Feb 27, 2021

Pandemic is destroying girls' health and lives

In the current state of global chaos around the COVID-19 crisis, the impact on girls and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is not making any headlines. But the reality is that the crisis will have a truly devasting impact on the futures of millions of girls and young women.

“We are staring down the barrel of an extremely serious and widespread health emergency for girls and young women which will have long-term implications for their futures"

“Girls and young women faced considerable challenges in accessing essential health information and services even before the crisis. Now, amid a pandemic that is straining even the strongest healthcare systems, there is a real risk that sexual and reproductive health and rights will be deprioritised, with devastating consequences.

School closures and lockdown measures are leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and female genital mutilation are predicted to soar. Girls and young women will die because they cannot access vital sexual and reproductive health information and services. 

We know from past epidemics that a lack of access to essential health services due to a shutdown of services can ultimately cause more deaths than the epidemic itself.

Girls and young women faced significant barriers in accessing essential sexual and reproductive health information and services before the COVID-19 crisis. Now, amid a pandemic that is straining even the most robust of healthcare systems, there is a real risk that these rights will move even further from reach.  

With lockdown leading to a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence – and rates of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and FGM predicted to increase exponentially – information and services that protect and promote girls’ and young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are more vital than ever.

The project aims to enhance awareness of reproductive health rights, services to adolescent girls & young women to undertake intensive educational activities on the use of modern contraceptives to protect against STIs, unwanted pregnancies among 600 women 2600 in-out of school girls in Arapai sub-county Soroti district  using youth friendly services, Rights Based approach, focus groups, Adult-centered learning, Peer-to-Peer, Outreaches, table talks, Film & Health Education Talks.

Increased access, use of antenatal and postnatal services by 20% & the number of youths receiving SRH services increase by 15% by Dec 2021. Created and strengthened a multi-stakeholder local platform, referral network to advance dissemination of information & access to SRH services by the end of the project. The sustainability is guaranteed as the project will use already existing structures in the communities, build the capacity of the community to sustain the services provided by this project.

You can help to consolidate reproductive health knowledge among rural communities targeting adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to support demystification of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) myths, misconceptions, increase awareness of SRHR.

Your support is key in solving this problem.Would you consider donating one-time gift of $100 or Monthly gift of $25 to help us to increase awareness of SRHR targeting AGYWs?

Your donation will have an impact on 3200 adolescent girls and young women and will be used to increase awareness of SRHR. Focusing on Family Planning, STIs, antenatal & postnatal services, use of modern contraceptives for dual protection against STIs & unwanted pregnancies among 3200 AGYW.

#StaySafe #COVID-19

Feb 27, 2021

Skilling Brings Financial Independence to Grils

Ugandan President Museveni has extended the lockdown on multiple occasions but begins to ease measures. Uganda has had one of the strictest lockdowns in Africa with only essential businesses functioning, dusk-to-dawn curfews, and bans on transportation. While the lockdown was extended, it will begin to ease as businesses including hardware shops, restaurants, wholesale stores, and others will be allowed to reopen.

Around the world, over 243 million women and girls have been subjected to sexual or physical violence in the last 12 months. SCOEN has been providing trainings against domestic violence throughout the pandemic. In their discussions with the women they work with, they have found that none of their members has been abused during the lockdown due to the education they have provided in how to respond accordingly to a situation and their economic empowerment in being able to support themselves.

However there is a need to skilling these girls. SCOEN through this project where young women especially the teenage mothers obtain practical & marketable skills training, so that they can participate in the social & economic development of the community and bring about the change that is desperately needed to fight the prevailing extreme poverty. The project is in line with the Government's Vision 2040, Specifically, it supports the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2011-2020 "Skilling Uganda." Moreover, it conforms to the SDG4.

Currently SCOEN has register 15 girls in tailoring, one for welding & metal fabrication; and have made MoUs with 2 skilling centres in the rural Bukedea.

We are so grateful toGlobalGiving and the suppoters through our project Girls Parliament to end child marriage in Uganda for their willingness to partner with us. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude to the whole team and especially to Beyond Our Borders - The Women's Foundation of Colorado for funds. We look forward to sharing the outcomes of the Project over the next few months

Feb 25, 2021

project update o ECD

COVID -19 threat is there but early childhood education has been put on hold by the government of Uganda.  Other school ensures the implementation Provincial Government’s SOP to provide the safe environment. To ensure the social distance, the students are divided into two equal groups. A group of students who comes today will be at leave on next day and second group will come next day. Under the guidelines of WHO, IEC material is displayed in the school and students are sensitized about the SOPs to keep under consideration. Written guidelines were also sent to the homes of school to aware the other family members of the student about guidelines to keep the whole family safe from Corona virus. This is very encouraging that not a single person is declared Covid-19 positive. 

Though the village is safe but COVID-19 second wave is more severe and record positive cases across the country are reported on daily basis. Government recommended early winter vacations in the schools. The ECD schools are closed upt to date.

We are looking forward to finishing the development centre by constructing, currently we have got bricks in place with lake sand. we rely on the support from the generous givers like you to do this work!

With vocational studies we have currently enroled 7 children to a nearby training centre for out centre is not establish  and doesnot meet the government guidlines on COVID-19 SOPs.

We still ask for you support and help!

 
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