Harriet’s story: “if it weren’t for this fund, we would have shut down”

The Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) is a women-led organization based in Northern Uganda. They work to prevent violence against women and children, improve community life, and promote greater respect for human rights. FIRD were one of 233 organisations who received a grant from our Digital Inclusion Fund Initiative in 2020.

Before this grant we worried about continuing our peacebuilding work given that we are a post conflict community. Our worry was what would happen if no one reached out to those in need. When COVID-19 happened, our phones were ringing like never before.Women and children under attack, cases of violence rising at a very high rate, land conflicts increasing every minute, and we had no way of reaching out to them or helping them. We had no phone credit, let alone any way of raising our voice and helping the mediators continue with their work. Mediators, myself and the team were experiencing mental and emotional breakdown.”

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