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For greater wellbeing and better performance

The Gejja Women Foundation is erecting a training center in Bulyasi. The first of three buildings for the center was completed in mid-2023. In addition to long-awaited sanitary facilities such as showers and toilets, it also features a training room and accommodation for the participants of the Gejja Acceleration Programme. Construction works for the two […]

Getting there with Gejja – women on the road to success

What do women need to develop their full personal and professional potential? The right tools and competent support. And that’s exactly what they get in a six-week mentoring scheme: the Gejja Acceleration Program. Launched in spring 2023, this program is now in its third cohort. Eleven women are currently taking part in the exceptional curriculum […]

Awarded again

What a recognition! Once again, Gejja Women Foundation has been recognized for its commitment. This time as part of the 6th season of the Rising Woman campaign by DFCU Bank, a leading banking and financial services company based in Uganda. Specifically, the Gejja team was recognized for its work to improve menstrual health. After her […]

High-ranking visitors in Mpigi: Malteser International impressed with Gejja projects

It was a very special day for Gejja Women Foundation: In early November, a high-ranking delegation from Malteser International wanted to experience first-hand how the project in Mpigi grows and thrives. The delegation was led by Secretary General Clemens Graf von Mirbach-Haff and Douglas Graf von Saurma-Jeltsch, President of Malteser International Europe. The catholic aid […]

Donations doubled: big plans for 2024

A pleased Executive Board: 2023 went well. 2024 can be even better.

A gem made out of bottles

We did it! In just four months, the Gejja team in Uganda erected quite an unusual house, and it has turned out really well: the Bottle Hut. The term “hut” though, is a bit of a misnomer, as it is actually a very pretty building that serves as a place of learning for the women […]

A truck, 70 kits, and a rethink

Five country villages experienced an unusual event recently: A big truck, decorated with banners and packed with SafeGirl kits, made its way along their roads. The goal of the campaign was to break the menstruation stigma while also creating a new awareness for female hygiene and health. The 6-hour SafeGirl sales drive was, however, more […]

Living inclusion

When classes start on Mondays at 10 am in the Mpigi training room, no one could be happier than Agnes Nabagala and Florence Nanyondo. Why? Because these two young women – members of the Safe Girl production team – are the reason why the Gejja team gathers there for two hours every week: Agnes and […]

Upskilling promising entrepreneurs

“Are you an entrepreneur? Do you want access to funding and build your network? Can you commit five hours a week to a training program? Are you fluent in English?” Questions like these were at the core of an invitation by the U.S. Mission Uganda to apply for a very special program: the Uganda Chapter […]

Right on schedule

When the women in Mpigi plan a project, they are determined to implement it swiftly. Their new women’s house “bottle hut” is visible proof of their resolution. It is a building made of 38,000 plastic bottles. In early June the first bottles were collected and filled with clay. Just six weeks later, the house already […]

A long hike for teenage girls

Sabinyo, a dead volcano in the East African Virunga Mountains is 3,423 meters high. You need to be in great shape to get to the peak, for it is a strenuous hike. “Part of the trek was a downright mountaineering experience,” says Catharine Nakayemba, co-founder of the Safe Girl Initiative. However, when she and four […]

A house made of bottles – for women only

It is one of Gejja’s most unusual building projects ever: a sturdy house for women only, 9 by 9 meters in size, made of about 38,000 plastic bottles. This “bottle hut” will serve as a learning venue for 50 women – it will be a place to convene, exchange knowledge, and to share experiences in […]

Menstruation? 150 boys and girls know the score now

How do you fasten reusable sanitary towels to your panties? How do you use menstruation cups? What are the risks of using unhygienic alternatives? 150 students of the Talents Senior Secondary School in Uganda’s Mityana district recently found out the answers. The youngsters participated in a campaign on menstruation hygiene, organized by the Safe Girl […]

Big fish in the net

What a great result! First yields of the Gejja Fish Farming Project in Mpigi, Uganda, outstrip even the most optimistic expectations. In June already, all harvested fish weigh 350 to 400 grams. For August, the women fish farmers even expect an average weight of 700 grams. Under the project, three women take care of three […]

Hygiene in refugee camps

Its total population is that of a major city, but in fact, it is a refugee camp in Northern Uganda: Rhino Camp is the temporary home of more than 120,000 refugees, mainly from Southern Sudan. Cooper-ating with Malteser Hilfsdienst (Order of Malta Volunteers), Gejja Women Foundation implemented a unique project in the camp: Men and […]

For enterprising women

“When girls and women study, earn money, and generate savings, they can actively promote change in their environments.” Ndagire Raynard, Head of the Geijja Acceleration program puts this wisdom into practice: 17 women, aged 20 to 77, recently joined an intensive 6-week business training program. The curriculum focused on the field of entrepreneurship and busi-ness […]

Catherine Nakayemba: “Young Founder 2023“

A wonderful success and a great recognition! Gejja co-founder Cath-erine Nakayemba received the “Young Founder 2023” award, worth 5,000 Euros, funded by the Westerwelle Foundation in Berlin.

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