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Review for Women Global Empowerment Fund, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The fall of 2015 I was finally able to travel to WGEF's Gulu-based office, and I believe the way to convey my experience is through a journal entry I wrote while I was still in Uganda:

October 3, 2015
Today is the drama festival. I am so excited to finally experience the dances, traditions, and pride of so many women I met earlier this week. After watching their various plays and performances, one particularly struck me. The group presenting called themselves, “Women are the pillar,” and they were performing a drama supporting women in government. Their drama began with a scene where everyone was registering to vote, and soon afterwards, a female candidate was nominated for office. During the campaign rally, the male candidate promised clean water, education, and money. However, the female candidate promised education for girls so they can grow up to be leaders - she promised to be the voice of the women and girls of the Gulu district. At the end of the drama, the female candidate won. The other women on stage sing out, “Advocate for women to participate in leadership and vote!” I felt so invigorated after watching their drama. It made me happy to see the women actively involved and excited about women in civic participation.

At the end of the festival, I was in such a happy place. Sylvia, one of the women actively involved in WGEF initiatives, grabbed my hand and asked me to dance. We wandered into a group of cheering, joyful women and began to sway. Another group of women soon followed us, and they began shaking their hips and grabbed my hands high into the air. We laughed together and enjoyed the calm moment. I can honestly say I have never felt such acceptance in such a foreign place. Eventually, it was time to say goodbye. The women held me and told me to come back.

I want to come back. I want to come back to their courage, love, and resilience. Although I wasn’t here long, I have a lifetime of memories and amazing, inspiring experiences. Gulu will always have a special place in my heart.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Global Empowerment Fund, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund has shaped the way I act and perceive the world around me. I initially met Karen when I was only a sophomore in high school, and now I am a junior in college and I'm still gravitated towards the organization. I feel as though many non-profits aimed at improving the livelihood of individuals ignore the political aspect of change, but not WGEF. WGEF recognizes the importance of being involved with the local government and encourages her clients to not only start businesses, but also to start becoming politically active. I had the pleasure of meeting one of WGEF's clients when I first started volunteering, and now she has ran multiple times for government. I am in awe of the passion and strength Karen has brought to Gulu through WGEF, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the organization.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Global Empowerment Fund, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Karen Sugar when I was sophomore in high school, and now, five years later I’m a sophomore in college. I started volunteering for Karen a year after she started her non-profit organization, and now, I’ve been able to see her organization thrive and expand right before my eyes. However, one of my fondest experiences occurred a few weeks after I met Karen. Karen introduced me to some of her clients and WGEF team that were visiting from Gulu, and I happened to sit down with one of her clients Grace. I asked her how the micro-loan program has impacted her life, and she responded most genuinely: the loan has helped her raise her family and create a business. But, what stuck with me was her passion to help empower other women. It takes courage to stand up for your family, but it takes even more courage to stand up for your community. That moment has stuck with me throughout the years, and has inspired me to get involved with global development programs. This coming year I will be president of an organization on campus called “Global Health Initiative,” and it’s aim is to create awareness on health issues, as well as help the local and international community overcome health crises. In the end, my life has, and always will be, forever changed by Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand to different locations around the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Global Empowerment Fund, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The best memory I have volunteering with Women's Global Empowerment Fund was meeting the women involved in the program. They are humble, yet inspirational people. I met Grace Ouma the first year I volunteered with WGEF, and it amazed me how much a micro-loan and educational opportunities transformed her life. She used the money and her new-found knowledge to not only support her family, but then began reaching out to more women who needed help. She wanted to do something bigger than herself, and that was so beautiful to me. Everyone involved in WGEF has this same mentality, especially the founder Karen Sugar. She has a drive to provide courage, love, and hope to everybody around her. This program has done so much for women, and their families, living in Gulu, Uganda, and I hope it never stops.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Women Global Empowerment Fund, Denver, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

During the summer of my sophmore year in high school I met Karen Sugar and was instantly drawn to her non-profit organization. She described that she held fundraisers to provide micro loans for women in Uganda, and that so far the money had transformed the lives of all the women. From that moment on I started volunteering. So far I have been volunteering for three years now and there has been so many unbelievable things this organization has been able to accomplish. Women's Global Empowerment Fund has given women literacy, health, and leadership education, allowed their buisnesses to exponentially grow, have allowed the women to become more confident and independent, and has even supported them to run for political office. It is truly amazing what so little money can do for a communitiy. I even personally met one of the women, Grace Ouma, who won political office in Uganda. She was so appreciative of everything Karen Sugar and Women's Global Empowerment Fund had done for her life. Hearing her stories and her newfound strength that she had gained throughout this experience makes me unconditionally proud to volunteer for this organization. It is an incrediably fulfilling experience that I will forever continue to support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer