By Muwanguzi Jonathan - Assistant Project Coordinator
Some of the teenage mothers cutting the Christmas cake.
Being a parent no matter the age or situation in life, the birth of a child or children brings brand new responsibilities and a greater demand for time, energy, money and relationships. For teenage parents, often the cost can be greater than those who choose to have their children later in life. Most times teenage girls suffer the consequences of becoming parents in the teenage stage because the men deny to take responsibility as fathers. Teenage pregnancy and being a teenage mother often has a negative impact on the future of the teenager because the teenage mother is less likely to complete school, are at risk of domestic violence since they get into unwanted marriages, face isolation by their peers; some are looked at as a disgrace among their families, experience fear, anger, shock and depression. Looking at these negative consequences, the esteem and future of a teenage mother is largely affected and are more likely to live in poverty which affects their children as well.
On the left are some of the gifts being packed and on the right is one of the teenage mothers receiving her package.
Another Hope Children’s Ministries (AHCM) decided to bring a smile on teenage mothers in Lukwanga and Bukasa parishes by organizing a Christmas party for them on 14th/12/2019 at AHCM premises and the main reason was to build the esteem of the teenage mothers and finding out other ways of supporting them in the community. A total of ninety teenage mothers and pregnant girls were served and among the activities carried out were motivational talks, celebrating their birthdays, celebrating their children’s birthdays for those who had birth dates in December and a baby shower for the ones who were pregnant. We had a Christmas cake for them and special packages which included a variety of items for each of them. This was a special day because it was successful and the targeted group of the ninety teenage mothers was so happy because it made them feel loved, important and their esteem was built again. We also got to know other ways of supporting them like through vocational education because many of them wanted to go back to study but had no opportunity. Special thanks to GlobalGiving and other partners for working with us to see that the project is successful.
One of the beneficiaries is an 18years old girl, a resident of Kkona-West village with one child. She finished her senior four and her parents ran short of funds to take her back to school to continue with her studies. She dropped out of school and stayed home. This is when she was deceived by a man who impregnated her and fled. This made her parents angry who neglected her and this left her hopeless. She thought of aborting her child but changed her mind and decided to carry the pregnancy till birth. Her peers shunned her and she felt unwanted in the home and the entire community. She apologized to her parents who took her back but her self-esteem was low from that time and never felt she was important anymore before she came for the Christmas party. 14th/12/2019 made a difference in her life after hearing from the motivational speakers and some of the stories her fellow teenage mothers shared were so touching which made her feel her life is better than some of them.
She also got a cake and it was a special gift because she wanted to celebrate her child’s birthday but had no money to afford a treat for her child. She also got to know about the opportunity to go back to school for vocational training which she believes will help facilitate the acquisition of critical skills which will help empower her economically if she could grab it. She is so happy that day happened and thanks all who made sure it happens.
By Muwanguzi Jonathan - Assistant Project Coordinator
Healthy homes promote good physical and mental health and good health can depend on having homes free and safe from physical hazards. Poor quality and inadequate housing contribute to health problems such as chronic diseases and injuries and it can have harmful effects on childhood development. Substandard housing such as water leaks, poor ventilation, mud floors and pest infestation due to lack of doors and windows can lead to an increase in mold, mites and other allergens associated with poor health.
A simple safe habitant can change everything for a family i.e. they are safe, healthy and hopeful for the future but some families with few financial resources are most likely to experience unhealthy housing and typically least able to remedy them, contributing to disparities in health across. Last year Another Hope Children’s Ministries under the safe habitant project supported the family of a grandmother and her seven grandchildren with refurbishing her house and the family lives in a better shelter, feeling more safe and secure. The project was concluded and the family is living happily in their house.
Achievements of the project
Story of one of the grandchildren
Living in a fully constructed house is a dream come true. Since his childhood, together with siblings and their grandmother lived in a house which was not fully constructed missing some doors and windows, halls in walls and a leaking roof. It was tough to live in such a house because it exposed them to risks like acquiring asthma and pneumonia due to the cold since the windows never had glasses and some parts were not fixed. They house used to harbor mosquitos which exposed them to malaria and rats used to enter in the house which was unpleasant. He says they had lost unity with some of their family members like uncles because they were tired of us asking them to help us refurbish our house.
It was always a dream to live in a fully constructed house but we bless the lord for Another Hope Children’s Ministries and other partners for making this happen. Even when we dreamt of living in a better house, we never had any idea it will be this beautiful. We no longer have problems like too much coldness, mosquitos, rats coming into the house, the leaking roof and our family is united again. We are happier and feel safe and secure and all this happened through the safe habitant project. On behalf of my family and our grandmother, I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in the process of making our house a better place to live. We pray abundant blessings for you.
Art and craft play a big role in education because students become like themselves instead of more like everyone else. Utilizing multiple skills can allow a person to pursue more than one passion or interest because we don’t have to limit ourselves to one type of job or stay in the confines of our vocational training majors. With an aim of meeting the objective of equipping the young women with basic manual skills, art and craft was introduced at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design and the young women on the skilling program majoring in different courses like such as Tailoring and Fashion Design, Hair Dressing and Cosmetology and Early Childhood Development have been engaged to impart more skills in them. Items like doormats are made out of threads and old clothes and trash cans made out of newspapers and we are glad that young women have learned an extra skill in addition to their main course of study at the school. This has been of great benefit to them. They have become more creative and innovative, it has boosted their self-esteem and they are now more open to become entrepreneurs, not job seekers. Some of the young women have discovered talents in areas they didn’t know they were capable of and have got more hope because of the skills that they are acquiring.
The beneficiary is a young woman of 19 years a resident of Bujuuko - Bulamazi village and she stays with her mother. She stopped attending school in 2018 after she was done with her senior three and this was because her mother ran short of funds to meet her school dues and other requirements. She started selling snacks by the roadside and this was to help her earn some money to save and go back to school. When she got to know about the opportunity Another Hope Children’s Ministries had availed for skilling young women, she immediately applied and enrolled early this year 2019 to pursue a course in Tailoring and Fashion Design. She is so happy about the skills she has acquired in her course, in addition, the Art and Craft skills. She believes the art and craft skills she has learned like making beads, necklaces and trash cans out of newspapers will help her start up her own business and earn income