Gulu War Affected Training Centre

Eskom Uganda funded the construction and furnishing of the Gulu War Affected Training Centre (GWATC) as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative to cater for the needs of the community we serve in Uganda.

GWATC was set up to help women affected by the war in Gulu and equips them with hands-on skills like tailoring to help them earn a living. The Centre also targets to educate girls, widows, orphans, former abductees in the community. This initiative is an extension of the Bridge of Hope that Eskom Uganda is building in Uganda that has also extended to reach and touch the people of Gulu

GWATC was previously housed in a small temporary structure in uncomfortable conditions. Eskom’s intervention provides an opportunity for the next generation of students to acquire skills under better and comfortable conditions availed by the newly built and furnished facilities. GWATC started in 2005 with 5 students and has enrolled and graduated over 100 students. The new facilities can accommodate about 100 students per intake

The new GWATC was officially opened and handed over to the Director and Board members on 14th January 2010. The Ceremony was presided over by the South African Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Hon Hlengiwe Mkhize and the Resident District Commissioner represented, Hon Hilary Onek, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development as Chief Guest. In attendance also were the following dignitaries and persons

  • High Commissioner for South Africa, H.E. Henry Thanduyise Chiliza
  • H.E. Amb. Miriam Blaak Deputy Head of Ugandan Mission to Brussels
  • Managing Director Eskom Uganda, Ms Nokwanda Mngeni
  • Gulu Woman Member of Parliament
  • Gulu Chairman LC5, Norbert Mao
  • Eskom Uganda Directors and Managers
  • Graduates of the Gulu War Affected Training Centre
  • Media