Hello, I'm Judith Linda Amito, an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and a passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of girls in Northern Uganda. I'm reaching out to you today with a project that aims to transform the lives of young girls in our community and break the cycle of poverty and inequality.
As a Pioneer member of the Butterfly Project and the founder of the Girls Hub Project, I have witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by girls in the Acholi Quarters and small villages of Northern Uganda. During my training as a change maker with Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network under the Butterfly Project, I began working with displaced girls, providing them with essential skills, reading opportunities, and a glimmer of hope.
"At one of the village needs assessment meetings"
Over the years, I've seen the need for a more comprehensive approach. Many girls miss school during their periods due to a lack of sanitary pads, and some can't even wash their uniforms because they can't afford soap or even basic school requirements like pens, books and bags. Hunger is a daily struggle for many, and the dream of continuing their education seems out of reach. Parents often prioritize other responsibilities over their daughters' education.
"Above:Sourcing for items(bags, books, pens) in kampala schools"
"Below:Some of the girls in the North receiving books from the outsourced items"
The Girls Hub Project envisions a brighter future for these girls. We have planned a trans formative three-day workshop to address these pressing issues. We aim to empower 100 girls from eight different schools in the Sub-county, including 20 who have dropped out, with the following activities:
Sanitary Pad Production: We'll teach the girls to make reusable sanitary pads, ensuring they can attend school with confidence every day.
Soap Making: Girls will learn to make soap, providing a solution to washing their uniforms and improving hygiene.
Sustainable Farming: We'll introduce kitchen and balcony gardening to combat hunger and empower girls to generate income by selling produce.
Digital Literacy: Most have never had access to computers. We'll introduce them to technology, opening doors to education and networking opportunities.
Reading and Spelling Clubs: Fostering a love for reading and improving educational outcomes.
Inspiration from Female Leaders: We'll bring in influential women to inspire and motivate these girls to finish school.
Why Crowdfunding Matters:
We need your support to make this workshop a reality and ensure its sustainability. Your contribution will:
- Provide materials for sanitary pad and soap making.
- Establish gardening plots and provide essential supplies.
- Set up a temporary computer lab and internet access.
- Create a mobile library and reading materials.
- Bring inspiring leaders and motivational speakers.
.One day workshop; meals, different materials for soap making and sanitary pad production-£500
Stretch target 1- £2000 breakdown as below for a 3-day workshop
Materials for Sanitary Pad Production:
- Fabric, sewing machines, threads, scissors, and other sewing supplies.
- Cost: £350
Soap Making Supplies:
- Ingredients for soap production, molds, mixing tools, and safety equipment. Cost: £200
Gardening Tools and Supplies:
- Seeds, soil, pots, gardening tools, and training materials.
- Cost: £250
Meals and Refreshments:
- Providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks for participants for three days.
- Cost: £500
- Notebooks, pens, pencils, and other stationery for participants.
- Cost: £150
Computer Lab Hiring:
- Renting computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, chairs, tables, and internet access for the workshop.
- Cost: £450
- A reserve for unexpected expenses.
- Cost: £100
Total Budget (GBP): £2,000
For ability to establish a more permanent library and computer lab to help with future workshops we need to purchase our own computers, shelves, books and routers.
Total=£5,000 stretch target
By supporting the Girls Hub Project, you're not just changing lives; you're shaping futures. Your donation will empower these girls to stay in school, gain valuable skills, and break free from the cycle of poverty. Together, we can make a lasting difference.
Join us in empowering Northern Ugandan girls to dream big, learn, and thrive. Your contribution, no matter how small, will create ripples of positive change in our community. Together, we can turn dreams into reality.
Thank you for being a part of this journey toward a brighter future for these girls.