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Realizing the challenges of other women especially widows, 3 women in 1991, initiated the idea of forming an organisation with the aim of improving the livelihood of women, orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) especially those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to live a life of dignity where they fully enjoy their rights in the urban slums of Kawempe Division Kampala District. The idea was welcomed and embraced by 10 widowed women and formed an organisation which was named Makerere Women Development Association (MAWDA). 

Nulu Nabunya, lives and works in the slums around Makerere. She is the Executive Director of MAWDA (Makerere Women’s Development Association  ).

Appalled by the high rates of unplanned pregnancies and death among young people, Nulu founded the MAWDA together with four other women in 1991..

“I’m so happy when I see women who are demanding their rights and changing their lives, when I see somebody who was about to die survives and becomes a beautiful citizen. That is my reward.”



“Once people know their rights things can begin to change. It’s quite easy to mobilise people in the community. You inform them about their rights and they act. The real problem is that they don’t know their rights in the first place – but it is my mission to change this – knowledge is power!‘

The orphans and vulnerable children project, is one of the projects implemented by MAWDA. This project basically supports vulnerable children to attain formal education. The project currently supports  children both at primary and secondary level. 


The support given to these children includes; school uniforms, shoes, scholastic materials, and above all school fees. This year MAWDA is happy to report under this project a number of activities have been implemented with the aim of achieving its objectives and these includes; Training of children counselors, peer to peer support on SRHR, participation in national forums and holding the children’s forum.





Makerere Women Development Association while working with the urban poor women living in the slums of Kawempe Division has witnessed a number of challenges in terms supporting these women to sustain their lives and their respective families. Therefore, MAWDA found it necessary to come with intervention geared towards empowering these vulnerable women (especially single mothers) with knowledge and skills in income generating activities which aim at improving the incomes of these women for self sustenance. To achieve this, MAWDA has conducted trainings in Income Generating Activities like; Liquid Soap making, Mushroom growing, Handcraft making, and business management skills. During the year 2015 at least 30 women and girls are reported to have benefited from the implementation of the economic empowerment.


To support the marketing of the products produced by the poor women, MAWDA has established a shop at its offices which normally does an exhibition every Saturday of the week, which gives chance to the poor women to sale their products. 



Unpaid care work is a phrase used to define the burden of the work done at home and not paid for. Since time immemorial, in Uganda and other African countries the burden of household work falls only on female counter parts. It is upon this, that MAWDA with funding from Action Aid Uganda implemented this project with the aim of raising awareness of the existence of injustices resulting from imposing the burden of household work to only women and girls.

MAWDA  in its intervention to implement the unpaid care work project uses the Reflection Action methodology which methodology does not only tackles issues  related to unpaid care work but also other community problems. Therefore MAWDA is able to conduct activities under the unpaid care work of women project through the Reflection Action groups. Hence MAWDA is able to track the activities done under this project through reports submitted to MAWDA by Reflection Action facilitators and support visits conducted by MAWDA secretariat to these groups. Under this project the following activities are conducted these include; conduction of reflection meetings on unpaid care work, holding of community dialogue on unpaid care work, filling of time diaries, promotion of income generating activities, and support visits to RA groups.


 Reflection Action meetings

Reflection Action groups operating under MAWDA hold a number of Reflection Action meetings with the aim of raising awareness on the unpaid care work.  The facilitators while conducting Reflection Meetings on unpaid care work focus is put on drivers of unpaid care work. In other words emphasis is put on finding out why the culture of dis-aggregating household work has prevailed in our communities, what implications are faced by families promoting this culture and the benefits of breaking this culture.


Community Dialogue on unpaid care work


MAWDA organizes and holds community dialogues on unpaid care work. They are attended by community members from the three parishes of Kawempe Division urban council (Makerere II, Makerere III and Wandegeya).  The Dialogue aims at strengthening the community level understanding of the concept of unpaid care work and the capacity of Reflection Action group members in promoting the concept of unpaid care work in Kawempe Division.