Orphaned girls are especially vulnerable. Girls are often forced into relationships with older men, sometimes as second or third wives. Others become sex workers, having no other source of income with which to care for younger siblings. Practices such as female genital mutilation, polygamy, and early marriage are prevalent in Uganda. UMOP takes in three girls to every two boys believing that to educate and empower a girl will empower the nation.
The goal of the project is to build a girls dormitory. Currently, the girls are vulnerable due to the location of the school near an industrial site.
Safe & healthy living conditions will help girls to: resist sexual exploitation, stay in school, build healthier families & communities, access to reproductive education, contraception, & AIDS education.