End of Year Update: WAIT Uganda and Girl-Child Project
WAIT Uganda was started in 2007 as a youth project. It reaches out to schools where the team uses the medium of Performing Arts to teach pupils the danger of HIV/AIDS and the value of abstinence in order to stay safe and healthy.
Presently, the outreach is restricted as only £60 per month is provided by IRFF to cover the cost of travel, food and materials for the volunteers. If this were doubled, much more help could be provided by WAIT Uganda in saving young peoples’ lives!
The Girl-Child Project works alongside WAIT Uganda to visit schools and communities to support girls and young women with basic hygiene and understanding of their menstrual cycles. The volunteers also offer counselling, emotional support, reusable sanitary pads, and if funds are available, school materials too. As with WAIT Uganda, if the budget was doubled, more girls could be helped and prevented from missing their valuable school education!
On 4th – 5th Oct. 2017 the team headed to Masaka in Southern Uganda. They visited Butale Mixed Primary school, where they were welcomed by Head teacher Francis, the children, parents and teachers. Walking around the school, they saw the library, piggery project, kitchen, desks, and bore hole which were all sponsored by IRFF-UK. On that day the bore hole was launched. The school had a problem with the latrine which has a hole at the back.
They also visited the Masaka prison, and met with the inmates and officers. The activities they held included Liquid Soap Making and Counselling. In the evening, text books and scholastic materials were donated to the prison school.
WAIT Uganda and the Girl-Child Project have recently received a sewing machine from IRFF UK, and have been very busy teaching many girls how to make reusable sanitary pads. They have also started sharing their skills voluntarily to “Omukwano Gw’Amaama” women’s group – The Mother’s Love Cooperative formed by the new Working Board in Uganda.
The team plan to reach out to more communities and schools, for example at Butale Mixed Primary school they intend to teach the children how to mend torn uniforms, and make better reusable sanitary pads using sewing machines; at the moment they are using their hands to make low quality ones!
Finally, Florence, the director of Girl-Child Project tells us, “The new sewing machine is very good and very helpful, but it has brought an issue to our attention! As it takes time and practice to know how to handle the sewing machine properly, because most of our volunteers are learners, therefore to prevent mishandling of our good sewing machine, we request for one or two cheap sewing machines that can be used by learners, they’re easy to service and repair in case of any problem.”