Our Midline Results

In response to the challenges that adolescent girls face living in poverty, JLMC developed the Girl Power Project to empower girls with the tools they need to stay in school and avoid child marriage, disease, early pregnancy, and violence. JLMC aims to reach 50-80% of girls aged 12-15 in a community with the Girl Power Project curriculum, which includes 60+ hours of workshops, camp, and after-school club sessions taught by local mentors over the course of two years in central Uganda.

As of 2017, the Girl Power Project has reached over 3,500 girls at 47 primary schools in central Uganda. At the halfway point of the program, results are showing that Girl Power Project participants are gaining more knowledge, life skills, and assets that strengthen their ability to successfully navigate adolescence.

92% of girls can explain how a girl or woman becomes pregnant

compared to 74% of girls at the beginning of the program and 76% of girls not trained in the program

81% of girls can identify risks of early marriage

compared to 40% of girls at the beginning of the program and 50% of girls not trained in the program

Without Girl Power, I wouldn't have known that my body belongs to me.

— Naluzze Joyce, age 14

93% of girls have a higher attitude regarding their self esteem

compared to 61% of girls at the beginning of the program and 76% of girls not trained in the program

62% of girls can identify that spousal abuse is not justified

compared to 26% of girls at the beginning of the program and 43% of girls not trained in the program

I learned that every child has a right to live a violence-free life.

— Nakalema Joyce, age 13

61% of girls can identify bad touches

compared to 21% of girls at the beginning of the program and 21% of girls not trained in the program

38% of girls can identify ways she can try to protect herself from rape

compared to 8% of girls at the beginning of the program and 15% of girls not trained in the program

60% of girls can identify ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS

compared to 37% of girls at the beginning of the program and 38% of girls not trained in the program

JLMC's current cohort of Girl Power Project participants are currently in their second and final year of the program, reinforcing what they have already learned in monthly after-school club sessions that are focused on:

  • The creation of community maps to identify safe and unsafe spaces;
  • Civic education;
  • Financial literacy and entrepreneurship (including savings, budgeting, and income generation);
  • Reproductive health;
  • Children's rights;
  • Self-defense; and
  • HIV testing so girls know and can protect their status.

The final data collection will be carried out in October 2017 and will provide further insight into additional gains in personal empowerment amongst Girl Power Project participants upon completion of the program.

Girls gain control over their access to public health services in partnership with a local hospital. Girls mobilize their community for a visit from the hospital outreach team, where they receive a presentation on HIV and reproductive health. Participants receive HIV testing so they know their status and how to protect it.

Girls learn basic self-defense and ways to attract help, with the help of local police officers.

Now I have a responsibility to advise other girls, as they have advised me.

— Nabagasera Jackline, age 14

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.

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