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Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls

by Joy for Children-Uganda
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls
Delay Marriage Promote Schooling for Ugandan Girls

The campaign to end child marriage in Uganda is still on and we are Accelerating progress because we know the importance that comes with empowering girls to realize their full potential.


On June 12th we coordinated a policy advocacy meeting with different stakeholders including members of Parliament, Religious leaders, partners from Ministry of Gender Lbour and Social development and Minisrty of Education and sports and other CSOs to share the road map and how to front the agenda for children especially the Girl Child. We recognize the fact that many girls are currently exposed to abuse as schools remain closed due to Covidpandemic, but we also call upon all stakeholders to play their roles in protecting girls.
A lot is happening as a result of closing schools and girls are confined in homes with their tormentors, teenage pregnancies have been on the rise, violence against children.
Great appreciation to Girls Not Brides globalfor their continued support.

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As the world is dealing with the effects of the corona virus socially and economically, so is Uganda, The country has 160 confirmed cases of the virus, 66 recoveries, and zero fatalities. Covid-19 has not only affected the health sector of the country but all sectors have been affected this because the virus spreads so fast and its airborne, leaving the president with no choice but to put the country under a complete lockdown coming close to two months now. This has had its both negative and positive effects on everyone but the concern is mainly on the vulnerable girls and children whose families have not been able to afford and offer basic needs.

The country has registered increased number of domestic violence cases in families, this is majorly attributed to many women tormented behind the lock down and they are not able to report such unjust circumstances. Children especially the girls are also stuck at home and in the villages with their tormentors.

“Since he had been going out with other women, I requested that we do an HIV test which he rejected. On the day the president announced a 14 day lockdown, late in the night he crept in, held my mouth tight and took advantage of me,”.

Nakawunde Farida(not real name)a mother of five and resident of Kalangala village, Bagezza sub-county, in Mubende district recently called the Action Aid Uganda helpline crying as of New vision 20th April 2020.

Many young people are confined in their homes with their abusers and these are the people they are close to for example fathers, uncles, brothers and other relatives .Women on the other hand have become breadwinners for the families surviving on the little savings they had since some men have resorted to drinking and neglecting the families. Girls have not been able to access menstrual hygiene materials, young children are being affected by malnutrition and hunger since Households are not able to provide basic needs.

The government of Uganda under the office of the Prime Minister donated food stuffs to the most vulnerable households in the slums of kampala. However, this is not sustainable as the country is still under a lockdown and the food provided was not enough.

We humbly appeal to our dear donors to please donate to this cause, we plan to feed 100 families in the slums of Katanga and kamokya in kampala.25 kgs for maize flour and 20 kgs of dry beans can feed a household of five occupants for a month.

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Women in our saving groups at Joy for Children-Uganda,acting on corona virus prevention,infection and sread recommendations and guidelines.

The women and children in the slum communities of kampala where we have two projects have been told about and trained about the ways in which the deadly Covid-19 can be avoided,these  among others are:

  • Washing hands with warm soapy water before touching anything.
  • Practising social distancing.
  • Maintaing personal hygiene.
  • Sanitising hands and places of convinience.
  • Looking out for the signs which normally present in cough,flu,and fever and calling the toll free numbers of Ministry of health incase of any suspected cases of the virus.

Unfortunatley,we will not continue carrying out our field activities until the 30 days ban elapse.

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We are SO EXCITED to announce that since starting our 2020 campaign we've managed to exceed our expectations and get 21 more children to school! Children are now in school and we just calculated that through Joy for Childern Sponsorship programme, we sent  77 children to school this year which is AWESOME !

Thank you soooo much to so many of you who supported this campaign and thank you to the wonderfu Donnors who have contributed graetly to this cause to see that no child is left behind.

The children on our sppnsorship programme have been busy bees writing letters and cards to their sponsors. They are also back at school now.
As you know, we were trying to get more 20 children supported by the end of 2020 and we missed this goal by just 2 children. Do you think you could sponsor a child? $16 a month to support a childs education. To change a life! Knowing that the money is going directly to benefit the child that you are sponsoring!

2020 is going to be an amazing year!!

THANK YOU

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We are glad to have organised and hosted the 2nd national girl summit on the 26th and 27th november 2019 in Kampala,Uganda under the theme" Securing Uganda`s Future: Support the girl child to live to her full potential." The main objective of the summit was to high light the successful actions taken by government and other stake holders after the first national summit,and promote more discussions on ending child marriage and teenage pregnancy.

The executive director Joy for Children, Mr Ntenga Moses welcomed members and stressed the partnership of civil society organisations to work together so as to achieve more,he highligted that in Uganda:720 million of the married women before they are ready,15 million girls are married every year an equivalent of an entire human population of Mali.Among the East African community countries,Rwanda has the least cases of child marriages at 5% and South Sudan with the higest at 52%.He called upon participants and all stakeholders to gather information and ideas that can be intergrated in the national strategy to end child marriage.

Some of the take aways from the summit:

  • The role of boys and men in ending child marriage should be emphasised.
  • young girls should be empowered to keep in school.
  • The campaign to end child marriage should be everyones responsibility.
  • There is need to walk the talk,let the campaign cover the whole country.
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