About this campaign
A research, conducted in October 2018 by Eco-Agric Uganda and other community members in South western Uganda established that: - 60% of the girls drop out of school because of poverty characterised by lack of school fees and scholastic materials, 24% because of child marriage, and 12% because of lack of interest and parental guidance. 98% of the girls that fall out of school get married in the next one year. Girls enrolment in schools is lower than that of boys while girl’s school drop-out rate is higher.
Only 20% of the pupils in upper primary (Primary 5, 6 and 7) are girls. Of the 20% girls, only 10% cross over to secondary level with only 2% of these girls completing senior four. 60% of the girls drop out of school because of poverty characterised by lack of food, sanitary pads, school fees and scholastic materials. 98% of the girls that fall out of school get married in the next one year.
One girl Alinaitwe during the appraisal said that she got pregnant after a boy bought her books worth less than one pound. The boy latter denied responsibility of the pregnancy and does not look after the child. Alinaitwe dropped out of school before even using the books.
Young girls often share their sanitary towels (usually scrap cloth) with their mothers or other women in the household, though they are washed thoroughly between uses making venereal diseases rampant in spite washing shared sanitary pads. For the girls that go to school, they miss school for at least four days a month and 48 days a year because of lack of sanitary pads to use during menstruation. Issues about menstruation are not talked about due to embarrassment, lack of understanding and the low priority of such problems in the face of starvation, violence, death, illiteracy and the many struggles of daily life. These women are living in absolute poverty and entrenched in poverty.
From July 2020 to October 2020, Josephine Eco-Agric Uganda has raised $9,246.5 from 133 donations that has been used as follows
17 girls got school fees for the whole of 2020 and 42 girls have school fees ready for the whole of 2021.
48 women received credit of between $27- $136 and started/restarted/rejuvenated. Over half of them have paid back the money that has been given to other women
3 sewing machines have been bought and are helping 30 women learn sewing
17 women have started learning how to read and write
Please support the establishment of Eco-Agric Uganda Girl Child Scholarship Scheme
Though all the 42 girls are going to school in 2021, there is need to keep these girls in school
I (Josephine Nakakande) humbly request you to support 84 girls stay in school from in 2022 and beyond.
Use of Funds
We are requesting for your generosity to support the girls stay in school for three terms, that in the year of 2022. The three terms run from January to March (First term), May to August (second term) and October to December (third term).
84 children X $180 annually = $15120.
As girls move into higher classes, school fees increase
Thank you so much for your help.