From One Girl to a Non-Profit Organization
The Uganda For Her Initiative was born out of serendipity.
In 2015, Ben Serunyigo returned to Uganda after finishing his graduate studies. In his home district of Mpigi, Ben came across a young girl crying on the street. She was sitting on the ground, her clothing stained with blood. Ben soon realized that the girl was experiencing her menstrual period, and knew nothing about it. Ben tried to explain menstruation to the young girl, and together, they went to the market in hopes of finding sanitary pads. When Ben and the girl returned to her home, he discovered that her sisters and many of their classmates had experienced the same fear and confusion surrounding their first periods.
After this chance encounter, Ben came to understand that the need for adequate reproductive & sexual health education was not only a reality for those girls in rural Mpigi but a reality for girls across the world, Ben created Uganda For Her Initiative as an effort to raise awareness, gather support, and fundraise for the cause. What started as a temporary initiative has grown into a comprehensive non-profit organization that strives to empower entire communities by educating students on sexual & reproductive health, providing vocational training to young leaders, and supporting teen mothers and HIV-positive youth in rural Uganda.
From Ben’s experience living in Uganda, he noticed that a gap regarding the support of female development and growth is present. Women continue to be sidelined, especially those residing in less privileged areas. Ibrahim Katende Tebusweke joined the Initiative and donated his time and dedication to improving the lives of the ‘girl child’ in Uganda. His experience in project management and administration has been a blessing to our small organization.
Since it’s beginning, Uganda for Her Initiative has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the girl child in Uganda by enabling the empowerment and education of young women and their communities.