Feb 22, 2021

Project update

Following the previous meeting, the school management, parent and teachers association contriuted about $920 for the bricks; how ever the challenging part is the soil texture of the site that desires alot of gravels and iron bars to set up the foundation, this has increased the budget by 12%. The District and Sub county will provide technical support like monitoring and supervision from the district engineer office. The fund collected through this crowdfunding has been held in a community account unit.

The VIP latrine is now on completion level we shall yet post the photos here by soon to show the uilding progress. and also attach the MoU with the district as per the development of the school

Through very generous donations through GlobalGiving we shall be able to begin theconstruction of the classroom block - the Latrine construction was started yet to be complmented. The floods in the place have halted construction when the land dries we shall surely resume the construction and laying of the foundation of the classroom block

Help us to help make the poorest of the poor to the best educated of all!!! We are all making the difference between lives in the wicked wheel of poverty - and the glorious freedom of choice for children who would never be able to make choices without a solid basis of health, education, and welfare!!!

Your donations - large or small - are so very appreciated.

Thank you  so much, #StaySafe in this #COVID-19 period ,be filled with love, light, friends, and family!

Jan 25, 2021

Child marriage a troubling picture

Covid-19 has united the world in an incredibly unique way. While it is true that everyone has struggled with the fallout of this global pandemic, it has had more serious consequences on some of the most vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, adolescent girls have been among the most adversely affected and for some, life has become downright dangerous.

In Uganda, as with many other countries around the world, Covid-19 has resulted in an increased rate of teenage pregnancy. In order to gain basic necessities like sanitary towels, girls have engaged in transactional sex with men who take advantage of their need for money. 

“Having been impregnated, this has not only ruined my future but also the trust that my parents had in me,” says Jane, who is facing a pregnancy at just 14 years old. Now, she finds herself out of school and afraid for her future. 

Jane is not alone. In the Kitgum, Ngora, Kyegegwa, Kases and Lyantonde districts of Uganda, close to where Art of a Child operates, there have been more than 2,372 teenage pregnancies during this lockdown. Adding to the burden, many girls are left without a partner and find themselves having to be the breadwinners of their families. 

Teenage pregnancies, among other risk factors, are adding to the number of girls who are not in school. Even before Covid-19, there were 98 million adolescent girls worldwide who were not in school and research suggests the pandemic could add an additional 20 million. 

Incidence of early-childhood marriage is also on the rise as poverty caused by the pandemic has forced families to marry off their daughters to help alleviate financial burdens. In Uganda, at least 128 school-age girls have been married off in the Kyegegwa, Rakai, Kamira Sub-county, Luweero District alone.

In addition to early marriage, many girls are also having to enter the workforce at a young age to help provide for their families. In some communities, girls are also forced to take on much of the domestic work at home, keeping them from seeing their friends and joining community-building activities. When schools reopen, many of these girls will not go back.

It should be noted that Covid-19 has also resulted in a secondary health crisis in Uganda. In some communities, girls have tried to remove their unborn babies themselves to terminate their pregnancies. They are also at increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. 

The pandemic has also resulted in limited access to health services for girls and prescription medication has been very limited. And, the effects on girls’ mental health is equally as troubling. Without their support systems, many girls have no outlet for the stress they are feeling during this devastating time. 

“These numbers are heartbreaking. As an organization, we are moving into the rural areas now [to engage girls],” says Global G.L.O.W. partnership coordinator Susan Tusabe. “We need to do more.” 

 

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you’re in good spirits and health! Right now, we’re doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our community. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our community needs us and we need you. If you’re able, please make a donation to provide emergency and preventive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our Girls empowerment programme at: Protect 3,200 Girls From Child Marriage in Uganda; sponsor some of our change champions for skilling programs.

If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us! by providing us with releive items such us, hande sanitizers, gloves, veronica buckets for routine hand washing, nose maks for our girls.

You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us. In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible and we feel privileged that you selected our project to support out of so many wonderful causes.

By adding your donation, you've become a part of our community of supporters and we're thrilled to have you on the team. We'll send you an update through GlobalGiving three or four times a year to tell you about the impact you've made.

We'll explain what work we've accomplished and hopefully have some great photos to share! Please consider telling your friends and family about our project. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization will help us increase the work we can do in our community.

Testimony

"I’m a member of a girls’ parliament. Thanks to the program, I am able to help raise awareness about child marriage and listen to and support my friends who are at risk of child marriage. I connect them with the Debout Fille center. Girls participate in our parliament club meetings with their friends and are able to share their experiences."
– Patricia sexual violence suviour

Jan 19, 2021

Project update

The current political situation in the country after the general elections. We feel unsafe and insecure because the gross violation of human rights by the ruling regime and there is no hope for anything better than the past. We are not going underground but we must use a low profile to avoid any confrontation by the law enforcers.

We are also using this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to you all for standing with us since the beginning of this year and during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 Pandemic. This year was the most difficult year for our organization and the LGBT community at large. We remained active and worked hard to protect, defend and promote LGBT rights but we were also forced to reduce or drop some of our services due to lack of funding.

With your support our offices remained open though we could not hold our monthly meetings but we still had our emergency services to the needy LGBT individuals run smoothly, it is during this time when we became aware of the importance of mutual aid and community care to the LGBT community and the situation helped push us to get more involved in health related advocacy with the aim of defending, promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT rights as  we now emphasize that there should be an inclusive response to pandemics to help alleviate the danger posed to vulnerable LGBT communities because of discrimination against and criminalization.

Due to COVID-19 and the financial constraints we were unable to reg our project aims to better anticipate, pre-empt and counter resistance and backlash and develop taxonomy of resistance and backlash and to develop a report addressing different forms of resistance and backlash and counter tactics. We hope to implement the final stage early next year.

But we were able to document cases of Homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people and learned that members of the LGBT community experienced higher levels of physical, sexual, and emotional violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Experiences range from being forced to go and stay with family that are homo-,lesbo-, or trans-phobic, to being denied food, or a place to stay, suffering abusive behavior, insecure accommodation arrangements also forced many LGBT people to move in with haters because of the lack of alternative places to stay. The social discrimination, which had placed such people in a precarious position prior to the COVID-19 crisis, has seen them put under even more severe stress during the pandemic. These taught us that it is the LGBT community itself and the allies that can provide support to this lonely community

That is why we still need your generosity to empower LGBT persons, and include them in finding solutions to their needs. Pushing our government to incorporate gender considerations into national responses to Pandemics is slow and need more efforts, but we promise to continue working hard to achieve it.

In thisproject aim aim to train 25 LGBT activist to equip them with skills and the knowledge required so that they can understand how to advocate in their own communitiesand informing policymakers and politicians about inclusiveness and effective participation. They should also become trainers at district level.

Even with technology we are unable to use a digital space to serve more LGBT individuals who need counseling, emergency and support for trauma recovery, the general planning and administration so there is still a need for safe space and subscriptions for virtual spaces

We urgently need some extra funding because of additional challenges caused by COVID-19 Pandemic because now our budgeting is a real challenge; the organization is run on a shoestring so we are not even securing enough to cover administrative costs, which means it will be more difficult to implement our projects, kindly consider making any amount so that we can reach our goal and continue serving the LGBT community.

 

 
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