May 28, 2020

Viola's Drive to Move forward during Lockdown!

Viola making a cooking stove to sell
Viola making a cooking stove to sell

Voila is among the young girls who have, through the course of time, benefited from Act4Africa weekly Health, Education and Livelihood sessions.

In her words Viola says: “I cannot be more thankful to Act4Africa, for the industrious/entrepreneurial skills that are helping me navigate life through these tough and turbulent times.

“It is almost equated to a taboo in my community, being at my age with a child and I happen not be married as yet. It is my decision however, to aspire for a better and good future.”

These were some of the statements made by Viola, during our short visit to her home to get to know of how she has been managing to cope with life, ever since government announced the lock down.   

“With the many challenges notwithstanding, this season has kept my mind so focused and innovative in creating and finding opportunities that can earn me and my relatives a livelihood, owing to the entrepreneurial skills that I attained from Act4Africa.

“On top of selling the vegetables from my backyard garden and tailoring, I have also learnt how make clay stoves that I plan to sell during and after this lock-down season.”

Such is the story of Viola a young and determined girl on the quest to achieve her aspirations.

Thanks to your support, we are delighted that our Ugandan Girls Thrive project has gained a prized place on the GlobalGiving 2020 Girl Fund. With this regular funding from GlobalGiving throughout 2020, we will be able to continue supporting girls like Viola. With your support, they will not only survive this challenging time, they will reach for their goals as well!  

A completed stove being used in Viola's home
A completed stove being used in Viola's home

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Mar 13, 2020

Changing lives and helping dreams come true.

Yolesi with the liquid soap she produces.
Yolesi with the liquid soap she produces.

Yolesi (25) from Kasese District, Western Uganda, is one of our many young women who have been positively transformed both socially and economically through trainings under our project 'Ugandan Girls Thrive'. She tells us how she now enjoys an independent lifestyle without looking to men as a source of income.

“I dropped out of school due to lack of fees after the death of my father who was solely responsible for paying my school dues from a small business of shop keeping in our village.”

Yolese, a once miserable young girl, started seeing light for an improved lifestyle after attending Act4Africa workshops and life skills programs.

“I was empowered and equipped with skills of beading and later liquid soap making in my group which has transformed my life as a young woman.”

Yolesi told us, “After stopping schooling, I sat at home and would do farm and domestic work with my mother. As a young girl I lacked several things to make me look like other able girls in the village. My mother could not manage to provide for me or my other young siblings at home.

Being home all the time exposed me to many men whom I looked at as an alternative way of getting small money to buy myself basic needs as a girl. This was the only way out for my situation. I did all this in ‘total darkness’ because I never thought of the consequences of having multiple men, I never thought of HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and other STDs because I was not aware. I was so exposed, every day I placed my life to risk of being infected with HIV or becoming pregnant and facing isolation and rejection.”

“The trainings on HIV/AIDS knowledge and other sexual reproductive health information greatly opened my mind as a young girl. The enterprise and financial literacy knowledge encouraged me and others to form a small village savings group. With some of the savings, we hired a local entrepreneur to train us on how to make liquid soap. This later became the turning point in my economic status.”

“I saved my little profit share from the group business and later requested a loan from the same group, which I used to start up my own liquid soap making business with my mother. It is now the base of our financial status at home and my young siblings school fees are paid from the income we earn.”

“My big dream is to produce liquid soap in large quantities and supply schools and markets around my sub-county and beyond. All this would not be possible if Act4Africa had not come, with this life-changing program, to my village. I would be having many children and married by now because of being desperate and having nothing productive to do.”

Yolesi ended her story with heartfelt appreciations: “Thank you to Act4Africa and all those who support them. I wish you come back again to train many more girls such that we can live an empowered and independent life as young girls and not be trapped in poverty by men.”

Thank you for your donations to the 'Ugandan Girls Thrive' project. Please share Yolesi’s story with others.

Act4Africa is competing for a place on the GlobalGiving Girl Fund. Help us make our way up the leader board by donating to this project on or before 13th March. If successful the funds received will allow us to put up to 45 adolescent girls through our comprehensive training programme, empowering and enabling them to take control of their future just like Yolesi.

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Mar 10, 2020

International Women's Day: Meet Violet from Uganda

Violet in her backyard garden
Violet in her backyard garden

“You cannot change your past but you can influence your future.”

This is the motto that has fueled Violent (18), a beneficiary on Act4Africa’s Adolescent Mothers training program at Kathy's Centre, Eastern Uganda.  This International Women's Day we bring you her story of determination and aspiration.

“Having lost both parents at very a tender age, I felt like the world had closed in on me; with all my hope gone and future seemingly cut.  Indeed their death meant an end to my education while I was just 14 years, as none of my close relatives could carry on paying for my school fees as my parents did.

“My life became so miserable. As is the common norm for most young girls in my community, there was pressure for me to marry, since I had already dropped out of school; something that I almost gave into. However, I saw the troubles and miserable life that teenage girls in my community go through, as a result of being married off at an early age, and this gave me a change of mind.

“My determination in refusing to marry at an early age did no go down well with some of my relatives,  as they felt it was a denied opportunity for them to gain materially from the would be in-laws, as the custom is in our tradition.

“However, living in a community where in every 10 homesteads you find 5 are teenage mothers, I have many teenage mother friends.  They luckily introduced me to the weekly health education, entrepreneurship and skilling program that Act4Africa runs for young adolescent mothers.

“I was excited to be part of this weekly program, as it rekindled my once childhood aspirations, that had faded, of becoming a powerful businesswoman in this community of Mayuge.

“The entrepreneurship skills offered during the weekly session have enabled me set up a backyard vegetable garden and once the vegetables are grown, I will be in position to sell and earn.

“I am surely grateful for this opportunity, that has helped unlock and discover the hidden potential in me.”

Act4Africa is competing for a place on the GlobalGiving Girl Fund. Help us make our way up the leader board by donating to this project on or before 13th March. If successful the funds received will allow us to put upto 45 adolescent mothers through our comprehensive training programme at Kathy's Centre, empowering and enabling them to take control of their future just like Violet.

Violet's vegetable garden
Violet's vegetable garden
Violet tends her garden
Violet tends her garden
Violet makes books to gain an income to invest.
Violet makes books to gain an income to invest.

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