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Spreading Girls Education to Another School!

We are happy to announce that we have added another school to join our Adolescent Girls Training Program (AGP) for 2016- Luzira Primary School! This means that for 2016 we will welcome 240 new girls into our program! Today, I, together with our Program Assistant Gloria Komukama, met with the Head Female Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Kitiyunui to discuss if the school would be interested in joining the AGP program. [Gloria discussing the Adolescent Girls Program with Teacher Sarah] It did not take much convincing, as Teacher Sarah knew so well about the challenges that girls face in having access to an education and preventing early pregnancy and marriage. In the middle of our meeting, she was approach

2015 Graduation at the Entebbe Zoo

At the end of November 2015, Girl Up Initiative Uganda proudly celebrated the accomplishments of our girls who completed our Adolescent Girls Training Program in 2015. 150 girls from Murchison Bay and St. James Bbiina Primary schools attended the year-end graduation and learning day. The girls from Murchison Bay came on the prison’s bus and the girls from St. James Bbiina came by taxi vans. Girl Up Uganda staff - Monica, Allan, Hajara, Gloria, Marion, and myself– attended this exciting event in addition to the female teachers from the schools who play a crucial role in supporting our efforts. When all the participants arrived the girls were divided into two groups for official tours of the W

The Power of Savings Groups

One of Girl Up Initiative Uganda’s first projects under the Young Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (YWEEP) was the Savings Group. The group was developed and initiated by young women in the community who requested GUIU to create a safe and accessible way to save money in order to assist with growing their business as well as to cover basic needs and school fees for their children. The main aim of the project is to ensure economic empowerment and financial independence through increasing women’s access to investment capital. It originated as a Revolving Savings Group where each woman contributed a small amount of money to the group savings, and another woman who receive the cumulative con

Peer Education & Youth Leadership with the Ni-Yetu Project!

[Selected peer educators with GUIU Program Officer, Clare Tusingwire] Last week Monday, February 1st, 2016, Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU) conducted its first activity as the lead CSO (civil society organization) implementing the three-year Ni-Yetu project in Kampala, Uganda. At St. Jude Primary School Naguru, GUIU organized the first meeting to select peer educators and introduce the project to all participants. As previously announced, the 'Ni-Yetu’ Youth Project aims to promote sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and prevention of gender based violence (GBV) among young people. Ni-Yetu is a Swahili word for ‘it is ours’, and was carefully selected by youth representatives to d

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