GlobeMed at The George Washington University partners with Set Her Free, a non profit based out of Kampala, Uganda. Their mission is to empower young women of Uganda to lead live self-sustaining lives. SHF does this by providing a safe environment, education, and rehabilitation services. Currently, Set Her Free is working on building their Angel House which will help them become more sustainable. Please consider donating to help with this project.
Women all over the world experience gender discrimination in the forms of unequal opportunities, health disparities, and sexual violence as a few examples. In Kampala, Uganda, girls and young women, many of whom are forced to move from rural villages to the city in search of economic opportunities, suffer from abuse and a lack of a support system. They partake in the sex trade as a means of survival. This gender inequality results in many negative health effects.
Through education and apprenticeships, the young women who participate in Set Her Free's school program learn valuable skills that they may not have had the ability to learn previously. When these women are given access to Set Her Free's tailoring center, they gain skills that give them the ability to work in safer environments and avoid being enslaved in sex trades. The women are provided with rehabilitative services and life skills so they can become truly independent.
Set Her Free has started Angel House. Angel House provides a stable environment in order to foster and promote health and community development, for the benefit of at-risk young women. The Angel house allows SHF to become more sustainable by helping them escape the unpredictability of rent in Uganda, allowing them to grow their own food to feed the girls, and providing land for future possibilities of expansion.