Dear Friends and Supporters,
We have successfully completed our Pads for Schoolgirls Project at Future Victory School and will closing this project here on GlobalGiving. Our deep Gratitude to each of you for your generous contributions that launched Pads for Schoolgirls Program of Humanity Healing International.
As we have worked to create this new paradigm for vocational training in developing countries, we have learned a tremendous amount on how to create a self-perpetuating vocational program that not only solves an immediate problem (helping keep girls in school by supplying them with the feminine hygiene pads they need), teaches a marketable skill (seamstress and tailoring skills) and, most importantly, teaches the value of selfless service (the girls donating pad kits they have made to other girls in need). We have realized that several smaller programs impacts a greater number of girls than one larger program.
Building on this knowledge, we will be announcing two new Pads for Schoolgirls projects shortly here on GlobalGiving: a second in Uganda and one in Pakistan. We hope you will continue to partner with us in these new endeavors.
May the Blessing you have shared with others return to you a hundredfold.
Christopher Buck, CEO
Humanity Healing International
After a both amazing and terrifying boda boda ride, Britt Lake GlobalGiving's Director of Programs, and I made it to Future Victory School Pre-Primary School.
We were warmly welcomed by the teachers, project staff and students. The school's choir welcomed us with a beautiful song, such talent! Students are settling into their new school year, it was a pleasure seeing their excitement for a new term. You can see some of their smiling faces in the photos below.
Thank you for supporting projects, which make it possible for kids around the globe to get an education! Here's to another great school year!
Despite a one month due to the sickness of the instructor was hired for the program, the Pad Project has taken off successfully. Currently, 95 girls in both Primary Five and Six are now participating in the tailoring lessons every evening after normal class sessions. In addition, every weekend, the tailoring lessons start very early in the morning but in shifts due to the limited sewing machines and small size of the room.
The pilot program currently has 5 sewing machines in place. Our next step is to shift the program to a bigger classroom and install more sewing machines so that we can teach more girls each shift. The larger classroom has been partially constructed, but still needs to be plastered and roofed.
Local women's groups approached the project leadership team with an overwhelming interest to participate with this Tailoring course in order to help their respective families using the new skills acquired, but at this time there is no capacity beyond the 95 girls currently enrolled. It is part of the Project Plan to enroll local women in the program once there is sufficient capacity.
Another exciting development is that other schools in the surrounding area have also illustrated great interest in this project, both in receiving pad kits for their girls and in eventually starting similar programs.
The girls in the program, the staff at Future Victory School in Butansi Sub-county, Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda and the team at Humanity Healing International would like to share our sincere Gratitude with our generous friends through GlobalGiving for helping to sponsor this program and send our best wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season.
Our first shipment of sewing machines for the Pads for Schoolgirls Project has arrived at the Vocational Training Center at Future Victory School in Uganda. As you can see in the pictures, the students are very excited.
In case you are wondering why these are the old style treadle type sewing machines, the answer is simple: there is no electricity at Future Victory School. In Uganda, electricity is primarily found in the major cities and corridors, with much of the countryside doing without.
We are in process of plastering the floor of the room where we will teach the sewing classes. We have found a seamstress instructor and she is just waiting on the floor being finished before we start the classes.
Our sincere Gratitude to all those that generously donated to Humanity Healing International to make this first shipment of sewing machines possible. We have also received shipments of pad kits from individuals with sewing skills of their own that wanted to give of their hands as well as their hearts. Thank you.
It continuously amazes me that something that is so taken for granted in developed countries can make such a huge impact on the life a young woman in developing countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, lack of access to feminine hygiene products is the #1 reason that girls have to drop out of school. Studies have shown that each additional year of schooling, a girl’s earning potential increases by 10-20%.
Empowering woman empowers communities. The goal is to keep girls in school. Our contribution to this goal is the Pads for Schoolgirls Project. Thank you for being a part of this change.
In March, the first shipment of Pad Kits for the Pads for Schoolgirls program arrived at Future Victory School in Uganda.
As you can see, the girls were excited to receive them.
The Pads for Schoolgirls Project has different facets. The first phase of the project includes the shipment of Pad Kits made both professionally and by volunteers to answer the immediate need. The second phase will be the expansion of the Vocational Training Program at Future Victory School to encompass sewing and seamstress skills. As part of their curriculum, the girls in the program will make Pad Kits that they, in turn, will share with other girls in need.
The “Pay It Forward” approach is one of the trademarks of Humanity Healing International programs.
By helping others, “forgotten” children relearn they are part of a larger community and to become part of the solution for the problems affecting it.
Give a child a fish and they eat for a day. Teach a child to fish and they eat for a lifetime.
Our goal is to inspire children so that one day they can be the ones teaching.
Our sincere Gratitude to the donors, volunteers and supporters who are making this transformational project possible.
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