Monica, Head of Programmes at Fields of Life East Africa shared,
“Recently I met a young mother called Mary who shared that before the pandemic, her daughter Deborah was thriving at school. Deborah was safe, well fed, and educated. Her life has changed so much now. Deborah should now be in Primary 5 but has spent 584 days and counting at home since her school was forced to close last March as a result of Covid-19.
Mary is scared Deborah will follow a similar path to other girls in her village, forced into early pregnancy and marriage. She fears that when schools finally reopen, Deborah will not have the opportunity to return.”
For girls in particular, this lockdown season is robbing them of their childhood forever. You have the chance to give a girl the right to be a child.
We know the safest place for girls like Deborah is in school. We believe every child has the right to get back to school; the right to be safe and protected, the right to education and a way out of poverty. Schools in Uganda are due to reopen in January 2022 and we need your help reduce the barriers to education and ensure as many as possible return to the safety and protection of their school.
You could give a girl like Deborah the right to continue learning while schools are closed through the provision of textbooks, home learning materials and engaging teachers to facilitate small group lessons.
You could give girls like Deborah the right to look after their bodies in a safe and hygienic manner through the provision of clean water and training on how to make Reusable Sanitary Pads (RUMPs) and liquid soap.
You could provide a family, like Deborah’s, with access to a safe water supply close to her home so she is no longer vulnerable to assault on the long, isolated journey to a contaminated water source.
You could educate a community like Deborah’s in Northern Uganda, where parents and boys and girls can receive and attend training and workshops on vital issues like Child Protection, Gender Based Violence and Gender Equality.