What do you do in Uganda when you can’t reach girls where they are? When schools are closed down and girls are more vulnerable than ever because they’re stuck at home in increasingly unsafe environments?
Well, you do what we’ve all learned to do lately: you meet with them virtually!
However, In rural Uganda, internet connectivity is still highly unreliable and the vast majority of young girls do not have access to a device with streaming or video capability.
So, if you’re super industrious like our Just Like My Chid Uganda team, you take to the airwaves via radio — still a very popular medium in rural Uganda.
Last week Country Director Audrey Kanyesigye launched the first of a series of Girl Power Hour Radio Show segments aimed at sharing Girl Power Project curriculum with adolescent girls and the communities in which they live.
The signal strength covers three districts that we work in – Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongla – and will be aired every Thursday until the end of the year covering different lessons of the Girl Power Project Curriculum.
The first episode featured girl power mentor- 17-year-old Swabulah Nassuna (pictured above) who is also a JLMC Mandela scholar.
She talked about how much she learned from the Girl Power Project on health, confidence, following her dreams and that her primary focus is now education rather than getting married and pregnant. She also vowed to continue to empower other girls to do the same. Girl Power graduates mentoring other girls is the “good kind of virus” that has spread rapidly through our communities.
In fact, during the “call in” portion of the show, a caller asked the JLMC team to assist police and community members in intercepting a forced child marriage between a 45-year-old man and an adolescent girl. Forced child marriage is illegal in Uganda, and yet it is heavily practiced when families and children don’t know their rights or how to enforce them. This immediate success of educating the community at large is exactly the impact we are hoping to achieve.
We are very proud of our JLMC Uganda Team and grateful that the communities are still receiving the powerful lessons held within the Girl Power Curriculum.
About Just Like My Child Foundation: About Just Like My Child Foundation: Since its founding in 2006, Just Like My Child Foundation has developed deep partnerships with rural communities in Africa to deliver sustainable programs that address health care, education, microenterprise, social justice, and women/girls’ empowerment. Through that work, JLMC came to understand that empowering vulnerable adolescent girls to amplify their voices and achieve their fullest potential is the most powerful weapon in disrupting the cycle of poverty. Today, Just Like My Child Foundation is focused on expanding its evidence-based, replicable model of girls empowerment, Girl Power Project® Global, beginning in the US with the Lakota Sioux Nation in South Dakota, and in Rishikesh, India. Learn more about our quest to transform the world, one girl at a time, at www.JustLikeMyChild.org