RI Girl’s Empowerment Program

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A pilot Girl’s Empowerment Program, completed in 2014 at Kasiinde Primary, showed great promise. In a country where 66% of children never finish primary (elementary) school, we are thrilled to report that all 35 girls who completed the Program graduated from primary school. RI expanded the Empowerment Program to Kagarama Primary in 2015. Thanks to a generous grant from the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI, Bethesda, MD), we are grateful to report that in 2016, the Program will be expanded to include an additional 10 schools!

The Empowerment Program trains teachers (coaches) to deliver an activity-based curriculum that uses soccer language and analogies to promote healthy, responsible behaviors among Ugandan youth (players), ages 10-19 years. The program focuses on reproductive health, life skills, HIV prevention, and unplanned pregnancy and STD prevention, using the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize students. Participants are urged to share what they have learned in their peer groups, families, and communities to help stop the spread of HIV.

In line with WMI’s mission and objectives, financial literacy training and a student-led entrepreneurial activity has been added to the Program for 2016, so that the girls can begin to learn good financial practices early. We are so excited for this partnership and the positive changes that it will bring to the students and communities of Kabale. Webale munonga (thank you very much) to WMI!

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