Uganda Project

by Julie Imbert-Berry and Laura Vazquez

Wars and insurrections have plagued Uganda's West Nile region in the past, and until recently, development projects in the area have been scarce. Since 2006, when the Quakers of Sparta began The Uganda Project of Yarmouth Monthly Meeting, they have aimed to aid and empower West Nile families. Their main goal is to assist the West Nile Disadvantaged Women and Orphans Association (WENDWOA) with their Alternatives to Violence and income-generating workshops.

In five years, spearheaded by Mary Edgar, the project has trained more than 700 women and men in Alternatives to Violence. More than twice that number have been trained in different handicrafts and organic farming, providing impoverished women and their families with a source of income and improved food supplies.

We plan to continue the development of this project. While WENDWOA's profile has gained from our presence, and practical help from the government has increased, the beneficiaries are still lacking skills, particularly in the areas of marketing and non-violence.

An Alternatives to Violence workshop for 25 people costs about $770; a handicraft workshop for 50 people costs about $1,750. These fees provide three-day workshops with supplies as well as food and transport for participants and facilitators, and cover miscellaneous costs, such as remuneration for interpreters. As always, this Uganda project is supported by Yarmouth Monthly Meeting (Quakers) in Sparta, but we greatly rely on contributions from generous individuals.

Visit the WENDWOA website by clicking on their logo below:


  • $15 will give one participant food for a three-day workshop
  • $30 will give one participant a complete Alternatives to Violence workshop
  • $35 will give one participant a complete handicraft workshop, with enough materials
  • to make more items and gradually become self-sustaining
  • $40 will provide materials for an Alternatives to Violence workshop
  • $75 will give an apprentice Alternatives to Violence facilitator a workshop allowance
For those wishing a charitable tax receipt, please make cheques payable to "Yarmouth Monthly Meeting" and mark them attention "Uganda Project" and send to: The Treasurer, Yarmouth MM, PO Box 105, Sparta, ON, N0
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