Saturday, 13 March 2010

Uganda Women Concern Ministry (UWCM)

Project Overview

The Uganda Women Concern Ministry (UWCM) was founded in 1991 by Edith Wakumire, who had herself been orphaned as a child.

The mission of this organisation is to “holistically support women, children and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) to realise their potential and have control over their lives in order to eradicate poverty through capacity building, Christian faith-based work and creating an enabling environment.”

UWCM is based in Mbale in eastern Uganda. This is a mountainous area where most people live in a rural locality and rely on subsistence

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farming. As we know from recent catastrophic events in the area, it is prone to landslides during rainy seasons which result in many deaths as well as the destruction of crops and livelihoods. In addition, high illiteracy rates, poor access to health facilities, poor roads, large family sizes and HIV/AIDS all contribute to widespread poverty and suffering in the area.

The work and achievements of the UWCM within these communities have received global recognition and Kofi Annan presented Edith with the United Nations Development Programme award for her work on the eradication of poverty in 1998.

Love Africa Support for UWCM

Over the past few years, Love Africa has contributed towards the costs of church mobilisation projects led by the UWCM. The UWCM teams actively encourage, train and enable churches to reach out to their local communities by addressing physical as well as spiritual needs (holistic ministry).

Progress to date

A number of additional churches have been mobilised, through a variety of approaches, to engage with their local communities. UWCM has delivered a number of training programmes, such as HIV/AIDS awareness and counselling, marriage seminars and parenting courses.

The variety of support has ranged from educating local Sunday school teachers to the provision of goats to marginalized and child-headed families. This work has a direct impact on the lives of both Christians and non-Christians.

What’s Next?

Edith is clearly a woman of faithful ambition and vision. Her compassion and understanding of the requirement to meet bothEdith Wakumire physical and spiritual needs, has brought her alongside the suffering of the most vulnerable and marginalized. She has challenged and inspired volunteers from churches (sometimes referred to as “angels”) to physically search out and care for those most in need.

Our hope is that St James will have the privilege to continue to support the work of the UWCM as well as inviting Edith to come to the UK to teach us to do the same.