When you invest in a girl, the whole world benefits.
Just Like My Child Foundation's Girl Power Project is a transformational program targeting girls in central Uganda as they enter the most vulnerable juncture of their lives: adolescence. This project steps in just as girls face the choices that will lead them to a life of early marriage, pregnancy, and disease OR a life of education, economic independence, and delayed marriage.
That’s why JLMC is investing in one of the most effective ways to create a global shift at the grassroots level: life skills and mentoring training for adolescent girls ages 12-15 so they are equipped to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.
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The Girl Power Project aims to reach 50-80% of girls aged 12-15 in a community with curriculum that's delivered through an intensive two year program. Before Just Like My Child Foundation introduces the Girl Power Project in a community, everyone gains the knowledge that is needed to support empowered girls. JLMC lays the foundation for girls' empowerment by:
Teaching communities about the law and human rights.
Local leaders are trained as “paralegals” (called Community Legal Volunteers) and host community dialogues to educate their community about Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, the laws of the country and how to refer crimes against these rights to the appropriate authorities.
Implementing Population Council’s Girl Roster Toolkit.
JLMC utilizes Population Council’s Girl Roster Toolkit to document how many adolescent girls live in each community served by the Girl Power Project, which helps ensure that 50-80% of girls are reached.
Signing a covenant with the community.
Girl Power Project® Coordinators meet with teachers and parents to explain girls’ rights and the Girl Power Project® curriculum. Parents and teachers sign a formal agreement that proves the community values the empowerment of girls, as well as their commitment to support their daughters through the Girl Power Project.
Step 2: Workshops for Girls and Adults
21 Total Hours
50 Girls per School
JLMC works alongside primary school communities to create positive learning environments so girls can stay in school, learn, and excel. This three-day workshop is conducted with 50 girls from each school to facilitate discussion and understanding of essential social survival skills. Topics include:
7 Total Hours
50 Boys per School
21 Total Hours
50 Girls per School
The same 50 girls from each school participate in another three-day workshop where they learn the importance and advantages of becoming mentors for their peers. The second three-day workshop dives deeper into:
7 Total Hours
50 Boys per School
21 Total Hours
30 Women and Men per School
Girl Power Project Advocates are trusted adults in the community who learn the same Girl Power Project curriculum that girls learn, and they're equipped to support and mentor the girls in their community.
2-Day Sleepover Camp
14 Total Hours
The top 20% (10 girls) from each school are chosen by their peers, teachers, and Girl Power Project Coordinators to attend Camp where they'll graduate as Girl Power Project Peer Mentors. Campers learn how to be effective mentors and receive AFRIpads, reusable menstrual pads that help girls maintain good hygiene and are critical for staying healthy and in school.
Step 3: After-School Clubs
12 Monthly Club Sessions
2 Hours Each, 24 Hours Total
With help from local partners and trusted adults in the community, JLMC's program facilitators help girl Peer Mentors share what they have learned with others (including girls who do not attend school) through 12 monthly club sessions. Each Club Session reinforces the curriculum covered in the first two workshops by supplementing girls' knowledge with additional skills and resources. Some club sessions invite the entire community to participate, so that girls are learning alongside their parents, guardians, and siblings.
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A Bright Future Begins with Safe Spaces: How to Create a Circle of Trust with Your Friends and Community
In this club session, girls discuss the locations of community services and learn how to read diagrams and maps. They work together to identify locations in their community where they can meet friends safely and privately at least once a week.
Know Your Human Rights: Understanding Basic Protections Under the Law and How to Defend Them
Girls discuss their human rights and learn about how to defend them, using the network of legal support in their communities. This club session is delivered in partnership with Community Legal Volunteers: adults who advocate for girls' rights and have been trained as paralegals to help uphold the law within their community.
Protect Your Future: Know How Your Body Works
This club session covers sexual and reproductive health education, and is delivered in partnership with Reproductive Health Uganda, a local organization providing rights-based sexual reproductive health information and services to vulnerable communities, especially youth.
In partnership with local savings and loan groups and local bank officials, this club topic is spread across three club sessions so that girls gain the skills and confidence to create a budget and know how to track their income and spending:
Planning Your Financial Future
Part I: Learn How to Change Your Life by Saving Your Money
Part II: Learn How to Control Your Income and Spending by Creating a Budget
Part III: Learn the Steps to Becoming a Smart Business Woman and Entrepreneur
With the help of local government officials, girls learn about different forms of government including the government structure in Uganda and how (and why) to vote.
Girls learn basic self-defense and ways to attract help, with the help of local police officers.
Girls gain control over their access to public health services in this club session facilitated in partnership with Bishop Asili Hospital. Girls mobilize their community for a visit from the hospital outreach team, where they receive a presentation on HIV and reproductive health. Club participants receive HIV testing so they know their status and how to protect it.
“Through the Girl Power club sessions, I have learned it's important to stay in school and to get more knowledge and information.”
— Namuyomba Mary, age 12
“In the training I learned about menstruation. So when I had my first period, I knew what to do and I also help other girls in the same situation by telling them what they should do to make sure they go through the period with ease.”
— Namutebi Cathy, age 13
“Before, I was so shy I couldn’t even speak to people. Now I can speak to people freely and I’m assertive. I make sure that that person understands me well. I learned how to protect myself. I learned that I should not be violated and I should have my human rights respected.”
— Nabatanzi Joan, age 14
“Since the last Girl Power training, my self-esteem has improved. I love myself more than ever before.”
— Natabi Fiona, age 13
With support from our partners, the Girl Power Project is providing girls with the tools they need to successfully navigate adolescence. Some of our partners include:
Got Girl Power? Pass It On!
Help us pass the Girl Power Project on to more vulnerable adolescent girls living in poverty.
With a small investment, you can transform a girl's life and future:
Send a Girl to Camp
giving her the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor, equipped to teach others about the rights a girl has to her own mind, body, and future.
Reach One Girl
through the Girl Power Project, empowering her with the tools she needs to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.
Reach 10 Girls
through the Girl Power Project, empowering them with the tools to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.
Sponsor a Community
For $10,000 or more you can bring the Girl Power Project to an entire community, reaching up to hundreds of girls and their community members.