Women Advancement Organization (WAO) was founded in 2012 at Gudelle II Juba, South Sudan Capital by a group of community Social Workers to ensure that the lives of marginalized women and Youth become sustainable in South Sudan, through vocational trainings, Gender based violence awareness raising, peace building training and campaigns, Women Advancement Organization acquired its legal status in 2014 as a National Organization to operate in South Sudan by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) registration No.439, WAO has recommendations from the ministry of Gender and child social welfare and ministry of Education.
Resilient society with sustainable services
To reduce illiteracy among women and out of school youth, improve their livelihoods, protect their rights and increase their participation in socio-economic activities.
The core values constitute WAO operational principles, relationship with society-the poor, the different strata of community, local leaders, donors, other NGOs and partners. WAO ’s attitude’ is shaped by these operational principles and incorporates the confidence to act in and on the world in a way that the WAO believes can be effective and have an impact, and an acceptance of responsibility for the social and physical conditions ‘out there’. WAO subscribes and is committed to the following core values:
a) Care and compassion.
We affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, donors, partners, staffs and community.
b) Integrity, transparency accountability, truth and justice.
We act consistently with WAO’s mission, being honest and transparent in what we do and say and accept responsibility for our collective and individual actions.
c) Hard work.
We work together effectively and strife serves to the highest levels of learning and action.
We constantly challenge ourselves to the highest levels of learning and action.
We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure system and other institutional machinery. We act in ways that respect dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person: the poor, donors, our staff and their families, board and volunteers. We celebrate the richness of diversity in human personality, culture and contribution.
3.0 Philosophy/ Motto.
4.0 Key thematic sectors for Women Advancement organization interventions.
WAO made a purposeful and informed choice to contribute in the following sectors:-
Food security and livelihoods targeting tailored skills training on income generating activities (tailoring trainings, food processing , brick making, hair dressing, computer training , Micro- credits , Poultry production, vegetable farming etc.) with production food to improve nutrition status of vulnerable women headed households and school dropout girls.
Education thus is focusing in functional adult literacy and accelerated learning programs which are parts of informal education targeting vulnerable women and out of school going girls (drop outs) to improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.
Child protection targeting disaster/conflict children and orphans and street children in providing their basic needs and support skill development for self-reliance.
Governance seeking long term capacity development of local government and community based groups for initiating projects based on community needs, implement, own and sustained.
Conflict resolution and reconciliation, HIV prevention activities, Tuberculosis control and prevention, hygiene and sanitation activities and human rights are mainstreamed as cross-cutting themes in Women and Advance organization programming.