At Nyaka schools, we’re making our girls a priority.
We’ve enlisted the unending support of their dear grandmothers. Through different training programs, we’ve been able to ensure that the grannies have the necessary tools and language to guide their granddaughters through these challenging years.
In Uganda, where access to sanitary napkins and reproductive health education are scarce or lacking altogether, young women are often left at a major disadvantage. Recent statistics state that 25% of adolescent girls become pregnant before the age of 19. That’s one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The implications of this can be devastating. Pregnant teens are often unable to complete secondary school, which diminishes their chances for future employment, and they’re also at a higher risk of maternal death.
Most recently, we had the honor of hosting Lorrie Lynn King, the Founder and Director of 50 cents. Period. Her work focuses on making sure young girls around the world have the supplies, facilities and education relating to menstruation.
Lorrie spent some time with us on the ground, interviewing our grandmothers about their concerns and insights as we all work to support their granddaughters. With her wonderful work, we have been further able to develop our reproductive health curriculum. Our grandmothers will be better equipped and empowered to instruct their granddaughters how to take care of and protect their bodies.
After visiting Nyaka, Lorrie left us with these words: “Nyaka School changes lives and empowers entire families and communities…it is truly a blessed, magical place.”
We are so thankful for Lorrie’s dedication to this cause and the lasting impact she’ll have on the women and girls in our community!
And we are so thankful for YOU, because every time YOU donate to our grannies, YOU’ve ensured a brighter future for them and their grandchildren.
From all of us over at Nyaka, we say THANK YOU again and again!
P.S. Mark your calendars! Global Giving will have their first matching day of the year on March 13th! Give a gift on that day and Global Giving will match it 30%! That's great news for everyone!
Lorrie's take on Nyaka