Project information

Training and Leadership Development for Nuba Women

Over 500,000 Nuba people of Sudan have fled their homes and livelihoods due to conflict. As the result of war women are often the main support for their families. 60 women will be trained to gain a means of livelihood, qualify as teachers to work in schools and be community leaders and role models.

January 2015 - December 2017

Charity information: Windle Trust International

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  • Need


    The Nuba refugees in South Sudan or those displaced in Sudan are living in camps or remote city outskirts and lack access to basic services, education and jobs. Women, often the victims of gender based violence, struggle to support their family and face discrimination and extreme poverty: they need a means of self-reliance. Conflict affected Nuba communities strive to maintain well managed schools and services: they need qualified people, in particular women, but cannot afford training.


    In South Sudan, select and support 7 suitably qualified, committed young women to complete professional training or degree courses at the Catholic University of Juba or Yei Teacher-Training College. In Sudan, where illiteracy is estimated to be around 90% amongst displaced Nuba women, train 50 disadvantaged young women in literacy and vocational skills to run small businesses for a sustainable income. Selection and training will focus on developing community leadership.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Exceptional women better serve their community and demonstrate the benefit of girls education


    » Work with two Nuba organisations (NRRDO/KODI) to choose 7 young Nuba women to gain professional skills through relevant further education and training
    » Select women who have a history of voluntary work in their community and a strong commitment to benefiting their community after qualifying
    » Pay fees/living allowances for the women to attend the good quality Catholic University of Juba or Yei teacher-training College
    » Provide mentorship, support and advice both during training and afterwards, to put the qualifications to good use

    What success will look like

    Success will be when at least 6 of the 7 women complete their courses and return to serve the Nuba people in their professional capacity

    Aim 2

    Disadvantaged women become more self-reliant and better able to benefit their community


    » Develop an appropriate training curriculum for the targeted women to build literacy, numeracy, leadership skills and self-esteem
    » Selection of 50 disadvantaged women for literacy education to prepare them for further skills training
    » Provide vocational skills training and the materials to run small businesses that meet a demand in the local market
    » Monitor and provide technical advice to enable the women to successfully manage their businesses and promote community cooperation

    What success will look like

    The 50 women will have successfully completed the training and have improved their families' lives as a result of income from running well managed small businesses in the community

  • Impact


    University educated women will inspire the girls they work with in schools, and other projects, and demonstrate the value of educating girls up to and beyond secondary level. The skills and knowledge the women acquire will help break the cycle of poverty by enabling them to afford services, send their children to school and diminish their social exclusion. WTI will work closely with the women and local partners to review how they apply their skills and how the community benefits. 


    There is a risk that we will identify fewer than 7 young women with the necessary academic skills and community engagement for the courses we plan.
    There is a risk that the displaced women in Sudan may drop out due to the need to undertake menial and casual labour to support their family. To mitigate this risk we plan to provide participants with a small allowance and a reserve list to try and replace drop outs where feasible.


    Donors to this project will receive regular, periodic email reports on the project detailing the project activities. This will include information on women chosen, progress with their training, and what they go on to do in the community.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £74,880

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,920 Sudan Training Literacy & vocational training for 50 women
      £6,100 Sudan Management/Support WTI staff & office support, Monitoring & Evaluation
      £27,300 South Sudan Training Professional courses for 7 women
      £6,240 South Sudan Management/Support WTI staff & office support, Monitoring & Evaluation
      £8,320 UK Project Support UK project support and oversight

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    NRRDO/KODI £9,000 Guaranteed
    NRRDO/KODI (private donor) £6,250 Guaranteed
  • Background


    There are close to 100,000 Nuba refugees in South Sudan and 165,000 displaced near Khartoum. WTI will work from its Juba office in South Sudan with two specialist Nuba organisations (NRRDO/KODI) that work with the Nuba in refugee camps in northern South Sudan and in the Nuba region in Sudan. WTI will work from its Khartoum office in Sudan and focus on the Al-Baraka and Jabarona areas on Khartoum state's outskirts that host large numbers of displaced Nuba people.


    7 very bright Nuba women and their families; and the many hundreds of Nuba displaced people they will work with when they qualify.
    50 disadvantaged women, responsible for supporting their households, who have been recently displaced from the Nuba Mountains to the remote areas outside Khartoum. They and their families will benefit and through enhanced cooperation and services they provide the wider displaced community will benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WTI is an international NGO with extensive experience in promoting and investing in the education and training of refugees, the displaced and other communities emerging from conflict with projects in Eastern Africa and the UK. Our in depth knowledge and many years of experience make us well placed to identify and address the needs of Nuba displaced communities through delivering well-managed scholarship and education programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr David Masua

    WTI South Sudan Country Director, a South Sudanese who has overcome refugee life in Zaire and Uganda to complete his school and University education

    Ms Nagwa Musa Konda

    Female Nuba director of NRRDO in South Sudan, regularly travels to the displaced camps and has herself overcome hardship to achieve education

    Ms Muna Eltahir

    WTI Sudan Country Director, a highly qualified, experienced community development specialist, committed to improving the lives of women in Sudan

    Ms Jaleela Khamise

    Project advisor, a displaced Nuba woman and community leader in the targeted area in Sudan with experience of initiating small development projects