Jan 29, 2016

DELAY MARRIAGE PROMOTE EDUCATION FOR UGANDAN GIRLS

Uganda falls among the 15 worst African countries with high numbers of child bribes. Nearly half (46%) of girls are married by 18, and 12% are married by age 15. If we are to enable the adolescent girls of this and the next generation to live up to their potential, we must end the practice of child marriage and support married girls to be all that they can be.

 Joy for Children –Uganda with funding from Global Giving (online crowd funding platform) is implementing a project dubbed; Delay Marriage, Promote Schooling for Girls in Uganda aimed at eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage. The project activities include; dissemination of learning materials, assist local leaders to develop action plans to end child marriage, conduct community dialogues and   raising awareness, changing behavior and empowering communities with the Knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights.

From the engagement with local governments leader of butaleja district a number of action were commited by the leaders. Among others include the following in summary;

The finance officer mentioned that leaders should not look at Non-Government Organizations as sources of funds for the problems that are faced in the area. He urged that Government should work hand in hand with the organizations. He made commitment of saving a percentage of the district revenues handling child marriage cases in the district.

The religious leader of Butaleja district Sheik Mukawa Swaibu made a commitment to talk about child marriage and how it can be reduced in Butaleja during their prayer time.

The District Police Commander of Butaleja made a commitment to work with the organization and also handle child marriage cases without tolerating any bribery from the community so that the issue is solved.

The Rev. George Kyampwine also made a commitment to preach the gospel of ending child marriage in Butaleja during church masses and after the mass so that the community gets to know that child marriage is a bad for the community.   

NB: Full report and photos are attached. 

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Sep 14, 2015

Delay Marriage Promote Schooling August 2015

Joy for Children –Uganda through Global Giving is implementing a project to eradicate the harmful practice of child marriage through raising awareness, changing behaviour and empowering communities with the knowledge and tools needed to resist child marriage. Promote the effective implementation of strong laws and policies with a bearing on children especially the girl child and promote the fulfilment of their human rights. Develop and implement human developmental activities such as capacity building and entrepreneurial programs that would mitigate the effects

 

The project campaigns to encourage girls and the community to delay marriage and promote schoolling especially for the girl child.

 

The activities being carried out include; provide girls with scholastic materials and sanitary towels to keep them in school, Print and disseminate learning materials on child marriage, Assist local leaders to develop action plans to prevent child marriages, Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage, linking the project with district and national level government policy changes through advocacy activities, Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials among others.

In this report, two major project activities are reported on;

a) Help people understand the risks and negative impacts of child marriage

b) Training, community dialogues and distribution of information, education and communication materials

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May 31, 2015

DELAY MARRIAGE PROMOTE SCHOOLING REPORT, MAY 2015

Since the beginning of the year, with your support we went ahead to prevent girls from becoming victims of child marriages as a result of customs prevalent in the rural area of Karangura sub county, Kabarole district. We held bought and gave out text books to girls in Kibwa and Mahyoro primary schools and held a planning meeting with community local leaders, police, and other key stakeholders in order to raise awareness and bring child marriage to an end. One of the key strategies was coming up a bi-law against child marriage.

 

We utilized the little resources, to buy books for children in two primary schools, created awareness, held meetings with local leaders and carried out follow up meeting with local leaders to end child marriages in Karangura Sub County. We also held radio talk shows on three fm radio stations of Jubilee fm, Hits fm, and Life fm to raise mass awareness throughout the district and beyond. Before this project, child marriage was considered a source of income to many families of girls, but the bi-law against marriage has created a lot of impact to girls. After being sensitized, we have received requests from other sub counties and neighbouring districts of Kyenjojo and Bundibugyo to scale up our activities to those places. The police, who otherwise looked the other way due lack of information, also took action, setting an example for those parents who despite receiving information insisted to allow marriages for their daughters. Since our involvement, the child marriages in the sub county have decreased.

 

This report highlights activities carried under the project entitled “Delay marriage, promote schooling for Ugandan girls” which is funded by GlobalGiving UK through the online fundraising. The activities included a follow meeting with the community leaders held at Karangura Sub county, Kabarole district.


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