Our Impact in Improving the lives of the girl child, Women and Mothers

Our Impact in Improving the lives of the girl child, Women and Mothers

1. POLLINATION PROJECT

With a grant of $1,000 from Pollination Project, Mission for African Mothers implemented the Girl Empowerment Project in 2014 in 3 schools of Olio, Idupa, and Odungura Primary Schools in Serere district of Uganda. 

Project rationale

Being unable to address the immediate demands of their physical needs, young women are prone to using crude materials that are not absorbent and make them prone to frequent infection. In addition to the health risks, these rudimentary methods require these young women to stay in the home, miss school, and eventually due to absences, be dropped from their educational program.

Project approach and reach.

The Project involved training girls on how to make homemade reusable pads, as well as provide community education on reproductive health with focus on puberty, feminine hygiene and menstruation. The project reached to a total 500 in-school girls between the age of 8-15.

For more information about this project, please, check our donor page on the Pollination Project website.

2. RURAL YOUTH REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (UGANDA)

With support from Universal Charitable Fund, MAM initially received a total grant of $4,000 to implement the two-phased project between the year 2014-2015. 

Objectives of the project.

To empower young people to be their own advocates and agents of change through establishment of reproductive and sexual health and rights clubs

To engage community leaders including teachers, politicians and religious leaders as champions for youth reproductive and sexual health and rights

To raise awareness among rural youth on sexual and reproductive health and rights through establishment of clubs

To train peer educators and counsellors

To lower the cultural and social barriers to youth reproductive and sexual health and rights

To establish reproductive health drop in points to create easy accessible of reproductive and sexual health services and information.

To establish youth corners that will be in places where the youths can discuss issues relating to their reproductive health and sexuality issues.

Project rationale

The youth in Uganda, mostly those from the rural areas of the country like Serere district, face a lot of obstacles in their attempt to access reproductive and sexual health services and information.

These obstacles include but are not limited to:

Facilities which are either too close to the youths family, or too far from the youth; research reveals that youth do not want to run into their family members when entering, utilizing or leaving a sexual health facility.

The design of the services; these include crowded waiting rooms, counselling spaces that do not afford privacy, appointment times that do not accommodate young peoples work or school schedules, and limited contraceptive supplies and options.

The providers attitudes and actions; in many societies and cultures, adults have difficulty accepting the teenagers sexual development as a natural and positive part of growth and maturation. Young people are not encouraged to seek care if they encounter service providers whose attitudes convey that youth should not be seeking sexual health services.

Such obstacles, coupled with limited access to information on sexual and reproductive health, along with ignorance amongst the use of their reproductive health rights, has caused many youths in Serere district engage in dubious acts like re-using the used condoms.

Such scenarios have seen incidences of teenage pregnancies increasing, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases like HPV on the rise again in the rural areas, a situation that the Rural Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Campaign addressed.

Project approach and reach

The aim of this project was to use a youth-led model as a means of creating awareness on sexual and reproductive health services, information and rights, amongst the rural youth of Olio and Kadungulu sub county in Serere district of Uganda.

For more information about this project, please, check our donor page on the Universal Charitable Fund website.

3. SINGLE EXPECTANT MOTHERS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

This project was a two-phased project implemented in 2015 and funded by the Jewish Helping Hands. Mission for first received an initial grant of $3,990, and also, $5,000. 

In 2015, and through our Economic Empowerment Program, MAM supported new mothers, aged fifteen to thirty, create a decent, sustainable future for themselves and their families. They lived in the shanti towns in the Kawempe division on the outskirts of Kampala. One of our partners, Finance Trust, trained them in business management, entrepreneurship and loan management. 

This was a full-blown micro-finance training program, including vocational training in three areas (tailoring, hair-dressing and handicrafts) and culminating in $80, interest-free, loans to be repaid.

Project impact;

The twenty women created a joint business of tailoring, making uniforms. The profits were then divided among them. They also taught the skills they had learned making paper beads, necklaces and baskets to other girls and women. Now more than fifty are involved in the work. 

The knowledge obtained from tailoring as a business model will now be replicated in starting individual small businesses. Some of the mothers chose to invest their money into their own business plans; others chose to invest in their childrens education. In addition, our women are learning to save for the future.

The other part of the project focused on the health and well-being of the future new-borns, by providing a 1 year of free medical care. 

For more information about this project, please, check our donor page on the Jewish Helping Hands website.



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