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A student at the girls' school shares how she worked with her parents to lift their family out of poverty to prosperity.
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ARU students describe their experiences at the African Rural University for Women.
To create "rural development through human development." URDT trains
people who live on less than $1 per day to take a visionary, entrepreneurial
approach to developing their own lives, families and communities.
The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT)
is a non-profit organization that provides education and training for
rural development in the very poor Kibaale District of Uganda.
URDT promotes integrated rural development, teaching people to address the interconnectedness of health, education, financial self-sufficiency, civic participation and human/gender rights within their lives. The other unique aspect to our approach is our visionary leadership - we teach people how to create a specific vision for their future and then take specific action steps to achieve it. We have demonstrated that more powerful results are achieved when people focus on "creating a desired outcome" rather than on "fixing problems."
We carry out our mission through an award-winning Girls' School, Vocational Training Institute, Community Radio Station, Microcredit Fund and village extension programmes.
Since URDT arrived in the district, the rural village where it is located has become a "boom town," growing tenfold in size. URDT graduates have created many local businesses that employ themselves and others, and URDT has worked with villagers to improve local roads for better access to markets. Other indicators, such as health, sanitation and girls' education, have also improved markedly.
Focus on: African Rural University for Women
URDT has launched the African Rural University for Women to develop a new
generation of visionary women leaders in Rural Development.