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Girls in rural Uganda need to be supported to attend school daily.

Every times girls get into their periods,  many are forced to stay home because they fear the embarrassment that comes with staining a dress.

They therefore prefer toi stay home until the periods are done due to lack of sanitary pads. 

When we support these girls with sanitary pads they are then able to compete favorably with the boys in the same class.

Support our campaign to Keep Girls in School by donating towards sanitary pads.

Your contribution will be very significant. 

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Join Us For The National Girl Summit Set for 30th November 2018 During the 16 Days of Activism

During the 16 Days of Activism, Girls Not Brides Uganda National Alliance will hold the National Girl Summit. The Alliance comprises of 80 members organisations from different parts of the country working to end Teenage pregnancy and Child marriage. Raising Teenagers Uganda belongs to this Alliance and coordinates the central region in Uganda.

The National Girl summit will provide a platform where governments, civil society, UN agencies, private sector, academia, religious leaders and traditional leaders will meet to discuss and develop a national plan of action toward realizing the human rights of girls in Uganda. 

The theme for the Uganda Girls Summit is “Securing Uganda’s future; a time to move from commitment to implementation in the campaign against child marriage and female genital mutilation” 

Specific objectives of the National Girl’s summit include;

i. Assess the progress made by the government of Uganda in fulfilling their international regional and national commitments and obligations toward eliminating child marriage and FGM 

ii.    Share good practice (evidence driven) including undocumented/unpublished research about what works in eliminating child marriage and FGM

iii. Create a platform to hear the voices of children affected by child marriage and FGM

iv. Strengthen coordination and partnership among organisations, partners and donors working to end harmful traditional practices and other human rights violations of girls. 

We call upon other CSOs to join us and make this day a success as we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence.

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Do you value the concept of Local Fundraising! We have tried it and it works well.

Looking for funds to run organisational activities can be a challenge but its very important that we start to value the importance of local fundraising. When we involve the community and interest them with our programs, they feel a sense of commitment and ownership. They value their contributions no matter how big are small they my be.

We are honored to have been part of this training organised by Uganda National NGOs Forum and Wilde Ganzen under the Change the Game Academy program.

We have in the past involved ourselves in local fundraising through our hiking events which get members to contribute towards sanitary pads for the less advantaged girls so that they can attend school with dignity and pride. 

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We Follow up the girls that we have supported with Afripads to understand their experience

In the last 2 years, we have been able to support 10,400 girls with reusable sanitary pads so that they are able to attend school everyday of the term without being limited by their periods. Yesterday together with our partners from Afripads Foundation and Wilde Ganzen we went to meet girls in Masaka at Kijjabwemi Primary school so that we can hear their testimonies about using Afripads.

Many of the girls are happy because they no longer miss school because of menstruation. Others are excited about saving the money they used to spend on buying disposable sanitary pads per month. Am improvement in attendance is obvious as communicated by the head teacher of the school.

We are glad about the difference we are making in the lives of girls in rural schools. we call upon well wishers to donate sanitary pads so that more girls are supported and able to stay in school until they complete their education.

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Local Fundraising promotes Commitment and Ownership among community members.

Looking for funds to run organisational activities can be a challenge but its very important that we start to value the importance of local fundraising. When we involve the community and interest them with our programs, they feel a sense of commitment and ownership. They value their contributions no matter how big are small they my be.

We are honored to have been part of this training organised by Uganda National NGOs Forum and Wilde Ganzen under the Change the Game Academy program.

We have in the past involved ourselves in local fundraising through our hiking events which get members to contribute towards sanitary pads for the less advantaged girls so that they can attend school with dignity and pride. 

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They Hiked Wanale to Break Stigma Around Menstruation.

The stigma that surrounds menstruation needs to be broken with a lot of energy. Menstruation is natural and normal and therefore should be treated as such. No girl should suffer just because she was born female. Join us to support the less advantaged girls with sanitary pads so that they can attend school every day of the term.

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These Girls will not Miss School again because of Menstruation.

