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Funding needed for education of the teenage pregnancies problem in Teso, Uganda

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The Mustard Seed Initiative for Community Services (TMSICS)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

The project idea is focusing to help the young girls still in school, but are threatened to drop out of school. The major issues the project is trying to address is the high teenage pregnancy rate which stands at 24.6 per cent. It is a result of harmful attitudes and practices like early/forced marriages, violence against the girl child, sexual exploitation and harassment, abuse and discrimination against resource allocation and other practices. Many times in lots of households and communities, girls are often treated as inferior and are socialized to put themselves last, which will undermine their self-esteem.
All the above mentioned girl child issues is indeed evident that violates and disrupts the girl children’s right to education, endangers their health, robs them of their childhood, limits their opportunities and generally impacts negatively on all aspects of their life.

What is your project and how will it help?

The proposed project is about mobilizing and empowering girls and women and the broader community to take an active role to challenges bad practices that make girls and women more disadvantage politically, socially and economically. It will carry out massive civic mobilizing and education to fill the gaps where the laws have failed to end child marriages; provide an opportunity for educating and empowering girls; support young people to become activists for change; enlist male and local leaders participation and involvement in increasing support to girls and women-led activities and introducing and supporting community based and led incentives such income generating and social welfare activities that help families consider alternatives to child marriages, which will result into wider community response to address issues that affect women and girls in the community.
The project aims to recognize girls as a population that faces challenges, including early marriages, teenage pregnancies, early child bearing, child labour and discrimination at all levels. It will furthermore provide ultimate opportunity for the various stakeholders to advocate and lobby for meaningful fulfillment of women and girls rights, highlight gender inequalities and address all the various forms of abuse and discrimination suffered by women and girls. In addition it is about creating massive awareness among the broader community that it’s meaningful for women empowerment beginning with girls’ empowerment.
The various stakeholders will help in leveraging resources to scale up this project to other areas, they will provide technical support, participate in social research and relevant information dissemination. Others can be joint implementers of the project.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

People can partner with us by providing equipment and financial resources

Please detail the resources that you need.

3 motorcycles to facilitate coordination,
5 sets of computers,
3 digital camera
5 printers to support documentation and storage of information,
$ 346,155 financial support for activity implementation among others; this financial support will go towards implementation of planned activities aimed at not only to improve the quality of life of girls and women but to initiate a campaign for elimination of child marriages in Teso region. It will also be used to procure relevant equipment to support the project and pay project staff allowances as they will be 100 per cent committing their time to the project, facilitated board meetings, monitoring and evaluation activities and project auditing.

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Doing business with the poor; Standards and all (5)

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Education and training; all (12)


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