Nearly 1 in every 2 girls in Uganda is married before the age of 18. In Uganda, child marriage is often a result of poverty. Many parents marry their daughters in the hope of securing their financial security. Bride prices are also a motivation to parents: a younger bride means a higher bride price for the family. Limited access to education for girls, traditional and social norms, which dictate that girls are married at a young age in order to fulfil their role as a wife and mother, play a role too. In addition, displaced population living in refugee camps often feel unable to protect their daughters from rape. Marrying them off to a warlord or other authority figure is seen as a form of protection. The minimum age of marriage legally in Uganda is 18 years for both girls and boys, but a girl can marry at 16 with parental consent. As an initiative to end child marriage, on 16 June 2015, the Government of Uganda launched the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage and its first ever National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy (2014/2015 – 2019/2020), which was developed in partnership with civil society organizations, including Girls Not Brides members in Uganda, and UN agencies. Led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the strategy contains a multi-sectorial monitoring and evaluation framework, as well as an indicative budget for the implementation of the strategy. UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. Uganda is a focus country of the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, a multi-donor, multi-stakeholder programme working across 12 countries over four years. In Teso this problem is aggravated by Boda-boda men, drunkard and drugs addict who lure the girls into sex with their cash or rape them and eventually intends to marry the girl to obstruct any intention of the parents to lodge a defilement case. We intend to address the growing challenge of child mothers and girl child abuse in Uganda now at 22%, out of the 5.2 million children arising from abject poverty, especially in rural areas where young girls as early as twelve years, are married away for material gains like bride price and petty gifts, subjecting the girl child’s future to doom with untold harsh realities of child bearing and family management coupled with stigma and psychological trauma. The child mothers are further exposed to life threatening risks like contraction of HIV Aids virus, and death at childbirth. Very many girl children undergo this horrible tale of injustice in the remote villages insulated by a very repugnant status quo that needs to be challenged through sensitisation, advocacy, rehabilitation and empowerment of the victims and the communities in question.

Kindly join us to improve livelihoods by donating €100 per child so that we offer them poultry projects of 20 birds with its amenities inshallah. We also wish to distribute sowing machines to the beneficiaries so that they may earn daily income from tailoring and be able to support themselves inshallah.