Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD)

In Service for Humanity

Our Mission

“To empower poor women, children and youth to overcome poverty and vulnerability through education, life skills development and enhanced access to other resources for social and economic development.”

Our Vision

To see Uganda being free of poverty and disease, with democracies who embrace the voices of those that are under represented, thus allowing their human rights to be respected, protected, and fulfilled. This being done through the implementation of policies and practices that allow in-need women, youth, and all to live harmoniously, healthy, prosperously, informed, and able to meet their primary needs.

Major Objective

To rally support behind the most vulnerable of communities, which include youth, children, women, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Through sustainable development and an appreciation for and protection of their environment, we hope to help them improve their quality of life.

Who Are We?

Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD), formerly Entebbe Women Association (EWA), is a registered National, Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1995, and has played an integral role as a partner in the social and economic development of Uganda. EWAD was founded for the exclusive purpose of sharing with the under-privileged, vulnerable and poor individuals, families and communities.

Eliminating Mercury use in Gold Processing

Our Reach

In a quest to meet our goals, we have amassed a wealth of experience over the years, working with different communities and partners




Projects Done


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EWAD Journey

Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD), formerly Entebbe Women Association (EWA), is a registered National, Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1995, and has played an integral role as a partner in the social and economic development of Uganda



Early, 1995

A new idea is born.

As a group of over 40  women from various Christian denominations  meet at Bugonga Entebbe, Uganda basically to sing X-tian songs.

April, 1995

ECWA Registration as  NGO.

Entebbe All Women Christian  Association (ECWA) was registered as this was the first organisation name in early days. we served people in these areas.

  • Education.
  • Health.
  • Economic empowerment.
  • Children protection.

March, 2004

March, 2004

Change of name to EWA

After discussion with members and engagement with world community, the name was changes to Entebbe Women’s Association to accommodate Women from Different Religions.

Month, year

Extending services.

We continued to server communities in Uganda in areas of Education, Economic empowerment, Children protection e.t.c

March, 2011

March, 2011

EWA changed name to EWAD.

Environmental Women in Action for Development (EWAD) was born.

April , 2014

20th anniversary in service.

We continued  serving people of Uganda, East Africa and the world.



25 years in service.

It has been 25 years since the organisation was formed as ECWA changed to EWA and now we are EWAD, We are dedicated to continue serving people for many years to come.



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Our Services

At EWAD, we work to target issues surrounding environmental sustainability, climate change, HIV/AIDS prevention and repercussions, the educating of orphans and vulnerable children, artisanal mining, fishing ponds, trans-boundary waters, grandmothers, and the rights of children.

We create awareness..

We create awareness…
We strive for a world that advances the rights of the under privileged and empowers them to have economic freedom.
In partnership with Gold Matters, we try to create awareness on and improve sustainability within artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
We advocate for the issues artisanal and small-scale miners face around the world that are not recognized by their governments. Often times, these groups face unfair treatment by large-scale mining corporations.

Our Recent Works

We have worked on a number of projects on environmental sustainability, climate change, combating HIV/AIDS, educating orphans and vulnerable children, grandmothers, artisanal mining, fish ponds, trans boundary waters, and children’s rights.

What We Did In Previous Years

In a quest to meet our goals, we have amassed a wealth of experience over the years, working with different communities and partners.

Donor’s Name TWAM, Rev. John Wates UK, ACCESS, UK CHURCHES
Beneficiaries Elderly women/men, OVC families and Universal Primary Education schools
Project  area Bwebajja, Buzzi needy villages in Wakiso District; Kitala, Koran and Katabi primary schools.
Donor’s Name HIV/AIDS Integrated District Model (AIM), funded by USAID
Project  area Rukungiri town council, Buyanja, Nyarushanje and Kagunga Sub- counties in Rukungiri District.
Period April 2004- Dec- 2005: 120 Primary School Going & 60 Out of school OVCs, 50 widows and PLWA families
Donor’s Name ACCESS4, UK 
Amount 120 Women and families(about720 people)   poor and affected by HIV/AIDS 
Project area The project was implemented in Wakiso District (Sisa, Katabi, and Entebbe Municipality)
Period 1998 – 2007
Donor’s Name LEGGAT Trust, ACCESS4, DANIDA
Details Period: 1996 – 2004; Supporting renovations of 6 poor UPE schools in and around Entebbe
Project areas Wakiso Districts, Bushenyi, Kanungu and Luwero Districts

Our Causes

Establishing Child Labour Free Zones.

We are striving to establish Child Labour Free Zones in Buteba & Sikuda ASM gold communities. Project areas: Busia district in the sub-counties of Buteba & Sikuda, piloting with 2 sub-counties of artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMS). Aims: To increase access to formal education by creating awareness on the negative impact of child labour in ASM communities.
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During 2007 to December 2014, we supported 300+ orphans and vulnerable children with a home, as well as schooling (from nursery to university). This project is ongoing with support from numerous groups and individuals from Canada, the USA, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and the UK.
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In the hope to establish a resource center and home for EWAD and posterity, this project is being carried out in Entebbe municipality. Our donors include Access4, Comic Relief, Leggat Trust, Fr. Rudi Leunertz and many more. Started in 2002, this project is still ongoing.
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Our Volunteers

We normally receive volunteers from all parts of the word who help us to do different projects. Below are some of them.

Photo Gallery

Our activities and  projects in pictures.

Upcoming Events

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EWAD What people say about EWAD

Interesting stories and feed back about EWAD.

“Studying changes your way of emotional thinking, it raises your intellectual capability and creates awareness for your environment. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t studied. Now I am able to do anything on my own and don’t have to rely on other people anymore.”
Philipo Wa Rwabureeba. Employee EWAD
"There are so many dreamers but only a few achievers. I am one of those who achieved the goal! through EWAD. " our second graduate under EWAD's Child Support Program.
Dr. Apio Priscilla Doctor
I first heard about EWAD in 2012 when it was ECWA by then I was in primary 6 when they helped to construct a 3 classroom building at Namayumba C/U primary school where I was studying from. I appreciate the work done in our community the building is still benefiting the community up to now.
Nsereko Jackson Software developer.


These are some of partners we work with to server the community