Reducing Trauma for Women in Northern Uganda

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Raised by 109 people in 6 months
Created December 6, 2018

Thousands of women suffer from the effects of trauma in Northern Uganda.
We are raising money to bring much needed support to these women and girls,
who are war victims, victims of domestic violence, and teenage mothers.


African Women and Girls Organisation for Total Knowledge- Uganda, Ltd. (AWAGO )—The Women's Transcendental Meditation Organization in Uganda

We have been working with vulnerable women for over 8 years in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, to help women reduce stress and develop the empowerment to create a better life for themselves. We teach women the scientifically proven, secular-based Transcendental Meditation®  (TM®) technique, which has been shown to have a wide range of benefits for mind, body, and behaviour. Benefits include: decreased debilitating effects of trauma, stress and anxiety, as well as improved health, and increased resilience, creativity and self-confidence. 

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For over 50 years the TM technique has been taught around the world to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Here in Uganda and throughout the world, our programs have helped millions of women and girls develop greater personal fulfillment and well-being.

Through the regular practice of TM, we have helped women and girls develop their natural capacity to rise out of anxiety and despair, creating greater stability and peace inside themselves—which naturally radiates out to their family and community. We help them to improve their quality of life by developing *empowerment from within!

We are currently partnering with Merciful Doctors in Northern Uganda to offer the first phase of an initiative to teach TM to 100s and even 1000's of women. In our first phase we will teach 400 women who have signed up for our programs and are pending support!  

Your contribution will allow us to provide training in TM plus follow-up for one year, including the costs for our TM teachers to make several trips from Kampala to Northern Uganda over the course of the year. Our goal is also to begin to train TM teachers in Arua to sustain this important work.

Thank you for giving generously today!

To help us get the word out, you can share our link to your Facebook timeline and ask others to do the same! Every small amount adds up!!!

Women at a celebration after their TM course

*Published research with mothers in Uganda:
Goldstein, L., Nidich, S., Goodman, R., & Goodman, D. [2018] The effect of Transcendental Meditation on self-efficacy, perceived stress and quality of life in mothers in Uganda . Health Care Women Int.2018 Mar 1:1-24.doi: 10.1080/07399332. 2018. 1445254.

To receive full text of this research study contact: lgoldstein@mum.edu

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Dear Dear Friends,

You are all amazing! I cannot tell you how touched we are to have your support and attention on this important work we are doing in Uganda. Because of you..... WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!!!  We are so delighted and we want to thank each and every one of you for your contributions. You have made it happen!!!!

We will begin teaching Transcendental Meditation to our first group of 150 women in the next few weeks. Preparations are under way and then our TM teachers will travel to Arua in Northern Uganda.

STAY TUNED....we will continue to keep you updated on our progress.

You can track our progress on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AWGOTK

Or SIGN UP for our Newsletter on our website!

If you would like to continue to support this project and the Uganda TM women's organization, you may want to become one of our monthly donors. You can also donate in honor of a birthday or special event.

You can go to our website donation page:  https://africanwomenandgirls-uganda.org/donate/

Thank you again to all of our generous supporters. We are so excited to send you our next update.

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WE ARE SO CLOSE TO OUR GOAL!!! Thank you to all of you who contributed. We are so grateful for your loving support!!!!!!! Read our new article about Judith Nassali, National Director of AWAGO, the Transcendental Meditation women's organization in Uganda. Meet Judith and her team....


Donations received today will be doubled by a generous donor. Please share with your friends!!! All love to you!
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Dear Friends,
We’re very excited to announce we’ve raised over $4400 towards our goal! Your donations keep coming in every day. We are thrilled to have your support. Preparations are now underway with our partner, Merciful Doctors International, headed by Dr. Ibrahim, to teach Transcendental Meditation to our first group of women in Northern Uganda. We want to share some interesting background info on the project, how it began and introduce our partner.

Here’s the story…
In the midst of many great challenges facing citizens in many parts of Uganda, some great souls have risen to become leaders, devoting their lives to help the people of their country. One of these individuals is Dr. Ibrahim Lutamuguzi, the head of Merciful Doctors International in Uganda, who is teaming up with African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda, our TM Women’s Organization in Uganda, on a new project with vulnerable women in Northern Uganda.

From Dr. Ibrahim: When I became a doctor I had a dream of changing people’s lives through technology, and through finding a holistic approach to promote good health and well being for the less privileged individuals in our society. It was very important to me to use my skills to help others, because most of my people in my country are not educated, and there is so much stress, and especially in Northern Uganda, the traumas of war have brought great trauma and loss of life for many.

Helping vulnerable women In Northern Uganda
In Northern Uganda, the war perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has left many, many widows, victims of domestic violence, and girls forced into childhood marriages. In Northern Uganda there are also thousands of refugees from war zones in Sudan and Congo, who are suffering from the impact of stress and trauma.

My life mission shifted to implementing programs to help these women by creating a clinic offering maternal health care, and to help them develop skills such as traditional birth attendants (TBA). I formed the Merciful Doctors International on 02 October, 2014 and succeeded in registering as a non-profit organization in 2017.

My goal was to help empower the most needy and least privileged individuals to live a good life over all the world.

At that time we began researching potential partners who were also working with women to help promote health and stress management. On the internet we found the international TM Women’s organization, and we contacted them because their program of Transcendental Meditation looked so good—natural and easy to learn, and does not require you to change your faith.

We were fortunate to find that we could learn TM in Kampala, which we did a few months later. TM has helped me to be more relaxed and peaceful. My life is now so good and I don’t get stressed, I am less fatigued, and my memory is good and I don’t forget things. TM is so easy to learn and to do, and I realized it would be so valuable to share it with the very challenged groups of women I work with in Arua. I started talking about TM to people here, and many, many women want to learn now.

I am grateful to be starting to work with African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda, the women and girls TM organization with main center in Kampala, and we are eagerly waiting for our TM courses to start!!!

Help us reach our goal of $5000 by January 31st.
A donation of $10 today will be DOUBLED by a generous donor!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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Wow! Great news!!!!! We've just surpassed $3000. Thank you sooooo much to everyone for your generosity, and for your love and attention and support. Together we are going to make this happen!!!!! We're getting close!!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!!! We love you!
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Raised by 109 people in 6 months
Created December 6, 2018
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