Sanitary Supplies to Ensure Education

About 90% of girls in rural areas cannot afford sanitary pads. Evidence shows that many girls drop out of school or are absent for significant periods of time when their menstruation begins. This means that over 1000 girls miss six weeks of school every year and women miss valuable work hours. Meanwhile, UNESCO estimates that one in 10 African adolescent girls miss school during menses and eventually drop out because of menstruation related issues.

This week, we are connecting with our Women’s Sewing Project so they can make a year supply of reusable sanitary pads for over 150 girls. The Cooperative is willing to sell us these pads at a 45% discount, thereby supporting the success of multiple villages.

When girls start missing school due to menstruation, they are far more likely to be exposed to other risks, such as early pregnancy, marriage and HIV/AIDS. They are also less likely to be manipulated by men who promise to provide them with money to buy pads. These girls will be able to attend school more often and complete their educational cycle.

 

Providing for Mothers

Through mobilization, we have a number of friends in Uganda that donated clothes and baby items for single mothers in Ddegeya Village! It takes a community to raise children and we thank you for being a part of ours SO THEY CAN THRIVE!

Bringing Ddegeya Village Neighbors Together

We planned to reach out to each family in their individual homes while we were in Ddegeya Village last week, though we were advised by village leadership to bring the entire community together. This would allow everyone to connect with their neighbors. Many people are new to this area.

During our two day visit, we were able to meet many families. We had the means to supply 400 children with school supplies, backpacks, foods, and shoes! We interacted with families and gathered information on what they need most. We come together as a team SO THEY CAN THRIVE!


Our Ugandan Team

We are please to introduce our Ugandan STCT team! While some of our team members have returned to school upon the reopening of universities, four of our team members were able to join our executive director Ivan Woods Kasujja to deliver supplies in Ddegeya Village.

In the blue shirt, Marvin “Uncle Mavo” has worked in humanitarian work with Ivan for the last 15 years. Uncle Mavo is our field coordinator and helps set up our field work.

In the maroon shirt, Christina “Tina” is a nutritionist and a small restaurant owner who volunteers her time to work on our projects. She also helps us provide nourishing foods for babies and children who need it the most.

In the cap is Eve, who is very passionate about women’s empowerment, especially with single mothers.

On the far left is Josephine “Aunty Jose”, a poultry farmer who is very dedicated to empowering female farmers in Uganda’s rural areas.

Every Dollar

We are a 100% volunteer-run, non profit organization, powered by a handful of devoted activists.  Every dollar that moves through our organization is spent on this work to support women, children, and their communities.  With our collective assistance, we witness our communities go from merely surviving to THRIVING.

Our executive director Ivan Woods Kasujja (photographed here) and his team work directly with communities to find the most efficient ways to support severely impoverished people SO THEY CAN THRIVE.  We also support local business by purchasing only locally produced goods when possible.  Thank you for standing with us in this important work!

Kofi Annan on Education

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy, and sustainable human development.” -Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, & co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize

Mark Lowcock on Education

“Working together, we can make the world a great deal better for boys and girls currently deprived of a chance of a decent education‎ – which is the cornerstone of everything else in life.” -Mark Lowcock, head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)