Our program also goes up to western Uganda. These girls study from Bunyarugyi Primary school in Bushenyi district. When we visited their school, many girls informed us that they always stay at home every time they are in their periods due to lack of sanitary pads and fear to be humiliated by boys. We supported 180 girls in the school with sanitary pads and they were so happy and relived. 

We are glad that now they attend school every day and can comfortably compete with the boys at the end of the term. Join our campaign to Keep Girls in School.

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A Gift of a Water Tank makes life meaningful for a School going Girl Child

In our program of Keeping Girls in schools, we realized that some schools have no access to clean water. This puts the lives of girls at risk as they move long distances in search for water instead of being in class. Some girls have been raped and defiled as they search for water.

At Raising Teenagers Uganda we decided to start looking out for kind people that could donate water tanks. And Yes we got some.

We have in the last one year given out 6 water tanks to six schools. The students in these schools are now safe from abuse that would take place as they looked for water. We imagined life of a girl in her periods without water in the school and truly its impossible life. Its one reason why some girls would decide to abandon school completely.

Now with these water tanks from well wishers, boys and girls are able to attend their classes without worrying about water. We call upon kind people out their to support our work so that we reach out to more rural schools. with only $1500 we can buy a water tank and cater for all its installation expenses. Support us to support more. Together we make a big difference. 

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School is the best place for all Children. Including Girls.

In many rural areas, parents tend to think that boys should be in schools while girls stay home doing house work or getting married off as soon as they begin their periods. At Raising Teenagers Uganda we strongly believe that all children should be supported to go to school so that they are able to realize their dreams and aspirations.

Girls unlike boys are many times forced to abandon school due to many reasons including lack of sanitary pads, Teenage Pregnancy, menstrual pain, lack of guidance and lack of school fees as boys are paid for first. 

This is why we decided to start School clubs where we meet with girls and encourage them to stay focused on their education, We help to build their self esteem and confidence, we support the less advantaged girls with sanitary pads so that they can attend school everyday , we also support schools with water tanks as a means of saving girls from walking long distances in search for water. We do this with the help of well wishers that follow our work on social media and decide to make donations. You too can support our initiative to keep Girls in school. Contribute towards making this world a better place for children.

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Girls Not Brides Uganda Members at the #GNB2018 Global Meeting in Malaysia.

In June, the Girls Not Brides Global Partnership to End Child Marriage held a Global meeting in Malaysia. This meeting brought together over 500 advocates from different parts of the world. We are so honored to have been part of this life changing meeting. 

Uganda was very well represented with 14 member organisations. At the global meeting, we were able to connect with other advocates from other countries and we learnt a lot through different sessions we attended.

The knowledge got from there will help us to carry out our activities geared towards ending child marriage in Uganda.

The Creativity at the Global market was beyond. We appreciate the Girls Not Brides Secretariat in London for the great preparation. Building a strong movement towards Ending Child Marriage. We are very Honored to belong with you.

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School Clubs are making a difference in the lives of Girls.

When we started working with young people in schools, we realized that many of them were very scared to speak about issues affecting them in their lives. We later decided to introduce "GirlsMatterClubs" 

These brought the girls together and they were given a chance to openly speak about their issues or seek one on one counseling sessions. A few months later, they girls have now improved in their communication skills and many have received guidance.

We have these clubs in 5 schools and we wish to extend to other schools but we are limited by funds. If we get some kind people to support our work, we shall be able to reach out to more girls as we improve their lives for the better.

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A simple gift of a Sanitary pad causes wider smiles among Girls in Rural Uganda

Up to today we still have girls in Uganda who miss or drop out of school because of Menstruation. They have no access to sanitary pads and they can stand the humiliation and embarrassment that comes from the boys and the male teachers.

As a result they decide to abandon school and run to men in search for basic needs like sanitary wear. This has increased the rates of teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

For that reason we always look out for kind people that can donate sanitary pads so that we take them to girls in rural schools. In the last 2 years, we have been able to support 10,000 girls with reusable Afripads and now these girls can attend school everyday of the term. This has helped them to compete favorably with the boys at the end of the term. If you would like to support our campaign to Keep Girls In School, please get in touch with us via nankundahope@gmail.com or hope@raisingteenagers.org 

Together we can make a difference in the lives of rural girls.

