The project aims to contribute towards mitigating the vice of child or early marriages & its negative consequences through effective grassroots intervention activities. In Uganda whose demographics is largely composed of a relatively young population (75%), the rising tendencies towards child marriage poses grave concerns. The project therefore proposes to engage in curbing the vice by systematically carrying out a number of activities at the grassroots community level & monitor effectiveness.
Child marriage practice violates rights of children and curtails pursuit of fundamental education of especially the girl child. It poses health risks to the victims in terms of decease infections such as STIs, HIV/AIDS exposure, risks of child birth at tender age etc. This vice further violates social norms and values bringing along massive economic challenges. It limits opportunities of the young people to advance their carrier developments for a prosperous future.
Intervention activities to be systematically implemented will include baseline survey, stakeholders workshops, community sensitization and awareness campaigns, school targeted programs, and training & demonstration for family engagement in various income generating activities (IGAs). It is hoped that after these activities are implemented, the productive capacities & income of the grassroots community will increase, reducing poverty with improved welfare & values therby reducing the vice.
Indirectly, all Ugandan people will benefit through increased awareness & understanding of the negative impact of child marriage. But more specifically, household at community level will be more directly impacted in terms of boosted productive capacity, income and improved welfare. At the same time government agencies & other organizations will be apprised of alternative community-driven model showcased by this project which can be widely replicated. Uganda's economic development will be boosted