Engabu Za Tooro (Tooro Youth Platform for Action) is a Not for Profit Non Governmental Organization based in Fort Portal, Western Uganda. It was founded in 1996 by then university leavers from the area with a mission of Enhancing the Capacity of the Communities through Cultural Development, Gender Equality, Human Rights Education, Youth Talents and Economic Development . It is a membership organization and structured with a Patron, Annual General Meeting, Board of Directors, Management, talent clubs and a network of community based women, human rights and economic groups.
The organization is based on the theme of Culture and Development. The major programme areas are Culture in Development, Culture and Youth Talents Development, Culture and Women Economic Rights and Culture and Entrepreneurship Development.
The organisation is accredited to United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) where it participates as an observer in the sessions of Intergovernmental committee on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore.
The organisation is currently mobilising society to build a Talents and Cultural Centre of a national repute in Fort Portal, Western Uganda.
President Yoweri Museveni as head of the Uganda State receives a certificate of UNESCO inscription of Empaako heritage from Stephen Rwagweri Atwoki, a culture expert and Executive Director of Engabu Za Tooro and Elder Isaya Kalya Atwoki, the Treasurer and Custodian for Empaako Heritage Development Trust at a public ceremony that took place at Karambi …