It has done this as part of the Interfaith Action for Gender and Economic Justice program being implemented in the area. The COU did this in partnership with with Danish Church Aid (DCA) and funding from DANIDA.
The COU introduced this program as a result of learning from the previous engagement that poverty is one of the root causes of gender based violence.
This is according to Ms Irene Anena the Church of Uganda Provincial Program Officer for gender and social justice.
“Church of Uganda has been implementing the gender justice program for the last three years and in this new phase, we thought economic empowerment is very critical because one of the root causes of GBV is poverty. Unless we tackle household poverty, the cases of Gender Basd Violence will remain high. This program is part of Church of Uganda’s efforts to reduce women and girls vulnerability to GBV” Ms Anena said.
The cash distribution exercise commenced yesterday in Kumi and Bukedea districts. It will see twelve VSLAs supported with seed capital of Ugx 1 Million per group.
The groups supported will use this money to invest in income generating activities.
Bishop Michael Okwii Esakan, the Bishop of Kumi Diocese tasked people benefiting to follow their business plans.
He said they need to ensure proper accountability and transparency. He further applauded members for being organized and addressing issues in their community creatively.
“When you are organised, you benefit more and develop together. Every person has the responsibility of ensuring that our communities become what we desire them to be. Now that Church of Uganda and Dan Church Aid have come to support you, invest wisely. I will be monitoring the program myself.” Bishop Esakahn said.
Ms Anena encouraged the beneficiaries to ensure that the money is put to good use. She also encouraged them to ensure collective responsibility of the selected enterprises.
She said this will inspire other communities to want to be like them.
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