WOMA is a charitable trust with a clear focus, made up of a small team experienced in working in Africa. Our aim is to help women across Africa who have been widowed or disadvantaged through war, famine or Aids.
We give small educational grants to individual women in order to help them gain skills that will help them support themselves and their families, lifting them out of poverty and giving them a real chance to fend for themselves.
We are currently working with NGEN, (National Guidance and Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/Aids) a respected Ugandan charity. Working on the ground in Uganda they are in a good position to act as advisors to WOMA about where our grants would help most.
The board of directors for WOMA are:
Karen Allen – BBC Correspondent in Africa
Karen’s spent the past fifteen years working as a journalist, reporting with her producer Nora from some of the worst HIV/Aids affected regions in the world. She’s now embarking on a stint as the BBC’s correspondent in East Africa.
” We’ve seen too much destruction caused by HIV/Aids and for me reporting on it just isn’t enough. I’ve been inspired by the fortitude of some of the women I’ve met in Africa, and haunted by some of their stories which reveal their sense of abandonment, isolation and shattered dreams. By creating WOMA I hope that we can demonstrate our long term commitment to dealing with the fallout of this terrible disease, and offer a new start for those forced to flee their homes”
Nora Dennehy – BBC Journalist and Producer
Nora’s been a journalist at the BBC for twenty years and spent a considerable amount of time travelling across Africa with Karen covering the Aids crisis for BBC News.
“I’ve seen so much poverty and suffering during my travels that I felt I wanted to do something more to help. I am always amazed and inspired by the courage, dignity and resilience of the women I’ve met who are coping in terrible circumstances. I want to give them a chance to help themselves.”
Debbie Dickinson – Music Producer, Sound Engineer, Senior Lecturer in the Cultural Industries.
Debbie Dickinson Music Event promoter and City University lecturer.
Debbie has been involved in music promotion and event management for 25 years and in developing and running courses in the Creative Industries at City University London, UK.
“I wanted to be involved in an initiative that has music, arts and culture supporting the work of community aids projects in Africa. By providing support at this grassroots level in the form of small start up grants to individual women who have been affected by HIV/Aids, we are hopefully helping to create a stepping stone to more opportunities and possibilities and creating a real chance for them to be able to support themselves”.