Girls with Dreams Students go Back to School

By LaChance Pickett Can you imagine being out of school for two years? Sadly, that has been the case for most students who attend public schools in Uganda. When the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Uganda in March 2020 all schools went in full shutdown and reopened their doors about two weeks ago – January 10, 2022. According …

Creating Opportunities for Rural Women and Girls through Digital Skills Training

As the Vocational Training Coordinator at Africa Development Promise in Uganda, I have the joy of guiding, directing, and watching strong-willed women and girls work hard to acquire digital skills. The six-week digital training course covers essential skills in understanding the computer and function of the keyboard and an introduction to Microsoft Office.  The participants value the training because it …

Life-Changing Visit to ADP Programs

Andrea AndrewsAfrica Exchange Tour Participant Africa Development Promise provides authentic, transformative, and tailored experiences to the international leadership, training, and development landscape. ADP offers the perfect mix of culture, experiences, international business development, leadership, and real-time on the ground opportunities for utilization of key concepts. Some of the experiences included: Akagera National Park- Safari, Ngamba Island – Chimpanzee Reserve, Rafting in the Nile …

At the Helm of Woman-centered Sustainable Development

Nina A. Miller, Ph.D.Board Chair, ADP In April of this year – 2021 – I stepped into the role of Board Chair for Africa Development Promise. On the one hand, I had been witness to ADP and its work since the beginning, when Monica Labiche Brown – my friend and development colleague of many years – first launched her bold effort to …

FINDING EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION

I am fortunate to be born into a family that understands the value of education and insisted that my sisters and I had to go to school.  There are many reasons why children do not go to school, but girls are facing serious barriers.  For example, girls must deal with traditional beliefs that place a higher value on the education …

Opportunity to Serve

It was just over 6 years ago that I first visited Africa Development Promise’s cooperative partners.  At that point I was returning to Africa to visit friends I had made when I spent three months in Rwanda and Uganda in 2012. In between those two trips, I met Monica and had become interested in her work in East Africa and …

Internship Reflection

The summer of 2020 was filled with uncertainty, fear and stress, as the world attempted to follow the ever changing trajectory of COVID-19. After being sent home from college and spending upwards of four months in my childhood bedroom, I was unsure of what opportunities would await me in the summer. As a junior going into my senior year at …

Executive Director’s Message

Preparing for 2021 and Beyond In 2014, Africa Development Program launched its programs in Rwanda and Uganda with a mission to drive the collective action of rural entrepreneurial women to advance sustainable business and economic independence. We knew that we wanted to work with groups of women because we believe that collective action, training, and enterprise are proven pathways for …

What We Are Reading

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates Melinda Gates’, “Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World”, is a thoughtful and well-reasoned book that tackles gender inequality and brings awareness to the issue through   inspiring stories of women around the world. Gates discusses topics such as family planning, girl’s education, early child marriage, …