Nasera "Victoria" Yongule

2018 Dartmouth Mandela Washington Fellow
South Sudan

Nasera Victoria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Uganda Christian University. She is not only a competent professional, but also has the passion for sports, playing and promoting women football, and has obtained a number of co-curricular Diplomas from the Eastern Africa Universities’ Sports Federation.

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She worked as a banker with the Cooperative Bank of South Sudan for a short stint and later joined the African Field Epidemiology network (AFENET)/CDC as a project Administrator for the nSTOP project in South Sudan for over a period of two years to date. Although she is an Economist, Victoria is well aware of the effect of economics on peoples’ livelihoods in general, and health in particular. Besides this, education and general self-awareness are also some key factors which have implications on mitigating the negative economic impacts on peoples’ health. While working with AFENET, Nasera has been engaged in the drafting of the project’s Annual Financial Budgets, Planning activities and management of finances thus enabling her to capture a wide range of knowledge and skills in these key areas that she uses to run the Nasvick Initiative.

Nasera, is the founder of the “Nasvick Initiative” whose primary objective is to empower women through soccer and agriculture in South Sudan; through the provision of basic equipment and carrier guidance to the different teams in Juba. The initiative also endeavors to sensitize the masses about the value of women football and fostering peace and reconciliation .The Initiative’s first activity was launched on 2nd December 2017 under the theme ‘’Uplifting Women Soccer in South Sudan’’; where the participating girls’ clubs received different sorts of awards respectively. She intends to organize more women soccer tournaments up to the states’ level, formation of girls’ teams in those states were women football is still unrecognized and continuous mass sensitization in the future as the Initiative sustains the fight against child marriages, sexually gender-based trauma, and marginalization amongst the girls subject to resource availability. In spite of the high demand for passion fruits in South Sudan, Passion fruit farming is not prevalent/established.

Upon her return to South Sudan with the skills and knowledge attained during the Mandela Washington Fellowship, She intends to use the Nasvick Initiative to also engage unemployed rural women and retired footballers in computer trainings and passion fruit farming in the long run through provision of seedlings, farm equipment, and agricultural technical support as well as arranging for reliable market in urban centers in South Sudan. This will afford the women some funds that will uplift their lives economically.

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