Worldwide, 30% of women report being abused at some time in their lives. In Uganda, that number approaches 60%. There is no law against domestic violence. Many women come to accept and expect that they will be physically abused by their spouses. Those who don’t have no place to turn, as the authorities have no power to police this behavior.
Now, in one community in Uganda, women will finally have a safe place to seek refuge. In Buhoma, we are building an eight suite women’s abuse shelter complex. It will be run and managed by the same people with whom we have partnered for the women’s sewing project and the micro-loan project.
“Ride 4 a Woman” will provide food, shelter, and counseling for women and their children while they are staying there. One or two suites will be rented out to budget-minded tourists in this highly visited region. Like all our other projects, this will make this shelter self-supporting/self-sustaining once construction is complete by the end of the year.