Dec 4, 2019

Every Girl's Dream

Lucky Girl beneficially
Lucky Girl beneficially

Innocent at 12 years age in primary 7, she got pregnant because a man promised to buy her sanitary pads and books so that she stays in school in exchange for having sex with her, She lucked information about reproductive health and options like many other girls in Uganda. All her dreams to become a Nurse were shattered because her education prematurely ended after sitting her primary 7 exams. 

Innocent's Uncle after learning about her pregnancy jubilated because it was a chance for him to get bride price, Immediately she was told to go and start her family.

"My mother told me to go after delivery I will go back to school and I accepted," I was told that my family's decision that I should get married so that the wealth will be used to marry for my bother as it is the practice in our culture" Innocent emphasizes I still believe I WILL GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND REALISE DREAM OF BECOMING A NURSE

Child marriage in Nwoya Northern Uganda stands at 68%. According to the Annual Crime Report (2017). We are convinced that the pursuit of gender justice starts with protecting young girls from being forced or sold into a marriage. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Access to sanitary pads to young girls is one way to prevent and support your girls to continue with their education.

This year alone we manufactured and distributed 1.5+ million sanitary pads to girls in schools and in the refugee community. We continue to see vast improvements in health and hygiene, self-esteem, and school attendance. We are creating employment opportunities within our small social enterprise and building a future with dignity for our girls!

Moving forward, we need your help to prevent and support your girls to continue with their education. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, justice continues. Help us multiply this impact with your generous donation

Thank you

Schools sanitary pads distribution
Schools sanitary pads distribution

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Oct 14, 2019

I was Forced to Marry a Rapist but you Saved Me

At the age of 12, Nancy started her menstrual cycle, which she says was very painful. Her friends advised her to engage in sex as one of the ways to reduce the pain. “When I started my periods, I asked my mother for money to buy sanitary pads but she told me she didn’t have the money she did not offer me any advice,” says Nancy.

Helpless, scared and confused my friend of the same age advised me to get a boyfriend who can buy me sanitary pads to which I accepted with hope the hope that once I get a boyfriend, he would provide sanitary pads for me and I will be able to continue with my education.

Client quote:-

"The boyfriend demanded sex in exchange for buying me sanitary pads to which I refused and I feared it so much. I started hiding and I never go back to class fearing boys and girls will laugh at me. One day he found me alone on my way home, he raped me. A month later, I realized I had missed my period. I told my mother who checked me and confirmed I was pregnant. My family decided to force me to marry the boy who raped me. My dream of becoming a doctor ended the day he raped me".

Our interventions this quarter focused on changing cultural norms through creating awareness about the dangers of child marriage and early pregnancy, Provide leadership and education for community members and leaders to influence positive policies around gender justice and human rights, Strengthen community based advocacy and activism around human rights and justice, Providing intervention, mediation, and support for young women and girls affected by child marriage; facilitating dialogues between community, families and leaders.

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women and girls. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, and justice continues. 

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Oct 14, 2019

Unveiling The Hidden Women Potential

Mary
Mary

Mary, aged 32, has 5 children and is a primary seven drop-out. “Before receiving training from VacNet, she says, “I was not doing any business but was depending on my husband for everything. I would endure all the harsh words from my husband in order to survive. We briefly separated because I could not sustain the stress in our marriage.” As I was passing through Layibi market I mate a group of women sitting together and sharing, also they were pulling their repayments and recording them in a book. their chairperson came to inform them about business-related training. I got interested and inquired if they can allow me to attend training with them, they accepted me. In that training, I learnt three critical issues that have enabled me to start and grow my business: diversification of business; how people have the same brain, ability and time; and how to save and invest. After the training, I requested a microloan of UGX 150,000 which I used to open and planted one acre of maize while at the same time brewing local alcohol to support my farming activity.

Client Quote:-

"Using my savings and proceeds from agriculture, I was able to buy two cows at UGX550,000 and UGX750,000. I have grown my herd to eight and currently sells milk to my community to supplement my income. I save with the group. My savings have been progressing from UGX111,000 in 2017, then UGX600,000 in 2019, to the current UGX800,000. I continued brewing for school fees for MY children amounting to UGX280,000 per term (S.4). I also buy cassava and sell it in the local market and have added five turkeys which I'm rearing". -----Mary

Mary boasts of having 3 meals per day, which never used to happen; buying 5 mattresses, a bicycle, all children are in school and increasing capital and assets. She encourages other women to join VacNet to be given the same skills such that they can be like her. She advises women to think of getting knowledge, not money. Women should also cooperate with others to be able to realize development.

“I feel confident and more open minded to opportunities coming my way”

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women and. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity and justice continues. 

Mary with her keeping animals
Mary with her keeping animals

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