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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Lets work together and help girls to realize and achieve their dreams.
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