Volunteer Action Network

Gulu, Uganda |
Joined in September 2006

About Us

Volunteer Action Network is a Ugandan non-profit organization founded in 2005 by local volunteers concerned about the desperate conditions of impoverished women and girls living in Uganda especially women who are adversely affected by the Socio-economic imbalance and yet constitute a greater labor force for production. Vac-Net provides women in Uganda access to microcredit loans, business and leadership development training, literacy, health initiatives.

Our programs target underserved and marginalized rural women and girls with a comprehensive selection of targeted programs and support services that include micro-loans, legal services, health education, and leadership development programs designed to strengthen social systems, amplify women's voices, reduce poverty, disease, hunger, and illiteracy.

We strive to develop local-based strategies that produce reductions in poverty and the marginalization of women in Uganda by providing economic, health education and leadership opportunities for sustainability and self-determination.

The Credit Plus Program is unique and different from other microcredit programs as it combines micro credit services with health, nutrition, family planning, adult literacy training and basic business education into a single service reaching underserved women in towns, villages and rural areas. Through the Credit Plus program, participants receive a micro credit loan bundled with social and educational services, allowing them to create an opportunity for sustainability, increase food security, health and nutrition. Investing in women and families by creating a social network and helps women to build livelihoods and a brighter future for their families. The program goal is poverty reduction, human security enhancement and women's empowerment. The motivation is the belief that very poor women can rise above poverty with dignity.

Literacy Program provides underprivileged women with the opportunity to learn to read and write, providing them with essential education they are entitled to but also a means to become empowered and further begin to support themselves and families. While providing women with literacy skills they also receive business and hygiene education.

The Healthy Periods Initiative provides information, access and opportunities with regards to menstrual health. In addition, We are offering social enterprise opportunities, creating viable business for young girls who are producing the Lucky Girl Sanitary Pad product. Which are supplied to refugees and schools for free driving economic and socio-cultural changes and supporting girls to concentrate with their education. 

The Communities Advancing HIV/AIDS Prevention Program is part of the national Uganda strategy to reduce the HIV/AIDS rate in Gulu District by 40% by 2015. After experiencing over 20 years of insurgency war with over 80% of the population having lived in internally displaced peoples camps, Gulu District has come to suffer one of the highest rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Uganda at an estimated 13.1% compared to the national average of 6.5%. Although Uganda has had one of the most significant responses to HIV/AIDS prevention in the past, sadly the rate has began to take a rise again. Working with trained village health team members and peer educators the program works to increase awareness on the underlying social cultural gender based and other structural drivers of the HIV epidemic and create a sustainable environment in Gulu district by providing services and education on a variety of topics. The project has a specific focus on particularly vulnerable groups of female sex workers and their clients, uniform service personnel, pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS, out of school youth including motorcycle taxi drivers, people living with HIV/AIDS, uniformed personnel, long distance truck drivers, and those who are incarcerated.

Leadership Program fosters a positive network among civil society organizations and community based organizations within Gulu District of Northern Uganda to strengthen women's rights and support. This includes providing women with essential leadership skills. Our annual Creating a Voice for Women event provides women a space to express themselves in a public format, empowering them and providing a space for them to be heard by the community. Further this provides a formal opportunity to inspire, motivate, and engage communities in addressing gender issues while creating a space for accountability through collaborative dialogue.

Each program utilizes beneficiary women as peer educators into their community to further disseminate the knowledge they have gained, create support networks, and foster further change in their communities for women.


Bukenya Muusa

Program Director



+256 0752 328735

Volunteer Action Network is a Ugandan non-profit organization founded in 2005 by local volunteers concerned about the desperate conditions of impoverished women and girls living in Uganda especially women who are adversely affected…

Issue Areas Include

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health & Medicine
  • Volunteering
  • Women

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Current listings by Volunteer Action Network

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Grant Writing and Fundraising OfficerGulu, UgandaJune 26, 2022
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