Literacy rates in Uganda show 62% of females aged 15 and over are literate compared to 79% of males. When it comes to those aged 65 and older only 18% of females are literate compared to 58% of males (unesco.org).
Often girls are the first to miss out on an opportunity to learn, with twice as many girls as boys never going to school; therefore, with our partners and programs we are challenging the gender norm and empowering the next generation of young woman as well as men.
Girls can miss up to a week of school each month when they are on their period, causing them to fall behind, and in some cases, forcing them to drop out due to inadequate access to privacy, toilets, clean water, and sanitary towels.
In our schools we are improving access to latrines and clean water and we are teaching girls in the slums how to use sowing machines in order to allow them to make their own reusable sanitary towels which will also act as an income generation project. Alongside this we are teaching girls how to deal with menstruation and cope with puberty.
Life can look bleak for Ugandan women living in the slums of Kampala. Without an education she has the option of either working laboriously all day in the quarry breaking up stones or attempting to etch out a living in any way she can. Sadly sometimes prostitution can seem the only option.
Janice shares her heart for the children she has just met in Kampala. 54 sponsored girls now have a better future thanks to the sponsorship they receive through Charlene's Project.