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From the beginning, Uganda for Her has worked tirelessly to support the empowerment of girls in Uganda. Uganda for Her works to empower girls and their communities through education. Since 2015, we have impacted more than 2000 students at 40 schools and distributed reusable sanitary pads to nearly 900 girls, which allowed them to not miss a week of school each month and gave them a safe and sustainable solution to their menstruation needs
MET THE BENEFICIARIES
Meet Ruth, Kamengo primary school
We had the pleasure of meeting Ruth on one of our outings last year in the Mpigi District, to distribute much needed sanitary pads to girls. Ruth, then age 12, was a student attending Kamengo Primary School. She, along with several of her classmates were among the girls our organization deemed most in need of receiving reusable sanitary pads.
Ruth dictated her story to Ben, our Director of Operations. “She (Ruth), explained to me that is has been so hard for her, ever since she began menstruating”. Due to a lack of funds to afford basic necessities, such as sanitary pads, Ruth unfortunately was forced to use all kinds of other and often times, unhygienic means to manage her period. Without access to pads, and in order to avoid the embarrassing stares she receives from her fellow classmates, Ruth ties a sweater around her waist to try to hide the stains on her uniform.
Ruth also told our U4H team, the story of her friend Joanitah. With a lack of available funds to be able to afford sanitary pads, and a general lack of education in Uganda surrounding taboo subjects such as ‘sex’ and reproductive health, many young girls find themselves in extremely uncomfortable situations in trying to manage their monthly cycles. Without proper education many boys tease girls who are unable to properly manage their periods. Taunts such as “you slaughtered a goat” or that “period blood is a curse” are commonly overheard on the playground. Unable to afford sanitary pads and deal with the constant bullying, Joanitah decided to never return to school.
Meet Magrate, Teen Mother
Margaret was 15 when her parents told her she was getting married. Her future husband was a 36-year-old farmer from her home village of Sakabusolo, in central Uganda. She begged her parents to let her stay in school, but they said they needed the dowry money. The groom paid them $80.
It didn’t take long for Margaret to realize her husband was a violent alcoholic. After six months of rape and beatings, she got pregnant. “The best part of becoming a mom is having someone to play with,” says the teenager, who has just turned 16 and still wears her school uniform skirt. But the birth of their son did not temper her husband’s mood swings. So, one day, after a particularly brutal beating, Margaret packed a small bag, tied her baby to her back and fled to her elder sister’s home.
Margaret joined Uganda for Her safe space in Mpigi and she is currently advocating for child bride and she has encouraging a lot of girls to stay in school
Meet Joyce, Student
In Uganda, it is very common for adolescents, especially for girls, while still attending primary school, to not be informed that they are sick with HIV/AIDS. Because many children are born with the disease having had to passed along from their mothers at birth, it is difficult to explain their situations to them until they reach a certain age. A lack of proper education on the subjects has also enabled an environment in which victims of HIV/AIDS are often stigmatized by their fellow peers, making it harder for students to muster up the will to attend school. Joyce’s story is no different.
After losing both her parents to HIV/AIDS, Joyce has come to live with her only surviving guardian, her grandmother. Joyce, like her late parents is also HIV positive. Her P6 teacher informed our team that one day Joyce confided in her “teacher, teacher, everyday I take medicine, but I don’t know why?”.