About Us

The Association for the Rehabilitation and Re-Orientation of Women for Development (TERREWODE) is a Uganda based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with its headquarters in Soroti, Eastern Uganda and a liaison office in Ntinda, Kampala. It is among Uganda's largest NGOs that are committed to improving the livelihoods and status of women and girls. TERREWODE was founded in 1999 by Alice Emasu and the women of Teso region as a voluntary, non-profit making organization under the Non-Government organization Regulatory Statutes of 1989 with Reg. No. S.5914/3742.
The founders were spurred into action by their real life experiences and knowledge of the traditional practices such as forced/child marriages that undermine the dignity and full enjoyment of Human rights by vulnerable women and girls. Some of these women narrowly escaped becoming victims of such practices and were therefore, better placed to understand and protest against human rights abuses in the region.
The organization is the brain child of Uganda Media Women's Association (UMWA) in their then three-year Rural out Reach Programme (ROP) in Soroti/Kaberamaido Districts between the period of 1997-1999. It originally operated in only eight districts of the Teso sub-region which included Soroti, Kumi, Bukedea, Ngora, Serere, Kaberamaido, Katakwi and Amuria. Since 2012, TERREWODE acquired the status of a national NGO which allowed her to scale up her operations to new districts in other regions of the country. TERREWODE decided to expand her activities in response to the silent cries of women especially fistula victims in districts of Nakasongola, Kayunga, Mbale, Kapchorwa, Moroto and Amolatar.
The organization works with Local Government structures, women groups, community volunteers and individual women victims/survivors of abuse and rights violations to raise awareness, lobby and advocate for women's health, economic, civic and political rights.