First of all, a HUGE congratulations to Anna, Zahara, Bianca and Isabel for winning first place in the Sustainable Development Challenge with their project Education4Her. They beat senior teams from around the city with their passionate presentation about girls in Uganda missing school for something as natural as their period. They boldly spoke in front of their peers and strangers about their own periods and the struggles girls face with their periods. I was so proud!
Their project proposal is to start a small business for 4 women to work together to make sets as a way to help girls in a remote Northern community have access to sanitary supplies so that they can go to school. They will also be able to do their own tailoring and earn enough money to send their own children to school. It’s a beautiful pairing of ISEE’s reproductive health program with the Mama Nguvu program. I am excited to get the project started.
In other news, for those who helped our two mamas in need in December, they are doing fabulously! Mama A was able to make enough money from her shop to invest in a fridge which will bring many more customers. Her children have returned to school and she is so thankful for your support.
Mama N has managed to get more students for her tailoring school so that she no longer needs to rely on her husband to pay half the rent. He offered her an ultimatum to either move to where he was working or stay where her school is and be on her own. She chose to stay on her own and continue to build the school that she has been working hard to establish.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Mamas! We are excited to see them progress.