The teen girls listening intently to their lesson.
Here are some recent quotes from teen girls who participated in Shanti Uganda’s Teen Girls Health and Empowerment workshops:
"My favourite activity from the Teen Girls workshop was learning to make pads, it is a skill that all girls should know and one I will teach to my friends who could not attend." - Rebecca, 17
"There are so many problems that young girls in Uganda face today. Divorce is a problem, and so is rape and violence. We live in poverty and have trouble getting basic needs. There are poor health centers and poor standards of living."- Lillian, 14
"Education is the key to our success. It gives good yields and makes someone achieve a lot. It will help me get the things I need and lead to a successful marriage,and a good family. Education is my future."- Farida, 16
"Baking cakes was the best part of my week. I don't have an oven and don't have money to buy baked goods but now I know how to make them myself on a stove top." - Esther, 12
"To fight HIV in Uganda we need to abstain from sex, and better educate people on how to practice safe sex. People need to be sensitized to the issue to get rid of stigmas surrounding HIV so that affected persons will seek treatment." -Brenda, 11
"Learning about the moon and the stars [mensturation] has taught me about my body and what to expect when that day comes, I now know about how to keep myself healthy and have proper hygiene." - Joan, 11
"I am unable to afford sanitary pads when I have my period, now that I know how to make them out of reusable materials I will not be embarrassed to attend school when I am bleeding." - Rebecca, 17
"Netball was fun to play because we got to hang out and talk with the Shanti staff while beating them at the game. It is a good way to have fun and not worry about everything else happening in our lives." -Nakato, 12
Thank you to our generous donors for making these workshops possible and such a success!
Sharing some laughs.
Finding balance with yoga.
Learning how to make reusable menstrual pads.
Showing off their new skills.
Learning about reproductive health.