We work in Jinja and Kamuli Districts with the highest child marriage and teenage pregnancy rates. Adolescent girls are vulnerable, and the cost of not protecting them is high. Child marriage often prevents girls from continuing their education and realising their full potential. 12 years of education for every girl would result in a 64% drop in child marriage. Our goal is to empower girls by unlocking their potential through education, life-skills, and livelihood opportunities. This enables them to fight unwanted social pressures and build healthier futures for themselves.
Through ICT clubs, we create and provide safe spaces for girls aged 11-21, especially those who have dropped out of school and might be at risk of getting pregnant at a young age. Our clubs offer spaces where girls can read, sing, dance, play games and socialize with their friends within walking distance of their homes. In every club, one girl is trained as a mentor to teach others about health and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, life skills, and financial literacy.
We believe that social empowerment and economic empowerment go hand in hand. Members are also given basic financial literacy to earn, save, handle budget management, and business planning. Our microloan services for older Club members allow them to start their own entrepreneurial journey.