We are challenging the stereotypes around girls’ empowerment in rural – urban context. Our predominantly rural project targets the often marginalized category of rural girls who are equally in need of empowerment and development programs as their urban peers.
Our programs are built on youth approaches to change, including the use of peer to peer learning model. We encourage young people to design, deliver, create and evaluate programs that speak to their issues in a youth friendly manner.
Most rural Ugandan girls are unable to complete high school; only 1 of every 200 will receive any post-secondary education. This lack of opportunity is due to the effects of chronic poverty, HIV, cultural beliefs that education is “wasted” on girls, long-distance walks to schools, lack of sanitary support, domestic violence, and other challenges. Although these girls currently live in situations that give them little hope for a future that doesn’t include poverty or marriage at a young age, they have dreams of becoming educated, independent women who can effect change in Uganda in a variety of ways.