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Sanitary pads for girls.

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Provision of Sanitary pads helps to Keep Girls in School.

In many rural communities,  girls are forced to stay away from school when they are in their periods or even drop out of school, others could even drop out of school completely. 

We believe that No Girl should stay out of school just because they are girls.

With well wishers, we are able to support some girls to stay in school.  10,000 girls have been supported in the last 2 years. Many more need help, if you are well placed, please donate some sanitary pads and watch how you transform the world through educating the Girl Child.

Join our Campaign to Keep Girls in School. 

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Ending Menstrual Stigma is everyones responsibility

Breaking stigma around menstruation calls for desperate measures. Every year we organize hiking events and involve as many people as possible so that we all own up the need to support the girl child to stay in school. Brian is one of the 50 hikers that joined us this year to Hike. How great it is to have boys and men support the initiate to keep girls in school!!

Hike 4 a Girl Child, was a life changing experience for him.  The event took place on 11th - 12th August in Eastern Uganda  Mt. Wanale in Mbale District with the purpose of creating awareness for breaking stigma around menstruation. Men and women that participated in this cause work for different Civil Society Organisations while others were just concerned well – wishers.  The stigma around menstruation or period as commonly known keeps some if not most young girls out of schools especially in rural areas.

Fear a woman! She bleeds on average of 2 – 7 days every month and doesn’t die. Guys around Brian used to make jokes about menstruation. It may come out as a joke if you’re a male, but not to a female. He didn’t quite comprehend why we joked about it but I do feel ashamed for doing so. Now he appreciates the need to support the less advantaged girls with sanitary pads so that they are able to stay in school and complete their education.

The more boys and men we have on board the better for the Girl child. We can all do the little we can until every girl is able to stay in school and complete their education. We were able to support 80 girls in Eastern Uganda with sanitary pads from the hiking cost proceeds .

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The 2018 Hikers.

50 people Hiked to Break Stigma around Menstruation.

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Free Sanitary Pads can help many Girls to stay in schools.

There are so many girls missing or dropping out of school due to lack of sanitary pads. some of these girls are orphans and have nobody to stand in the gap. That is why we call upon well wishers to donate sanitary pads so that we can support the less advantaged girls to stay in school.

we look out for individual well wishers who believing in transforming lives of others. Together we can achieve much more. An educated girl is an empowered girl.

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Does she know her responsibility!

School is the safest place for all girls. 

All children have the right to education. 

They have the right to protection

They have a right to survive and to be safe

They have a right to belong and to be heard

They have a right to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective environment. 

Have talked to children about their rights!!

Its the only way they can demand for them!!

Children do not forget you have a responsibility.

And now that you are on holiday, be as responsible as the word.

The world loves responsible children.

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Support the Less advantaged girls to stay in School.

Many times, in different cultures and communities, Onset of #Menstruation means that a Girl is ready for Marriage and some parents go ahead to allocate husbands to these girls. However its important to Note that A girl should be in school.

Supporting girls to stay in school until they complete their education can bring about positive change to community and the nation as a whole. That is why at #RTU we have made it our mission to support the less advantaged girls in rural schools with reusable sanitary pads so that they can stay in school and complete their education.

Thanks to our amazing well wishers who always find it important to make donations of sanitary pads.

We would never do it alone.

Education is Wisdom so lets continue to support more and more girls to stay in school.

Make a difference today by supporting some girl with sanitary pads.

#KeepGirlsInSchool #EndChildMarriage.

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3000 Girls to be supported with Reusable Afripads.

Thanks to the AFRIpads Foundation we shall be able to support more 3000 girls this year with sanitary pads and underwear this year.

We are breaking stigma around Menstruation by ensuring that NO GIRL drops out of school because of menstruation.

When girls are in school, they are much safer and therefore every effort towards keeping them in school makes us proud. We appreciate everyone that has walked this journey with us.

We appreciate AFRIpads for always supporting our campaign of keeping girls in school.

We are set to make a difference in the lives of the less advantaged girls in Bushenyi, Sheema Wakiso and slum skills in Kampala district.

