Ground ZERO Project Philosophy & Way Forward
Philosophy of GZP Uganda
Our mission, vision and philosophy is to build a vibrant efficient and sustainable revolving fund program which will promote economic and social development of the economically active por women, especially women with HIV/AIDS and the youth, by building their capacity training, non formal education and improving their opportunities and skills to access revolving fund and eradicate the root cause of poverty among them, and enable them attain self-reliance and sustainability; by setting up viable/profitable micro businesses to generate income for their families.
The Way Forward of GZP Uganda
Our approach has thre unique key elements:
''Genuine participation''- which is the means of bringing about community change, to change minds and aspiration of very remote people by sharing goals led by the trusted leaders.
Advancement of cottage industries, i.e non-farming job creation, so that the landless or those with inadequate plots can better themselves and begin the process of change. Typically, these may be basket making, weaving, sewing, bar soap making, candle making, mushroom making and pottery.
Creation of transport links for remote households so that products can be traded.
All three elemets support one-another and each is a vital component of a more comprehensive while- if any elements is absent then the project is likely to fail.
The concept of women's empowerment has gained increased attention over the past two decades. The idea that the empowerment of essential component of international development first help prominence at the ICPD conference in Cairo in 1994 and then again ath the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. These Conference marked as a shift from thinking women as targets for fertility control policies to acknowledging women as autonomus agents with rights. Since these landmark events, there has been an explosion of conceptual and empirical work that attempts to gain a deeper understanding about how empowerment works, how it can be fostered and what kind of impacts it can have on the lives of women and their families.
Initially Ground Zero Project founders were startled by the fact that there no villages with trades to ofer, no shops with basic commodities, no cottage industries, no transport and no infrastructur; skills are lacking, and above all, aspirantion for change were severly limited in most of the Kigezi rural regions. This we found out was the underlying cause for such suffering and grinding poverty.