PURE JOY, Uganda was established to empower local women through vocational training by providing 
a supportive, nurturing environment where disadvantaged women can come together to learn new skills
Rotary Club of Woy Woy District 9685 | Rotary Australia World Community Service project 24/2011-12 | Health, Education and Community Empowerment
 
 

The story so far...

When our club's volunteers visited Jinja in August 2016, they introduced local schoolgirls to reusable sanitary products. These were a big hit, but unfortunately we couldn't meet the demand. This prompted a request for seed funding to set up a sewing workshop so products could be made by local women for local girls and women who could not afford the commercial alternative. And we did!
 
By January 2017 PURE JOY was up and running, with strong support from the community. The workshop began with team managers Grace and Okello Collins, 2 sewing machines, 2 over-lockers and 20 hugely enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers, who enjoy being part of a group and love producing items that supports the ‘sisterhood’.

Spreading the joy...

The need for skill training is great and news of the workshop spread fast. The number of women wanting to learn sewing has now reached 60. Many of these women left school early or didn't have the opportunity of education and are very keen to learn. They enjoy getting together in friendship and to share ideas.
 
In June 2017, the workshop delivered their first orders and, during visits to schools, taught teens about reproductive health, product care and menstrual hygiene. Another 2 machines were purchased, and the group began making a variety of products to sell in local and tourist markets to generate income for the Centre. 
 
In November, 4 sewers at Pure Joy received specialist training so they could make school uniforms for the new Divine Mercy Primary School which is due to open in January 2018. Two electric machines and an electric cutter has made their task a little easier and the women are very busy in the lead-up to Christmas to kit out the students for the new school year.
 
Exciting times ahead...