Ask children to write their Challenges and You will be Challenged instead.

After having various sessions with our #GirlsMatterClub members in different schools, we realized that some girls always sit and listen but don’t say anything. So during our last session we asked each girl to write a topic that she wants us to discuss in our next session and give reasons why. When we received the small papers back. I was challenged, I felt pain, I felt sad, the girls are suffering a lot in their own homes at the hands of some fathers, relatives, house maids and strangers. Raising Teenagers Uganda creates a platform where young people can share their challenges and receive

We know that many homes in Uganda use house maids, but do you know what happens to your children when you are not at home!!! Our girls need our protection. One of the girls wrote that their house maid forces her to touch her private parts as well as practicing sex with her.

This calls for attention from everyone. Some house maids could be HIV+ and will infect your children. How can we be present in our children’s lives so that they open up to us. Be a friend.

See how much your daughter is forced to keep to herself. She may even know the affairs between the father and house maid but if the mother is not close, she won’t open up. And the pain eats this child up, you start to wonder why they are not performing well in class, but how can they concentrate with all this pain!!!

Some of the issues that came out strongly were cases of defilement and rape by some fathers, uncles, and neighbors.

Girls are forced to sleep and have sex with older men who in turn threaten them and they keep quiet but suffer silently.

Defilement still happens and some girls won’t report. We need to break the silence at all cost. Get close to your children and give them the confidence that you care.

At Raising Teenagers Uganda, we are creating spaces for young people to share their challenges and receive help and guidance. We are doing this in our #GirlsMatterClubs in 4 schools.

One other girl wrote this and it gave us hope that if we continue empowering girls, they will learn to protect and defend themselves.

There are many other schools that need us to form clubs there but we can’t afford because we don’t have funding to do that and the schools won’t even provide transport for our volunteers. Could you be willing to support our program, please get in touch with us at nankundahope@gmail.com or hope@raisingteenagers.org

Lets work together and help girls to realize and achieve their dreams.

An educated girl is an empowered girls. Join us to make a difference.

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Drawing tells the untold stories: University Students need psychosocial support.

We believe that story telling can help to transform lives and foster positive change in society, however some girls may not be in position to tell their story but can draw. When this 1st year student was asked to draw anything and communicate through her drawing, this is what she drew. In explanation she stated that many times university students are neglected yet they are faced with a wide range of challenges and need psychosocial support.

“Everyone is talking about rural women and girls but who prepares us for university life!!”

There is a lot of sexual abuse and exploitation accompanied by threats and yet these girls have nobody to talk to. All they need is a shoulder to lean on. A voice to speak about their challenges. Someone to encourage, motivate and inspire them. Someone to assure them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

She drew this during a training on Language, gender and leadership network that brought together members from different organizations working to create positive change in society.

Raising Teenagers Uganda was among and we are planning to follow up and see how we can reach out to University students.

We are seeking for support to make this possible so that these young ladies can be empowered and supported to thrive and achieve their dreams.

Leveraging Media to End Child Marriage: The event that made a difference at the #CSW62

Did you know that media can do a lot more than we can ever imagine!!! It can even play a very important role in ending Child Marriage!! This event brought together 3 organizations; Joy for Children Uganda, Equality Now and Raising Teenagers-Uganda at the 62 Commission on the status of women as we shared our best practices on how we have used the media to create impact in society in relation to keeping girls in school and ending child marriage.

Through proper use of our social media platforms and sharing information about the dangers of child Marriage and benefits of educating girls, even those that we can’t reach physically have the opportunity to learn, understand and do something different to end the practice. We have taught girls about their rights and how best they can report abuse and exploitation so that they received justice.

Sharing testimonies from girls has helped to encourage and empower fellow girls out there. Some cultures believe that as soon as a girl begins menstruation, she is then ready for marriage and they go ahead and marry them off: but with the use of media, we can inform the world that menstruation is not a ticket to marriage. We write about the dangers of the practice and the benefits of keeping girls in school and we have been able to impact on the lives of many children, girls and women.

