The government of Uganda provides "free" primary education for all. However, statistics show that fewer than 38% of girls entering Primary 1 (the equivalent of kindergarten) in 2009 will complete their primary education. Many obstacles stand in the way of successful education for rural African girls but chief among them are issues relating to puberty, teen pregnancy, and early marriage. This project will increase the chances of academic success for 1500 Ugandan girls.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Eighty five percent (85%) of Ugandans live in rural poverty; earning an average of $300 a year. More than 50% of the population is under 15 years old, and the education of these children is critical for Uganda's economic development. Educating girls is widely regarded as one of the best ways to improve the economy and health of developing countries . However, girls consistently fare less well academically than boys.
How will this project solve this problem?
Building girl -friendly latrines with discreet washrooms. Funding the training by St Mark Institute of Health Sciences, of student educators who will teach their peers about menstrual hygiene, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to avoid early pregnancy. This program has been shown to bring those girls who have dropped out back to school. At the end of 3 years, income generated by saint pads production will finance the peer education program.
Potential Long Term Impact
Developing the self supporting production of locally produced, environmentally -sound sanitary pads (Saint Pads) which, within 3 years, will provide a sustainable source of free pads for 1500 adolescent girls through the St Mark Institute of Health Sciences.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.