund are dedicated to work with grassroots women who are working every day to create a better future for themselves and their children. They are in villages, markets selling goods, produce, raising livestock, agriculture, rebuilding their communities; participating in community planning meetings, taking care of their children, hauling water, cooking, cleaning, and lobbying for a space for their voices to be heard and respected.
Volunteer Action Network is a registered NGO with mandate to operate in Uganda, an active member of Gulu District NGO Forum, a member of the Gender working Group, a member Northern Uganda women Human rights Network, Member to CSOs coalition against child abuse
Over the years we have supported over 30,000+ micro Loans , supported 6,373 small medium business startups. Additionally, 3,600+ women have completed the literacy program and other critical business development trainings. VacNet Implemented HIV/AIDS prevention project reaching out to 427,000 clients in Gulu. Our Health Periods Initiative supported 101,061 young girls and refugees with free and subsidised SanitaryPads. The Gulu Women's Resource Centre supports provided access to critical information. Supported 136 women to access justice, 3,560 women and men participated in the women's assembly radio program which attracted 1.5 million listenership in the region .