The COVID 19 Teenage Pregnancies Dilemma in Uganda
By Andrew M Niwagaba - Project Leader
Greetings to you all our donors, friends and well wishers. I hope this report finds you safe. I am sad to report that schools in Uganda remain closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic and as such, we have not been able to do much on the project. The recent presidential address to the nation indicated that schools are set to open in early 2022. As it stands, school going children are at home and it will be two years in January 2022 since many of the children in the country last attended school.
In more depressing news around the current, the local media is awash with stories on increases in teenage pregnancies across the cou8ntry. Whereas this project was intended to create awareness about sugar daddies taking advantage of unsuspecting young school girls through cross generational sex and something for something sex, we have nopt been able to achieve much because our target group is not in the space we hoped to find them.
As a result, the country is headed for a situation where we will have many young/teen mothers some of whom may never get a second chance to go to back to school. Some of these young mothers have become victims of early marriages and ridicule in their communities. While this project might not help the current victims, we are still committed to spreading a positive message of caution once the schools open and if we have the tools and resources to conduct the sessions. It is for this reason that we request for your support for the project. We need to protect the girl child – Together we can.
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