Highlands Ranch, CO (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
Outreach Uganda, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which works to improve lives, empower women, and promote self-sufficient job creation in the Southern region of Uganda, Africa, has announced fundraising initiatives to benefit its Jinja beaders. The advocacy group is currently accepting donations for the purchase of up to five acres of land, so its members may build planned two bedroom, one bathroom homes. Once the purchase is finalized, the African beader group can receive financing for home construction through microloans and subsidized bank loans, while also receiving support from a consortium of local women’s groups, housing-related entities, nonprofits and banks.
To date, the non-profit has successfully enabled over 200 women in the regions of Kitgum, Lamwo, and Jinja to source additional income by selling handmade jewelry and crafts worldwide. Profits from these sales have helped the villagers realize improved living conditions, afford medicines and clothing, and provide their children educational opportunities. However, without access to land for which to build improved dwellings, poverty has remained problematic.
“While the beader groups have made great strides when it comes to earning a supplemental income, and improving their lives over the past six years, they continue to live in one room shelters made from mostly cardboard, grass and dirt. Our latest efforts will allow these women to build more suitable homes so they can finally rise above poverty and provide a solid developmental model for their children and future generations,” said Carol Davis, President of Outreach Uganda.
Up to 15 percent of the Jinja women beaders are HIV positive and have been widowed in the past. The goal is to therefore provide stabilization for these vulnerable women and their children, so that within five years they may permanently transition out of poverty. Read the complete article at Outreach Uganda.
About Outreach Uganda:
Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans to rise out of poverty. Founded in 2007, the humanitarian group relies on knowledgeable on-site Ugandans combined with short-term skilled volunteers to work as partners with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives. Outreach Uganda now has 3 beader groups: the Jinja group is in a small city, while the Kitgum group and Lamwo groups are in much smaller villages in the very northern part of Uganda.