Joyce Lambuli, Gender and Social Development Advisor in Uganda

When did you start working for Send a Cow?

I started at Send a Cow as a volunteer social extension worker. I then joined as a Social Development Officer in 2007.

What was your journey to Send a Cow?

I started working with youths in the area of HIV/AIDS with AIDS Care Education and Training (ACET Uganda). I later joined Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA Uganda) as a project administrator, supporting slum dwellers. I then joined Uganda Women Concern Ministry as Administrator and Human Resource manager supporting vulnerable groups affected and those infected with HIV/AIDS.

What does your job involve?

I lead community needs assessment, staff and community capacity building and technical advice on gender and social development.

What is your favourite part of your job?

It is very rewarding for me when a project proposal is approved and we are able to support communities whose needs assessment were made - no matter how long it may take. I also find community transformation very rewarding; like changing lives of women and children in Kamuli and vulnerable women with disabilities in Busoga.

Project graduation is like icing the cake after community transformation! It makes me reflect and look back at how isolated and marginalised the communities were before Send a Cows support. I see how far they have come to this great day of graduation when they are presented as Community Resource Persons smartly dressed and vibrant with wellness. (Pictured right) 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

When communities whose needs were assessed are not supported due to funds not forthcoming.

What are the main things happening in your country at the moment? 

Send a Cow Uganda are supporting 1,500 women and girls with disabilities in Busoga under our AWDA project. We are embracing disability programming by mainstreaming disability in all our projects starting with the ADIMAP project in Amuru. We have had staff training on social inclusion, integrating gender in farm systems and disability programming.

I am proud that Send a Cow are embracing disability inclusion. It used to be regarded as a 'Social Worker's issue' but is now being mainstreamed across our projected; from local to international level with Uganda taking the lead in the learning process. 

Find out more about our Disability Mainstreaming Project in Uganda