With the availability of smartphones and various social media platforms, we believe that everyone can play a role in transforming society. But we also acknowledge the fact that women and girls in rural areas may not have access to such facilities and gadgets, we therefore encourage the use of radios to share information.

We must try everything possible until we see a world free from child marriages.

The print media too can Transform lives by writing about stories child marriage and the dangers that come with the practice as well as expose the perpetrators of the practice and educate the public about the importance of standing up strong for the Girl child in school. Reporting about the successes that come with education of girls will encourage the readers to walk the talk.

Educating girls about their rights can best be done with proper use of media. Let us leverage media to End Child marriage.

Empowering Girls in rural schools can help to achieve the SDGs by 2030

The challenges faced by rural girls and women is critical at this moment. At the #CSW62 everyone was in agreement. That if the women and girls in rural areas are supported and brought in the room, included in the discussions, involved in the decision making, then the world would have a lot to benefit.

If the world has to achieve the sustainable development goals, then its very key that the women and girls in rural areas are economically empowered and supported.

Raising Teenagers Uganda was honoured to take part in the 62 Commission on the status of women. We were able to share with the world the work we are doing to keep the less advantaged girls in school.

Our focus on menstruation management continues to impact on the lives of many girls in rural schools who are normally forgotten and may end up becoming victims of teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Would you like to support our campaign of keeping girls in school, donate sanitary pads and underwear for Girls so that they won’t have to run to men for sex in exchange for these products.

We appreciate everyone out their doing everything possible to support the less advantaged girls.

Girls Matter Clubs: Creating a Platform for Girls and Boys to realise their dreams.

Many times girls and boys in school are faced with a wide range of challenges that need attention. Most of these are related to puberty and adolescent lifestyle.

Raising Teenagers-Uganda believes that if young people are helped to deal and manage these challenges, they are then able to appreciate themselves and be in full control of their dreams. For the girls the most challenging part is in relation to Menstruation. This is because many parents and guardians don’t find time to educate these girls about this important stage of their life.

Menstruation comes with a lot of un answered questions, taboos, myths and misconceptions that live the Girls confused and many times lead them to make mistakes.

We have introduced “Girls Matter Clubs” in a few schools and they are helping a lot with responding to questions from the young girls. Involving boys makes all the difference. The boys are taught about the importances of supporting the Girls as opposed to humiliating and embarrassing them.

This is helping girls to feel more confident and able to stand strong amidst the challenges. We are building a generation of educated and empowered girls that will be able to contribute to the development process.

We still have many Girls that are dropping out of school due to lack of sanitary pads and as a result they end up becoming victims of teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

Would you like to support the less advantaged girls with sanitary pads!!! Please get in touch with us and make a difference. Life is about making another person happy

An Educated Girl can Transform her Family. Keep Girls in School.

While attending the 62 Commission on the status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York, all discussions were around empowering the rural women and girls. Its amazing how different people around the world are doing everything possible to ensure that the girl child is protected and empowered.

Raising Teenagers-Uganda continues to advocate for the Right to education for every child especially the Girl child. Our main focus is on menstruation and we support rural girls to have access reusable sanitary pads with the help of well wishers that donate the pads.

We strongly believe that an educated girl can transformed her entire family and help in addressing the problem of poverty that has become a major reason why parents decide to marry off their young girls.

We continue to sensitize parents and communities about the benefits of educating their children. This is a message that everyone needs to embrace and share within their networks.

We are glad to have been part of the discussions at the UN and sharing our work with the world about what we are doing to keep girls in school. We have so much concentration on creating platforms where they can share their challenges and empower each other through our “Girls Matter Clubs.”

Motivation and encouragement of young girls can create all the difference. Would you like to make a difference in the lives of young people, join us and support the less advantaged girls to stay in school until they complete their education.

We appreciate those that have stood with us in our campaign of Keeping girls in school. We are making a difference.

We always say #EveryTEENCounts.

Support Girls to stay in school.