Retain the Orphan Girl Child in School

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This project is implemented by Kagumu Development Organization (KADO) in Kibuku District- Uganda in collaboration with Kibuku District local Government and our partners on GlobalGiving platform. The project will benefits 1450 orphan girl chidden both Primary and Secondary school children to ensure that they achieve their education carers. The project supports and enhance retention of orphan girl child in schools by empowering them with knowledge and skills on menstrual health hygiene practices and strengthening the economic power of  80 caregivers to ensure that they are able to secure the basic needs of orphan girl children in their households. The specific objectives of the project are: 1) to empower the orphan girl children with knowledge and skills in mistral health hygiene management. 2) to improve the economic power of the care givers.

Key project activities includes;

  • Training 80 caregivers in micro income generating projects such as goat keeping and vegetables growing
  • Training 1450 orphan girls on menstrual health hygiene management.
  • Training 1450 orphan girl children in making re-usable sanitary pads.
  • Provide the orphans with materials for making re-usable sanitary pads.
  • Sensitize 80 the care givers and 450 teachers on child rights
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

Project Background

Girl Children of 12 – 24 years in Uganda majorly dropout of school due to failure to manage menstrual health hygiene and lack of support like adequate food and school items by caregivers. When orphan girl children dropout of school, they engage in early sex and marriages, commercial sex, cross generation sex and are exposed to a lot of vulnerability such HIV/AIDS and STI/STDs.  In Kibuku District, 84.76% of the child marriages occur among the girls. These children are not ready emotionally, physically or socially to take on the responsibility of marriage. Child bearing is difficult for them and most of the maternal deaths are said to occur among the child mothers. Other related complications such as ruptured uteruses are common among the child – mothers. The increased the project therefore aims at supporting the retention of orphan girl child in school by empowering them with knowledge and skills on menstrual health hygiene practices and strengthening the economic power of caregivers through provision of improved agricultural inputs and tools.

Implementation Approach.

The project is implemented in collaboration with the district and subcounty local government leadership and technocrats.

Long-Term Impact

The project contributes to the reduction of orphan girl child drop out and prolongs their stay in schools. The orphan girls’ of 12 to 18 years are equipped with the skills of making sanitary pads and able to make them. The care givers practice in micro projects like growing vegetables and back yard farming and sustain the orphan stay in schools by providing them with the scholastic materials. 85 orphans are in their respective schools including primary and secondary schools.