Performer for Watoto

Performer for Watoto

Women and Adversity: African Women and Watoto

Women in American cannot envision the atrocities that millions of women around the world experience. I attended a song fest-fundraiser for Watoto recently. This Uganda-based Christian organization, with offices around the world, not only cares for and educates orphans, but it also has a program named Living Hope. This program assists vulnerable women who were abandoned or widowed, are HIV-positive, those returning from abduction by the rebel Army and teenage mothers.

It helps women restore their dignity by feeding, clothing and sheltering them. It educates them so are literate and teaches them life skills and trains them to develop their talents. The women learn business skills such as:

  • Choosing a business
  • Finding a location for the business
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial management
  • Customer service



They learn to develop their talents through:

  • Making jewelry
  • Sewing
  • Tailoring
  • Animal husbandry
  • Horticulture
  • Bee Keeping
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Information about Watoto is at



Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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