May 26, 2020

Helping Girls to Manage Periods during COVID-19

Distribution preparation for lockdown
Distribution preparation for lockdown

Most girls in Northern Uganda rely on free sanitary pads distributed at their school but with the schools shut and community lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, many have no access to sanitary pads.

“We used to get sanitary pads from my school in Acet Omoro District. Now that schools are closed, I'm in my village with no access to sanitary pads I have to use pieces of paper (used newspaper), which is very uncomfortable,” says Milam 17-year-old. “I feel sad and embarrassed I am afraid to sit down for the possibility of soiling my clothes.”

The measures imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda have resulted in economic stress in families that are putting girls and women at a disadvantage. Many have been cut off from essential sexual and reproductive health services, economic activities, and social networks. 

When the government announced lockdowns my family used their savings to stock on food and supplies, but sanitary pads were not considered. Those are normally considered a luxury. I am always glad to go to school as we can get the lucky girl pads from school,” Milam explains.

To respond to girls in this crisis, we are working with the District Task Force formed by the Ugandan government to distribute 4,350 sanitary towels to adolescent girls in Northern Uganda. 

"There are millions of girls affected by the COVID-19 pandemic having been used to accessing sanitary towels in schools," Monica says.

Moving forward, we need your help to prevent and support adolescent girls to continue with their education. please consider your gift to our efforts, ensuring the fights for equality, dignity, and justice continues. You can help us to multiply this impact with your generous donation.

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Distribution preparation for lockdown
Distribution preparation for lockdown

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Mar 19, 2020

I'm Happy and Confident

Beatrice
Beatrice

It's very important to understand that poverty is systemic. This is as true in Uganda as it is in other parts of the world. There is no single solution or a silver bullet that lifts women out of those circumstances, so we use the resources available to address these problems through a range of targeted interventions that can help women to improve their economic status, improve their education, sustainability and encourage a better family environment. 

Today we're treated with joy when we visited the home of Beatrice. Beatrice 28 years married with 2 children. Joined The Sisters Women group and became a member. The group is made up of 15 members who stary and leave in the same neighborhood. VacNetw provided business skills training and microloans each receiving $50 to start their business. 

Beatrice used her $50 microloan to start a retail business Soon she was chosen to chair meetings in a group of 15 strong women and, became a community mobilizer in her area, mobilizing women for antenatal care and reproductive health programs.

“My Life Has Improved in Many Ways from the Support of VacNet.” When Beatrice completed the first phase of the business skills training and leadership skills training her husband encouraged her to start a business and to contest for a position in women council elections. Beatrice shares, “I was elected the woman leader and a community mobilizer in charge of children’s affairs in my village.”

Together with you, we continue to impact women’s lives directly through our microloan program that you support. We believe you will continue to support us to continue this wonderful journey of supporting women to walk their way by themselves your generous donation makes this possible. of people supporting impoverished women.

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Dec 4, 2019

I feel Proud and Confident

Stella selling in the Market
Stella selling in the Market

Stella, aged 42, is married with 5 children. Before joining the program, She used to fear to sell in the market and would give out groundnuts, and maize for free and didn’t know how to save. She recalls lacking household basic utensils which used to make her fear hosting visitors. After Joining the program group member became her newfound family and source of inspiration, Stella became very passionate about groundnut growing despite facing challenges of pests and diseases. Initially, Stella was a subsistence farmer before the intervention, her goal was to become a commercial farmer.

After completing the business skills training Stella requested a microloan of $150 to support her open up her land increased acreage from 1 acre before joining the program to 5 acres of groundnuts. In her first harvest, she got 50 bags, after selling the got $920. Currently, she has increased the acreage from 5 to 10 acres of groundnuts and has now diversified into Cassava growing.

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"I feel proud and confident I got the skills on how to make money from the sale of groundnuts and the loan I got from the group. I have bought good beddings and household utensils and can now host visitors without any fear. Stella currently looks after 5 grandchildren, a responsibility she had initially refused due to a lack of money. Her current savings every season is $200 

Thank you for empowering me! Stella ---

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women  Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, and economic justice continues. Women who are economically empowered are confident and proud like Stella. Help us multiply this impact with your generous donation.

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Marry Stella's Daughter helps in the garden
Marry Stella's Daughter helps in the garden
Stella Taking her G-nutes to the market after have
Stella Taking her G-nutes to the market after have

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