On March 13, 2020, the Ugandan government abruptly closed schools and colleges nationwide in response to COVID-19, disrupting over 15 million learners countrywide. The social and economic costs were not borne evenly, however, with devastating consequences for marginalized learners. This was especially the case for girls in rural, and marginalized communities such as Pawong, Jupamagwar, Jupako in Nebbi.

Consequently, The ministry of education and other agencies indicated that learners should undertake online learning or technology-mediated learning on TV, radio, ed-tech apps, and mobile phones. While such learning was taking place in urban areas, for many marginalized children in remote villages, learning during COVID-19 school closures was a deep challenge. Learning mediated through ed-tech remained out of reach for many disadvantaged children due to connectivity challenges. In remote parts of Jupangira Sub-county, for example, electricity does not reach households, excluding children from such learning spaces.

This is where we came in urgently to help. As Edu Child Foundation we are dedicated to raising an empowered generation of young people and our goal to have them learning did not change. We ran an Education Drive that helped in purchasing and printing of school study materials for every child under our care, following the government curriculum. These were in the forms of Homework Packages of school work that the children had missed to cover the academic/school year. These were delivered to every household in which all the children under our care dwell, with instructions. If they couldn’t go to school as was the case then, we had to take the school to them. The Education Drive kept them home and allowed their parents to support their continuous learning amidst the drastic lock-down measures imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most importantly these children were empowered to have a fighting chance at competing with the rest of the children who had access to online and other ed-tech learning.

 

Every year on May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated across the world to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling menstruating people to reach their full potential. Today, we join the rest of the world to commemorate the #MenstrualHygieneDay2020, driving the idea that #ItsTimeForAction.

In Uganda, one in every four adolescent girls who miss school do so because of menstruation-related problems (Adolescent Risk Behavior Study, 2017) and these mostly are in upper primary. If each girl misses a minimum of 8 days of school in a term, the implication is that she may be missing a lot in terms of learning and there is a likelihood of losing interest in their education. Falling behind and not having the possibility to catch up with the help of a teacher may eventually lead to drop out. This a major contributing factor to the low completion rates among girls in primary education.

While most Ugandan girls will get their period when they reach puberty, not all of them will have adequate access to the menstrual health supplies, sanitary facilities, and information to enable them to deal with it effectively. Through the Girls Arise Program (GAP), Edu Child Foundation Uganda spreads awareness to young adolescent girls in the communities that it serves, emphasizing the truth that Menstrual Hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of all women and girls and an important part of the basic hygiene, sanitation, and reproductive health services to which every woman and girl has a right. We believe that the improvement of girls’ menstrual hygiene improves general health and could reduce the spread of other diseases. Through GAP, we are empowering Ugandan rural girls in Nebbi by teaching them how to make reusable and eco-friendly sanitary towels that they can use when in their periods.

#raisinganempoweredgeneration

 

The Corona Virus Pandemic has spread all over the world, becoming a global pandemic. The spread of the virus has since brought governments and countries all over the world to a standstill, with almost all major institutions shut-down, and all community/social gatherings including businesses banned leaving only essential ones.

Uganda, has consequently not been spared as strong and tighter regulations including staying home have been imposed since March 20th, 2020, and this has been extended up-to-date as more cases of the virus in the country are unearthed every day. For now, over 60 Days of the lockdown in Uganda, a lot of families are struggling and most of all, those in peri-urban communities and the rural poor as cases of unemployment rise and resources for sustaining livelihood seem to get scarce.

Additionally, looking at the poor state of health facilities and medical services in most developing countries, including Uganda, the thought of a wide-spread scenario of COVID-19 puts thousands or millions of lives of those in most vulnerable states at very high risk. It is, therefore, against this background, that Edu Child Foundation Uganda preferred to take a strong stand on prevention of this dangerous scenario in remote communities of Nebbi District (Jupangira Sub-county), stepping in to provide preventative solutions such as providing much-needed handwashing kits to major social and community centers, as well as engaging in community sensitization efforts to raise awareness about the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting basic prevention measures at homesteads in the communities of reach.

Additionally, Edu Child Foundation Uganda, besides carrying out sensitization about staying safe in the communities in Nebbi, also decided to complement government efforts on food distribution; giving a special helping hand to the communities served, especially to address the extreme hunger cases in the villages as many people have been staying 2-3 days without food, especially those who mainly depended on daily income and this category constitutes the majority of the labor force in the country. Through this drive, we have been able to provide much-needed food supplies such as rice, cornflour, cooking oil, beans, and salt to at least 90 families that could push them for about a month.

Our office is open and operational and actively engaged in positive community engagements, helping offer redress to the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the communities that we serve here in Uganda.

 

Following the second wave of Covid-19 that invaded Uganda recently resulting into another phase of tight lockdown measures, the responsibility of curbing down it's impact in rural communities fell directly on the village community stakeholders.As an organization, these past weeks we have been directly engaging with the key leaders and stakeholder of Jupangira Sub-county where most of our interventions are concentrated, to forge strategic response measures and needs, including formation of village Task-force to help ensure any arising cases of infections or needs arising from this new wave are promotly responded to.Today we are meeting with the stakeholders of Jupangira parish considting of Village Health Teams, Local Council Chairs and councilors, Community Health workers, and local security organs. Today's meeting is bringing together leaders from Jupuyik, Jupuriek, Boma East and Jupachora Villages. As an organization, we greatly believe in localizing means and solutions to the challenges of those we serve, and this is why we directly engage with our stakeholders in these communities to ensure they are a part of those identifying and implementing responses to the many arising challenges thag the communities face. #raisinganempoweredgeneration #buildinghealthycommunities#ecfugwww.ecfug.org ... See MoreSee Less
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A beautiful day we had today, connecting and deliberating on many beautiful ideas to propel our efforts in improving the quality of lives of those we serve in Jupangira Parish. Process by process, we are heading towards our goal of raising a generation of empowered children, women and youth in the communities we serve. Sometimes we ride over rocks, some times - mountains, on some occasions - mud, and sometimes it is all flat and beautiful. No matter the terrain, we have chosen to always keep moving, keep going, and yes - process by process. We are forever grateful to all those who have chosen never to quit, but keep going with us. We are constantly encouraged by your faith, inspirations, and most of all prayers that you make for us. #raisninganempoweredgeneration #ecfug www.ecfug.org ... See MoreSee Less
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It is the 19th Day of 42-Days lockdown in Uganda that came about as a result of the various new Covid-19 variants. For rural school-going children whose families mainly depend on subsistence agriculture for livelihood, these 42 days have meant dropping off of books to engage more in farm work, contrary to those who have access to ed-tech learning in urban spaces. For the young girls in these communities, this also doubles with their responsibility to shoulder home showers, which in most cases deprive them of the chance to continue learning at the end of the day. We are grateful for the opportunity we have, effective JULY 19TH, to stand by their side during this time and reach out to provide them with hard copies of learning materials to help them catch up with the gaps they are experiencing in this season as they are off school. Just as we did in the same season in 2020, we grateful to God once again to be in a position to show up for these kids, most especially the 100 children under our care. We never cease appreciating, especially those who have stood with us over the years to make this call a reality.#raisninganempoweredgeneration#educateachildproject#ecfugwww.ecfug.org ... See MoreSee Less
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Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, Tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I HAVE JUST ONE DAY, TODAY, AND I’M GOING TO BE HAPPY IN IT.Blessed Monday to all.#ecfug#raisinganempoweredgeneration ... See MoreSee Less
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