Pure Joy Uganda was established to

  • empower women by providing vocational skills programs aimed at improving their economic status
  • improve the well being of girls through health provisions and health education programs
  • facilitate workshops and forums to inform the community about female health and women's right and
    encourage participation in vocational skills training to create long-term economic growth for the community as a whole. 

empowered lives - healthier families - stronger communities

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 girls 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 locally for 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, run by the Founders Grace Anyeno and Okello Collins, began with 2 sewing machines, 2 over-lockers and 20 hugely enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers, who enjoy 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 is over 60 and growing. Many of these women left school early or didn't have the opportunity of education and are very keen to learn. They also enjoy getting together in a supportive environment to share ideas and make new friends.
In June 2017, the workshop delivered their first orders and, during school and workshop visits, teens were taught about reproductive health, product care and menstrual hygiene. Another 2 machines were purchased, and the group began making a range of products to sell in tourist markets, to generate income. These prototypes which were offered for sale in Australia very quickly sold out, a good indication that the project has the potential to become self-sustainable. 
In November, 4 sewers at Pure Joy received training in tailoring so they could make school uniforms for the new Divine Mercy Primary School which opened in February 2018. Two electric machines and an electric cutter made their task a little easier. 
Exciting times ahead ... catch us on Facebook for the latest updates


For more information on this project and the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact:
AUSTRALIA | Project Manager: Joan Redmond | Deputy Manager: Dianne Schwarzl
UGANDA | Project Managers: Grace Anyeno & Okello Collins