In response to the challenges that adolescent girls face living in poverty, Just Like My Child Foundation developed a replicable curriculum and system of delivery to empower girls with the tools they need to stay in school and avoid child marriage, disease, early pregnancy, and violence. Girls aged 10-14 are receiving 60+ hours of workshops, camp, and club sessions taught by local mentors in their primary schools and communities over the course of two years in central Uganda.
In the context of Uganda, sexual & gender based violence remains a serious human rights and public health issue. According to the Uganda Ministry of Gender, close to 70% of women have reported as having experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. As early as age 11, girls in the communities that the Girl Power Project serves face choices that will either lead them to a life of early marriage, childbirth and disease OR a life with education, economic independence and delayed marriage.
The Girl Power Project is a transformational program that targets girls in Uganda as they enter adolescence; the most vulnerable juncture of their lives. The project builds girls' positive self worth, and strengthens their critical decision-making skills in ways that empower them and steer them clear of vulnerable, life threatening situations. It cultivates girls who become bold enough to look you in the eye, strong enough to state their rights and free enough to lead their country forward.
The Girl Power Project will educate 100 girls to become mentors, allowing them to practice and share essential, life saving information and skills with an additional 10,000 girls within five schools, empowering the girls to reach their fullest potential while fostering community health promotion in a supportive environment. Each girl trained will carry with her valuable information for achieving a safe, healthy lifestyle and will continue to pass her knowledge to girls for generations to come.