Help shape her future
In many places around the world a typical 12-year-old girl is preparing for the school day by gathering materials for classes and fitting them in a backpack. Maybe adding a snack or lunch. You might hear her excitedly chatting with friends or see her attending a morning practice or lesson before walking the halls and taking her seat in class. Even if she is attending virtually – she is connected. She fills her days working on academics as well as developing the social skills that she will need for her adult life. She has ideas. She has plans. She begins to shape her future.
“The lockdown has forced me to drop out of school again. And I’m really unhappy knowing that I may not go back to school,” says Jane.
Twelve-year-old Jane’s life is not typical. She fled a brutal war in South Sudan and now lives in a bleak refugee settlement in Northern Uganda. For a time, she did not attend school. When she was able to join a primary school that provides free education to underprivileged children, Jane saw a chance for a better future. But then the pandemic shut down the program and robbed her of that dream.
Without access to electricity or the internet, students here cannot attend remote lessons provided by the government on television. The education stops. No learning is taking place. Social skills vital to independence and survival vanish. School closures have hit girls from the least-developed regions of the community the hardest, heightening their risks for early or forced marriages.
Sadly, Jane’s story is not unique. Many girls like her are now at home, unable to continue their education. Without the partnership and support from Fr. Phillip Apiya from Christ the King Parish in the Amuru, Gulu Archdiocese in Northern Uganda, Catholic World Mission, and our friends like you, most of these girls will never return to school again. Many will be forced into early marriage.
Through our Keep Girls in Education project, YOU have the opportunity to empower these vulnerable girls! You can help shape their future.
The pandemic shut down the school program and robbed girls in Uganda of the dream of a better future.
Many girls like her are now at home, unable to continue their education.
Without access to electricity or the internet, students here cannot attend remote lessons provided by the government on television. The education stops. No learning is taking place.
Like many schools around the world, schools in Uganda are more than a place to learn – they’re a safe place for vulnerable children living in poverty.
With your help today, the 30 senior teachers in this project will do in-home visits with girls like Jane – 3,000 girls in total. Each of the visits to the girls’ homes will begin and end with prayer, songs, reading of Bible passages, sharing educational materials, teaching life skills and, finally, a question and answer session.
Can you provide $108 for 1 teacher and change 30 lives today?
“The project will enable us to instruct, communicate and bring hope to the students,” says a teacher.
“It will give us an opportunity to support the girls in their self-studies on a weekly basis as they work in the garden and do home chores. We will be able to keep them in education and share a pro-life message to prevent teenage pregnancies and also prevent abortions.”
Girls like Jane are forced into marriage at an early age and suffer during childbirth as their bodies are not ready for reproduction. These girls are not ready mentally or emotionally to enter parenthood.
Can you show these girls that they are valued and loved and deserve a chance to shape their own future?
The Keep Girls in Education project outreach doesn’t end with the girls as 6,000 parents/guardians will be helped to understand the travesty of child marriage. Our prayer is that through outreach and mentoring, parents of young girls will end the practice of marrying off their daughters before their 18th birthday and become advocates for their children and keep them in school to complete their education.
For girls who are already pregnant, the project will share God’s message forgiveness and second chances and teach them to say “NO” to abortion and encourage their families to show them love, care and to enroll them back in school after giving birth.
Your generosity will ripple out into the community as senior teachers have been out of work since the start of the pandemic, they are struggling to provide food for their families. These amazing women are so excited for the chance to do what they love doing most: mentoring the girls!