Let Girls learn 

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Its Her Dream. Support Her to Achieve It.

Have you seen Doctors in hospital who care less about their patients? May be they were forced by their parents to become a doctor against their will. You may want your daughter to be a doctor but she wants to become a Lawyer, the best you can do is listen to her reasons for wanting to be a Lawyer and support her. Forcing her to become what she does not want could affect her negatively and those a round her.

A lot of encouragement is always needed for young people to stay focused on their dreams. They never need any kind of discouragement at all because that puts them down and may force them out of school.

Even when parents wish their children to be different, its important that they realize the fact that every child is different and they are talented differently. The earlier we realize that, the better for everyone. Support children to achieve their dreams.

At Raising Teenagers Uganda we offer career guidance to students and give them a platform where they can share their views and reason with others.

  

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Girl Talk Moment with our Club members.

A moment with our girls as we come close to the end of term one. Its been a fruitful session as we shared about the dangers of bad peer influence and how this can affect their lives going forward.We also had a Girl talk moment about #Menstruation and what to expect for those that have not started.We are working to keep girls in school and ensuring that they complete their education.Girl talk books were given to some of the girls and these will guide them on how to keep themselves safe.

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Girl Talk Moment with our Club members.

A moment with our girls as we come close to the end of term one. Its been a fruitful session as we shared about the dangers of bad peer influence and how this can affect their lives going forward.We also had a Girl talk moment about #Menstruation and what to expect for those that have not started.We are working to keep girls in school and ensuring that they complete their education.Girl talk books were given to some of the girls and these will guide them on how to keep themselves safe.

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Hike with Us to Break Stigma Around Menstruation

In some cultures and communities, as soon as a girl begins her periods, she is then looked at as being ready for marriage no matter how young they are. In other circumstances girls are forced to miss or drop out of school due to lack of sanitary pads and fear to be humiliated by the boys in the school.

Breaking Stigma Around Menstruation takes different forms. In June Raising Teenagers-Uganda and Steadfast Safaris will lead a team of Hikers to Mt.Wanale in Eastern Uganda with the aim of creating awareness of the fact that Girls should never miss or drop out of school because of Menstruation.They should never be married off because they have begun their Menstruation. We call upon different individuals and institutions to join us on this cause.Will you join us!! All the proceeds will be used to buy sanitary pads for the less advantaged girls.Friday 15th - Sipi FallsSaturday 16th-Hike Wanale Mountain.Sunday 17th- Give out Sanitary pads to school girls and Return to Kampala.

If one is unable to join us, they can send their donations and touch lives of girls in a very special way.Together we make a big difference.#KeepGirlsInSchool. #EndChildMarriage

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Writing Poems helps me to feel better.

I have faced a lot of challenges in my life and speaking about them is very difficult. However i find writing very helpful because every time i write a new poem, i feel like am a new person.

I encourage fellow young people to embrace the art of writing. It basically changes everything.

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Reusable Sanitary Pads: Making Education possible for Girls in Rural Schools.

When girls begin Menstruation, they come face to face with reality. So many times they are not even aware of what to expect because in most cases their parents have not prepared them for this phase in their life.

For school girls it becomes a problem as boys and men make fun and humiliate these girls once they stain their dresses.

As a result some girls tend to abandon school and give up on their education for fear of embarrassment. 

At Raising Teenagers Uganda we believe that No girl should drop out of school because of Menstruation and that is why we ask well wishers to donate sanitary pads so that we can take them to the girls in rural schools. 

The reusable pads from Afripads have been so helpful to many girls as they use and reuse them. We train them on how to use them and keep them clean because good hygiene is very key.

We call upon different people from all over the world to support our cause of keeping girls in school.

Together we can make a very big difference in the lives of young girls because Every Teen Counts.

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Every Child needs encouragement especially from Parents and Teachers

When young children are encouraged and motivated to work hard and achieve their dreams they actually tend to believe more in the fact they they can and they work hard to fullfil their potential

When we reach out to them during our out reach programs, we try as much as we can to assure them that they can achieve all their dreams if the concentrate on their academics and make good use of their time at school.

