Grand Mother for Change Project Uganda

by Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)
Grand Mother for Change Project Uganda
Grand Mother for Change Project Uganda
Grand Mother for Change Project Uganda
Grand Mother for Change Project Uganda

This success offers several important lessons for future programs which aim to promote change in communities in favour of girls, boys, and women:

In African communities, elders have status and power over younger generations and determine the social norms that structure family and community life. When approached respectfully and through dialogue, elders are not automatically opposed to change.

Communities are more open and engaged with programs that adopt an approach in which positive roles, values and practices are encouraged and reinforced, while harmful ones are discouraged.

 

In the las 3 month we have been working to integrate positive cultural values into classrooms making schools more culturally relevant to children and families.

We have reached the following participants in the past three (03) months activities:

5 primary schools conducted sessions on values education with 599 students 6 storytelling sessions were organized in 4 community radios during the quarter, 1,851 community members participated in vacation activities 2 workshops were organized with the participation of 74 teachers

In the next quarter we look forward to strengthening the knowledge and confidence of community leaders and groups to prevent and solve problems on their own specifically child & forced marriages.

We intend to reach 646 grandmother leaders, 250 community leaders, 2,135 mothers, 3,000 young girls and 856 young boys 158 community members, including grandmothers, mothers, teachers, community and religious leaders and young girls and boys participated in 5 Intergenerational Forums.

Your support makes these types of pivots possible in our work, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 With gratitude,

 

SCOEN TEAM

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Dear GlobalGivers,

Happy new year! We are now breathing the hopeful air of 2022. You are part of this story and this hope. So many of you gave us new donations in the last few weeks, we are profoundly grateful.

In the fewa months we have been identifying grandmother leaders, providing them with tools and training, and strengthening intergenerational relationships, the project works to improve educational opportunities for children, create inclusive nutrition and health programs, and encourage sustainable development.

We are in a uniquely difficult moment. Covid-19 has changed the personal, family and professional dynamics for all of us across the world. And one of the overlooked impacts of this crisis is violence against women.

Violence against women increases in every crisis. Today, 139 women and girls around the world are killed every day. Home, where officials are urging us to stay, can be the most dangerous place for many. During this time of unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19, our resolve has only strengthened. So while our staff are currently following the SOPs, they are also hard at work preparing for our next phase of field work to protect the rights and safety of girls.

Your support makes these types of pivots possible in our work, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

With gratitude,

 

SCOEN Team

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The project approach builds on community knowledge, experience, empowers communities to promote positive change for the benefit of all. Grandmothers have great influence on their families; experience & wisdom is respected; are culturally responsible for socializing adolescent girls & make lasting changes.

“A house without a grandmother is like a road that goes nowhere.” –Senegalese proverb. We see culture as a unique and dynamic tool for improving communities. This promising practice has collaborated with our strategy to implement programs engaging a long-standing community resource: grandmothers. By identifying grandmother leaders, providing them with tools and training, and strengthening intergenerational relationships, the project works to improve educational opportunities for children, create inclusive nutrition and health programs, and encourage sustainable development.

Young and adolescent girls face various constraints related to female genital mutilation (FGM), early/forced marriage, teen pregnancy and opportunities for formal schooling. This is a unique opportunity to connect two generations while seeking an indigenous solution to the challenges faced by this community. This program reaffirms the status of the grandmothers in the community and the extended family.

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“A house without a grandmother is like a road that goes nowhere.” –Senegalese proverb. We see culture as a unique and dynamic tool for improving communities.  This promising practice has collaborated with our strategy to implement programs engaging a long-standing community resource: grandmothers.  By identifying grandmother leaders, providing them with tools and training, and strengthening intergenerational relationships, the project works to improve educational opportunities for children, create inclusive nutrition and health programs, and encourage sustainable development.

With you generous gifts we have been able to provide emergency fnutrition supplies to the children and families especially grand mother headed families. Each family received enough rice, maize flour, and beans for at least thirty meals, along with a generous supply of soap.

One of the families this supported has six children, and five of them have sickle cell elderst girl pregnant at 15 years. “Before we visited them, the father was on the verge of abandoning the family. we were able to calm his fears with the gift of these supplies, and also educate him on how to manage the disease. He did not know much of what we shared with him, and he reunited with his wife and children . This was like a miracle to us! that the grand mother was releaved from much domestic load.

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The current political situation in the country after the general elections. We feel unsafe and insecure because the gross violation of human rights by the ruling regime and there is no hope for anything better than the past. We are not going underground but we must use a low profile to avoid any confrontation by the law enforcers.

We are also using this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to you all for standing with us since the beginning of this year and during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 Pandemic. This year was the most difficult year for our organization and the LGBT community at large. We remained active and worked hard to protect, defend and promote LGBT rights but we were also forced to reduce or drop some of our services due to lack of funding.

With your support our offices remained open though we could not hold our monthly meetings but we still had our emergency services to the needy LGBT individuals run smoothly, it is during this time when we became aware of the importance of mutual aid and community care to the LGBT community and the situation helped push us to get more involved in health related advocacy with the aim of defending, promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT rights as  we now emphasize that there should be an inclusive response to pandemics to help alleviate the danger posed to vulnerable LGBT communities because of discrimination against and criminalization.

Due to COVID-19 and the financial constraints we were unable to reg our project aims to better anticipate, pre-empt and counter resistance and backlash and develop taxonomy of resistance and backlash and to develop a report addressing different forms of resistance and backlash and counter tactics. We hope to implement the final stage early next year.

But we were able to document cases of Homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people and learned that members of the LGBT community experienced higher levels of physical, sexual, and emotional violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Experiences range from being forced to go and stay with family that are homo-,lesbo-, or trans-phobic, to being denied food, or a place to stay, suffering abusive behavior, insecure accommodation arrangements also forced many LGBT people to move in with haters because of the lack of alternative places to stay. The social discrimination, which had placed such people in a precarious position prior to the COVID-19 crisis, has seen them put under even more severe stress during the pandemic. These taught us that it is the LGBT community itself and the allies that can provide support to this lonely community

That is why we still need your generosity to empower LGBT persons, and include them in finding solutions to their needs. Pushing our government to incorporate gender considerations into national responses to Pandemics is slow and need more efforts, but we promise to continue working hard to achieve it.

In thisproject aim aim to train 25 LGBT activist to equip them with skills and the knowledge required so that they can understand how to advocate in their own communitiesand informing policymakers and politicians about inclusiveness and effective participation. They should also become trainers at district level.

Even with technology we are unable to use a digital space to serve more LGBT individuals who need counseling, emergency and support for trauma recovery, the general planning and administration so there is still a need for safe space and subscriptions for virtual spaces

We urgently need some extra funding because of additional challenges caused by COVID-19 Pandemic because now our budgeting is a real challenge; the organization is run on a shoestring so we are not even securing enough to cover administrative costs, which means it will be more difficult to implement our projects, kindly consider making any amount so that we can reach our goal and continue serving the LGBT community.

 

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Share Child Opportunity Eastern and Northen Uganda (SCOEN)

Location: Soroti, Eastern Uganda - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Mallorie Espinar
Mbale, Uganda
$464 raised of $10,135 goal
 
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