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  • Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
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The Uganda Fund’s long-term commitment to community-based initiatives is evidenced by our history of grantmaking and provision of technical assistance and capacity-building support to promising grassroots organizations in northern Uganda. With support from the Uganda Fund, these organizations are scaling up innovative projects throughout the post-conflict region.

  Youth Economic Development

Pader Girls Academy and Nwoya Girls Academy--Christian Counseling Fellowship

The Christian Counseling Fellowship (CCF) was founded in 2002 to address the plight of young mothers returning from LRA captivity and other vulnerable children who were victims of abuse, violence or exploitation during the 20 years of armed conflict.  CCF provides a wide range of services in education, child protection, health care, and youth livelihoods. To date, CCF has served more than 4,000 children who returned from LRA captivity.

In 2007, CCF founded the Pader Girls Academy (PGA).  Under the leadership of Alice Achan, and with funding from the Uganda Fund and other international donors, PGA was transformed from a reception center for girls who escaped or were rescued from LRA captivity into a secondary boarding school that fills a major void in service to girls affected by conflict: it is the only school in northern Uganda where girls who are pregnant or have children can receive quality education and supportive services. PGA was founded to reintegrate and educate girls who were victims of sexual violence at the hands of the LRA or in IDP camps and now welcomes girls who cannot enroll in mainstream education because they have babies, are too old for their age grade level, and/or lack financial resources as a result of the conflict.  PGA is unique in that it houses and educates both the girls and their infants on its campus. The mission of PGA is to enable students to achieve their highest academic, vocational and sports potential and help them become whole-rounded individuals in their communities. PGA has an average annual enrollment of 350 pader1

PGA’s vision is to create a community of girls affected by conflict who are self-reliant, who can achieve personal security and economic independence, and who are equipped to support their children by acquiring a quality education. With support from Uganda Fund, in 2013 CCF founded a second campus – the Nwoya Girls Academy – to continue meeting the extraordinary demand for quality education for vulnerable girls in the North. Nwoya Girls Academy's goal is to train young mothers in hospitality management and catering in order to prepare them for employment in Uganda’s growing tourism sector.

  Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

Center for Reparations and Rehabilitation

The Center for Reparations and Rehabilitation (CRR) was founded by four female attorneys to provide legal aid services to conflict-affected women, children and youth. The Uganda Fund supports CRR’s Access to Justice Project, which provides legal aid services, psychosocial support, advocacy, protection and capacity building for victims of war and human rights violations in five districts and ten sub-counties. 

With 1.8 million Ugandans having exited internally displaced persons (IDP) camps after many years, issues regarding land are particularly complex; procedures for people to return to their land were confusing, lengthy and expensive. Many displaced persons moved more than once; orphaned children often do not know where their parents came from. CRR helps people navigate these difficult land tenure processes.

Because of a major backlog in the judicial system, court cases can take 3-5 years to reach completion. CRR works with magistrates and court officials to assist its clients in this long and complex legal process and also helps clients settle outside of court. CRR also provides advice, mediation, alternative dispute resolution and legal representation in court. In order to reach people in rural areas, CRR conducts ten mobile legal aid clinics in different locations per quarter to do case collection, provide on-spot legal advice and conduct mediations for urgent matters. The clinics, in conjunction with informational radio programs and community dialogue meetings, create awareness about citizens’ rights and provide a forum for communities to discuss and solve problems. The capacity of communities is enhanced, enabling them to demand better services and hold leaders accountable on various topics such as domestic violence and land rights. Council leaders, cultural leaders, community-based organizations and community members jointly participate in these dialogues. CRR also hosts quarterly advocacy and coordination meetings to improve communication among the stakeholders, build relationships, and generate community-driven recommendations that have turned into concrete action.

With support from the Uganda Fund, CRR is also providing university scholarships with additional training and mentoring to young people with leadership potential. Scholarships allow families to send other children to school and beneficiaries undergo ongoing leadership training, which helps them mature and understand their personal stories and goals in broader context of their society. Students are encouraged to take up leadership positions at their universities and most of them have been involved at the class level, the association level and in the guild cabinet.

The Uganda Fund SGBV Survivors Project

With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Uganda Fund has initiated a three-year project to provide transitional justice to survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) in post-conflict greater northern Uganda through women's economic empowerment. UN Resolutions 1325 and 1889 acknowledge that lack of economic empowerment impedes the full participation of women and girls in peace building; therefore, this project aims to increase the economic independence of war-affected women so they can more fully participate in transitional justice. Through this project, the Uganda Fund provides grants to local community-based and non-governmental organizations, selected through a rigorous application process, to conduct economic livelihood projects in the Teso, Acholi, West Nile and Lango sub-regions. This project’s current grantees include:


Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA):

Amuria District Development Agency (ADDA) is an independent, local, service-focused NGO formed in 2006 to address the challenges communities face in Amuria district and provide community-based and focused development programming for those most affected by conflict. With funding from the Uganda Fund, ADDA is building the capacity of SGBV survivors to champion and promote economic development initiatives through training on entrepreneurship and livelihood improvement skills and by equipping participants with agricultural assets to increase production potential.  The project is training survivor groups in and providing resources for various enterprises (e.g., goat rearing, piggery, vegetable growing, modern farming) and skill sets (e.g., village savings and loan association methods, bookkeeping). 

Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD):

Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) is a registered NGO that has operated in 8 districts in the West Nile sub-region since 2000. CEFORD's mission is to build the resilience of disadvantaged women, men, youth, children and their groups/organizations to realize their rights and improve their well-being. CEFORD’s interventions focus on sustainable livelihoods, primary education, community services, health, good governance, and accountability. Since the majority of Ugandans derive their livelihoods from agricultural production, CEFORD invests in agriculture as a critical driver of economic empowerment for SGBV survivors. Adjumani district has a large percentage of arable land that could be used more effectively and emerging regional markets enable farmers to easily sell commercial produce. With funding from the Uganda Fund, CEFORD is working with conflict-related SGBV survivors in Adjumani district to build on these assets for agribusiness development and economic empowerment. In addition to the agricultural component, the project is building skills for SGBV survivors and young parents through a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) model, will address gender and land rights through a Gender Action Learning System, and will examine issues of health and improved land governance for SGBV survivors in Adjumani district.

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The Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) was established in 2005 to promote and protect human rights of women and girls in the post-conflict Lira district. FIRD improves the quality and standard of living of rural communities through research, advocacy, and capacity building. With funding from the Uganda Fund, FIRD is conducting a project to provide livelihood opportunities to 256 survivors of conflict-related SGBV in the Aromo and Agweng sub-counties in Lira district that were gravely affected by the LRA conflict. The project is forming SGBV survivor groups and providing them with entrepreneurial and livelihood skills training and income-generating support. The project is encouraging group members’ participation in economic development so they can meet their own basic needs for food, shelter and health care. This is part of a broader, collaborative transitional justice initiative aimed at providing reparations and a protective environment for survivors.

Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED/G):

Gulu Women's Economic Development and Globalization(GWED/G) is a grassroots women's rights organization founded in 2004 to serve war-affected women, especially those whose children were forcefully abducted by the LRA. GWED-G supports innovative initiatives to encourage social change in its target communities. With support from the Uganda Fund, GWED/G is implementing a project in Gulu district to improve income generating opportunities for 4 Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) groups whose rights were violated while they were living in IDP camps. The project will train group members on financial literacy and distribute VSLA toolkits to all group members. Instruction in goat rearing and other vocational skills will also be provided. The project’s emphasis on comprehensive livelihood initiatives is expected to improve the living conditions of these women and their families. This project addresses barriers to poverty reduction for vulnerable women including limited access to productive assets and capital, high quality social services, and realization of political rights.

The Women’s Advocacy Network (WAN) and the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP):

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The Women’s Advocacy Network(WAN) seeks justice and reconciliation for war-affected women and was created to bridge gaps in gender justice in Uganda. Comprised of 13 grassroots women’s groups and community-based organizations within the Acholi, Lango and West Nile sub-regions, WAN was founded by conflict-affected women in 2011 and is currently housed as a semi-autonomous body within the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP), a local NGO. With funding from the Uganda Fund, WAN is conducting a project entitled, “Increasing Redress for Female Survivors of SGBV in Northern Uganda through Economic Empowerment.” The project will engage 190 female survivors of SGBV from five WAN groups in Gulu, Lira, Pader and Adjumani districts in group income-generating projects, vocational skills trainings, revolving loan and savings schemes and financial management trainings to increase their household income, financial management skills, and ability to seek redress for past rights abuses.

Women and Rural Development Network (WORUDET):

WORUDET is an NGO founded in 2003 to advocate for the rights of women and children in Pader district in the Acholi sub-region. The organization focuses on women’s rights, economic empowerment and peace building. With funding from the Uganda Fund, WORUDET is implementing the Sustainable Economic Empowerment Project (SEEP) that targets both men and women who are survivors’ of conflict-related SGBV struggling to recover from the livelihood shocks they experienced during the war. SEEP is building the capacity of its target populations through trainings, provision of start-up capital for establishing income-generating activities at group and individual levels, and supporting survivors at the Pader Girls Academy (a longtime grantee of the Uganda Fund) with vocational skills training. SEEP will empower survivors economically by increasing their income, savings, and access to markets for their products.

US Office - Get In Touch

  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714



Gulu Office - Get In Touch

  •  Uganda Fund
    Plot 3 Erinayo Oryema Road
    P.O. Box 1541
    Gulu, Uganda
  •  Phone: +256.790.916.017
  •  Skype: Uganda.Fund
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