We could achieve much more if we encouraged our children more and discouraged them much less. when are a child is told that they cant excel in life, they actually tend to believe it and give up upon trying hard to make their point.

We appreciate parents, teachers, care givers and guardians that have done their best to encourage and motivate those children under their care. you are slowly and surely building a generation of well established children that will transform this world for the better.

Our Girls Matter clubs are providing a platform where they can share their challenges and ideas as they build each others confidence and self esteem.

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Menstruation should never mean end of Education for any Girl Child

Yes, we have seen it happen in different communities and rural schools as girls are left with no choice but to give up their education as soon as they begin their periods. Sometimes its because they cant stand the humiliation and embarrassment that comes from boys and male teachers as they make fun of their situation, but also this happens due to the fact that they cant afford the cost of sanitary pads and so they decide to give up on their education and stay home which increases the risks of teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

 Menstruation is a natural and normal process that should be embraced with total respect across all cultures. At the moment when a little girl begins her periods, all she needs is support and understanding from those around her to explain the situation and help her on how to handle her condition going forward as opposed to neglecting them and living them to forge a way forward on their own. This has led to misguidance from peers which many times leads the little girls into trouble and consequently  dropping out of school.

Periods are a must for every girl child and the best we can do is support the less advantaged girls with sanitary pads so that they can be able to manage their menstruation matters monthly and be able to attend school daily to be able to compete favorably with their male counterparts. We have been able to support girls in  rural schools with sanitary pads and they are now able to attend school daily. This we have done with support from well wishers that have appreciated our campaign of keeping girls in schools.

The numbers are however growing bigger as new girls begin their periods daily and we call upon more well wishers to support us with more sanitary pads so that we are able to reach out to more girls. When we have more educated girls, then we are assured of a better generation for the world to come.

Lets work together and make a difference in the lives of the girls in this world because #GirlsMatter 

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Girls Matter Clubs build self-esteem and confidence for girls in schools.

When girls are given a platform where they can easily share their ideas, challenges and testimonies, they benefit more by building each others confidence.

When we introduced these clubs in schools, we realized that girls had been missing a lot and suffering a lot in silence. Challenges to do with menstruation were never talked about because many times its considered a shame. Girls were missing school due to feel of being humiliated by boys while others would hide for long hours behind the classroom for fear of being seen tying themselves with sweaters to cover the stained part.

Now its easy for girls to support each other in times of crisis and they now understand that menstruation is a normal process of girl child growth that needs to be treated as part of human life. The girls are more confident than ever before and the boys have also been sensitized about the need to support girls.

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Boys are included in our Clubs and they love it so much.

Even though they are called Girls Matter Clubs, we involve the boys as much as possible. We work towards building a generation where boys are supportive towards the girl child and we encourage them to look at them as their own sisters. The club leadership positions include boys too and they are very helpful.

The challenges that girls face in schools are quite a lot and many times they are made worse by the  boys especially those related to menstruation. We train the boys and get them to understand that the world will be a much better place if both boys and girls are able to stay in school until they complete their education.

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Listening is a Skill that all teenagers need just like their parents.

Many times young people are never listened to simply because they are children. As a result we miss out a lot from these amazing people because yes sometimes we can learn something from them especially because the world is dynamic.

When parents refuse to listen to their children, the children decide to practice the same and as a result we come face to face with teenagers that have given up on anything called listening.

We have done our best to promote listening skills among young people and educating them why its important to listen. They however always ask us to reach out to their parents and also teach them the importance of listening to their children once in a while. Lets promote listening skills among our children so that they can also be able to practice the same.

Some teachers in schools beat up children without first giving them a chance defend themselves, and later they realize that they punished these students for nothing but yet they cant reverse the situation.

Listen. Listen. Listen.

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A School without Water is a difficult environment for a Girl Child

When we send our children to school, there are those specifics we expect from them mainly to do with academic results, but it gets more difficult for a child to achieve academic excellence when she has no access to clean water in the school. We have been to schools where there in absolutely no water and students have to walk long distances in search for water. This water has to be used for cooking food, washing their clothes, drinking, bathing and the rest.

