Act4Africa

Act4Africa aims to change five million lives in five years. Improving health/well-being, gender justice, and income generation for women in Africa's poorest communities We plan to do this through education which can encourage independence.
Nov 11, 2014

Field Report November 2014

Prossy
Prossy

Over the last 6 months the Act4Africa team in Mayuge, Uganda have been setting up community groups where  girls and young women can meet together and support each other. Prossy is a 21 year old girl who has been part of that process this is her story

"Growing up in an extended family where most consideration and privileges where given to boys like going to school, deciding on what they want and having a say on issues to do with our family was too challenging. Due to that, I grew up with an inferiority complex always looking up to boys and not able to make an independent decision on my own. Very many times, i have been undermined by other people that I can’t do anything simply because am a girl.

However, after Act4Africa training, am a different person with abilities to stand on my own and express my feelings to other about what I want as individual .The training has given me the belief that I have the capacity to reach where I want to go and ability to decide on issues to do with my life

I feel so blessed having been part of this training and I thank Act4africa for the opportunity given to me. I will endeavour to empower other young girls around me and within my community"

Thank you so much for helping us to help these young girls and women with your support we are able to bring a brighter future to Africa's poor.

Prossy with a group of young mothers
Prossy with a group of young mothers
Aug 5, 2014

Field Report August 2014

Rebecca
Rebecca

This has been a busy 3 months for the team in Jinja Uganda as we have been out in the communities in Mayuge, Uganda. We wanted to introudce you to one of the many girls you are helping through this project

Rebecca is her name and she is 17 years of age and attends a Vocational Training Institute near Jinja Uganda.

After being trained and supported as a "change maker" by ActAfrica Rebecca told us:

"I feel empowered now that I have been trained about gender and how best I can address my interests and needs as a young girl. I have been having a low self esteem and at times been manipulated by boys by the fact that am a girl but now I can express my feelings without any fear.

I can now stand firm and say no to men, and can confidently negotiate not only for safe sex but other spheres of life. I have as well realized that what can be done by a boy can be done by me, pehaps I should not feel low esteemed and should not expect any favor from any one simply because am a girl.

I thank Act4africa and all who support this project for such a good program, as it has really touched and changed my attitudes and am going to share it with my fellow peers at the institute and in my community".

Thats just one of many young beneficaries who are benefitting from our training with your support.

Thanks again for helping us to relase more "change makers" into their communities.

Rebecca facilitating a session with her peers
Rebecca facilitating a session with her peers
May 7, 2014

Field Report May 2014

Fishing community Mayuge District, Uganda
Fishing community Mayuge District, Uganda

This has been a busy time for Act4Africa field staff as we come to the end of the delivery year for the team in Kasese District and as the team in Jinja begin to mobilise for delivery in our next programme in Mayuge District.

The Kasese team have successfully trained a total of 100 young women as Peer Educators this year which is amazing and over 30,000 thousand young women have directly benefitted from our training.

In Mayuge we have been mobilising among the fishing communities and aim to form 30 new groups of young girls and women who will be given training and support. The target is to train approximately 900 girls over the next year. In order to ensure that we can measure the difference your support makes, over the next few weeks we will be in the field gathering some key data before we start delivery in Mayuge. This will be in the form of questionnaires and face to face interviews and we will be reporting these results in subsequent updates.

Thanks so much for your support from everyone at Act4Africa.

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