The Mothers’ Union is an integral part of the Anglican Church in Gambella, and is actively engaged in literacy programs, church activities, practical help, prayer and visitations to the sick.
In the Gambella region, the women’s literacy rate is not more than 20%. The rate of school attendance, especially for girls, is low, and many women have not had the opportunity to learn to read and write. The Mothers’ Union Literacy Program in this area, started in 2011, has consistently grown, now serving on average two groups of twenty to forty adults in every Anuak and Nuer Mission centre, with plans to expand to the Opo, Dinka and Mabaan. Teachers are trained at the Gambella Anglican Centre, who then teach women in the villages.
In 2013, the Mothers’ Union leaders are planning to start a training program to address four challenges that they have identified; health, poverty, inter-tribal tension and spirituality. In order to address these challenges, the Mothers’ Union will provide theological and practical skills to women across 70 villages. This will be done through a ‘train-the-trainer’ program, which will train 3,000 women and empower them to affect change in their own communities.
“We can build up our communities as we build up our women” (Rev Isaac Momma, Sherkole Refugee Camp Mission Centre)
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