As the students move long distances in search for water, the girls are disturbed and abused by men who take advantage of their vulnerability. The rate of abuse here can never be compared with that inflicted on the boys.

Some of  the girls are forced to abandoned school while others become victims of teenage pregnancy as a result of sexual abuse. Its equally important to note that this affects the academic performance of these students. 

As the world celebrated world water day, we want to appreciate friends that have supported our program of keeping girls in school through donating water tanks for slum schools. The Lohana Community of Kampala as well as The Mudasir Family that came all the way from England to support the less advantaged children in Uganda. The 3 water tanks have helped a lot the students in Grace Fellowship Primary school, Grace Educational Center- Lugoba and Lugoba High School. 

These three schools no longer suffer with lack of water and this is helping students to concentrate on their studies. We call upon those that are ready to support other schools with water tanks to get in touch with us and make it possible.

With a donation of $1600 a school will receive a 10,000 water tank and its installation will be fully done so that they can have rain water harvest. Lets support girls to stay in school with dignity.

Water is Life. Give students Life.

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A School without Water is a difficult environment for a Girl Child

When we send our children to school, there are those specifics we expect from them mainly to do with academic results, but it gets more difficult for a child to achieve academic excellence when she has no access to clean water in the school. We have been to schools where there in absolutely no water and students have to walk long distances in search for water. This water has to be used for cooking food, washing their clothes, drinking, bathing and the rest.

As the students move long distances in search for water, the girls are disturbed and abused by men who take advantage of their vulnerability. The rate of abuse here can never be compared with that inflicted on the boys.

Some of  the girls are forced to abandoned school while others become victims of teenage pregnancy as a result of sexual abuse. Its equally important to note that this affects the academic performance of these students. 

As the world celebrated world water day, we want to appreciate friends that have supported our program of keeping girls in school through donating water tanks for slum schools. The Lohana Community of Kampala as well as The Mudasir Family that came all the way from England to support the less advantaged children in Uganda. The 3 water tanks have helped a lot the students in Grace Fellowship Primary school, Grace Educational Center- Lugoba and Lugoba High School. 

These three schools no longer suffer with lack of water and this is helping students to concentrate on their studies. We call upon those that are ready to support other schools with water tanks to get in touch with us and make it possible.

With a donation of $1600 a school will receive a 10,000 water tank and its installation will be fully done so that they can have rain water harvest. Lets support girls to stay in school with dignity.

Water is Life. Give students Life.

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Kalangala Island #16DaysOfActivism

A team of 35 members from 15 Organisations set off to Kalangala Island to touch lives of girls in different ways. This was in respect for the #16DaysOfActivism against Gender Based Violence that are celebrated world wide every year from 25th-10th December. This year Girls Not Brides Uganda Alliance- A Ugandan Partnership to End Child Marriage led by Raising Teenagers Uganda so it fit to reach out to girls on the island so that we share some love, talk to them about life, meet their parents and talk to them about why they must keep their children in school until they complete their education. meet and talk to the law enforcement officers and local leaders about why they must attend to cases of sexual violence that are rampant on the island.

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A visit to Bery’s Place

We met with a victims of sexual violence that are being looked after by Bery, a very generous old man that has been on this island for 10 years now. The home is called Bery’s Place &Ssese Humanitarian Services and he currently takes care of 47 girls. His home is the only Children’s home on the island and he is currently struggling with cancer. As he shared his story with us, we realized that he is worried about what will happen to these girls when he is no longer alive and he called upon us and everyone out there to join hands with him and support these girls. He takes care of their education, feeding, medical bills and everything esle. We were humbled by his love for Uganda and specifically for choosing to support these girls because on the island, sexual exploitation is a common practice as men believe that once they sleep with young girls, they will catch more fish the next morning.

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The Youth Camp

We had an opportunity to meet with the youth that had come to the island for a camp organised by Red Cross Uganda. As we shared with them, we realised that not only girls are abused sexually but also boys by sugar mummyz. The boys requested that we also think about them and reach out to them because they equally need support to deal with the challenges they are faced with. 

The young people at the camp had a lot to share and requested that we should always go to their schools and give them counseling services because sometimes its hard to deal with their challenges without help. 

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