AGENCI PROJECT SAVED ME FROM EARLY MARRIAGE

For girls like Hellen Okuo, education is the only opportunity to escape the vicious circle of poverty in their community and contribute to economic development. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to prolonged school close came with other risks such as limited access to study materials and exposure to child marriage. The limited access […]

WEDDING CAKE BAKER IN THE MAKING

Ayikoru Christine, a 24-year-old Ugandan dropped out of school after her Primary Leaving Examinations. She lost both her parents when she was 16 years old. She doesn’t have any siblings and lives by herself. Christine refused to stay with her relatives for fear of being mistreated and being forced into early child marriage which is […]

I HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO STAND UP FOR MYSELF

“Before the life skill training for adolescent girls and female youths in Palorinya, I used to be sad, I couldn’t express myself to teachers and feared to talk about issues related to relationships, sexual rights and could shy away from information concerning reproductive health tips. I also couldn’t communicate with my peers especially when they […]

WHEN EDUCATION BECOMES YOUR FAMILY: A TALE OF YOUNG SHADIA

It happened very fast. One minute a jolly Shadia Irakunda was on an errand for her father; the next, their house set ablaze with her father in it. Yes, her father was dead. “This place isn’t safe!” she heard her mother cry out as she latched onto her sibling’s hands. Shadia, her five siblings and […]