Welcome to NVIWODA
Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) is a non-governmental organization that equips women with entrepreneurship skills and capacity building for sustainable livelihoods. We promote family incomes at the grassroots through education. It started in 1987 and was registered as a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) in June 1991- Reg.S.5914/404) Its membership is composed of individual members and Community Based Women groups (CBO’S) found in 10 Districts of Uganda. In 1987, the women living in Ntulume Village in Namirembe/Bakuli Parish, Lubaga Division- Kampala District, established –Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) to advance women empowerment at both semi-urban and rural areas of Uganda, who did not have an opportunity to access development knowledge and information. NVIWODA is one of Ugandan women’s organizations that originally founded as a CBO in the 80’s, and in its success it has covered a 32 Year Journey.
Pre-historyIn 1987, a group of women living in Ntulume village met every Friday evening from 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the night, with a torch, if it rained we would put on gumboots, these women would move door to door mobilizing fellow women to participate in meetings, discussing women development concerns. Sometimes we would find resistance from some husbands, but we never gave up until they allowed their wives to attend. On every Saturday of the week, women gathered under a terminalia tree, for a meeting at the residence of the late Mzee Kezironi Mukasa Ntulume, who allowed women a meeting space or venue in his compound. Through self-help efforts and team work, we began by mobilizing meager resources i.e. each participating woman contributed Uganda shillings 50atevery turn up for a meeting and subscribed 100/= monthly fee, to raise annual subscription fees for the organization. The Patron Late Kezironi Mukasa Ntulume, gave women a piece of land to construct an office, where NVIWODA now operates. In Uganda women national mobilization and development, begun through Music Dance and Drama competitions right from the grassroots at village, parish, district and finally National competition awards, women of Ntulume Village did not lag behind. At a parish competition, NVIWODA was overall winner and received gifts that included jerry cans, plastic mugs, hurricane lamps, and cooking oil. Women agreed to that these items be sold off to raise UGX.6, 000/= equiv. (1$), this marked the next move for the organization to mobilize startup funds to start sanitary towel project in 1988. NVIWODA 32 years of operation has involved running a number of projects that have shifted grassroots women and empowerment to another level of livelihoods.
Organs that Govern the organization
- The Secretariat: The Secretariat that runs day –to- day affairs of Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) is headed by the Programme Coordinator.
- The Executive Committee of NVIWODA The Committee is composed of Nine (9) women including the youth representative with a representation of the CBO’s. The function of the Executive Committee is to provide the strategic direction for NVIWODA, oversee the smooth running of the organization and effective implementation of NVIWODA programmes and activities.
- The Annual General Meeting Is a supreme decision-making organ of the organization? The Annual General Assembly meets annually and consists of all individual members and Representatives of the Community Based Women Groups. The AGM is The Executive Committee elected by the General Assembly of members,
Mandate and core functions
A family which is empowered with increased incomes at household level.
Promote family income at the grassroots level through education.
Families equipped, through entrepreneurship skills and capacity building for sustainable livelihoods.
Participatory as a core value
NVIWODA believes that every woman irrespective of their education level has a right to participate in the development process from the grassroots household level, to the policy making process. The organization conforms to the cultural norms, values and practices in the communities, which particularly limit a woman’s capacity to participate effectively in the development process, hence it practices a coordinated effort to involve women, men and youth at all levels of intervention.
Principles and Values
Transparency Accountability Respect for each other Excellency High spirit of voluntarism Respect