Young women are our future leaders. At the most formative time of their lives, we give them the knowledge and autonomy to learn about their bodies, health, and potential, while creating connections together.
Teen Girls Program
Meet Jhamim, a young woman in her Senior 4 year of school (Grade 12), with aspirations of one day becoming a health worker.
“Ugandans cannot survive without health workers,” explained Jhamim who plans to continue her high school education until Senior 6 so that she can enrol in a nursing course. She is a star-student by all accounts: a head girl and prefect, academically stellar, and the defending champion of the school’s debate team.
Jhamim’s participation in Shanti’s Teen Girls Workshop allowed her to gain newfound knowledge about puberty, nutrition, healthy relationships and role models. Above all, the workshop was able to connect Jhamim with fellow young women leaders, undoubtedly the face of Uganda’s future. When equipped with the right tools and knowledge, together these young women can accomplish anything.
About the Program:
Shanti Uganda’s Teen Girls workshops provide an essential service to bold young women who are defying the odds and creating a better life for themselves, their peers, families, and children. The Luwerro district has a 50% child marriage rate and one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, add to this a lack of reproductive health education within the government school system, and this mixture leaves girls in the local areas with few choices. Many of the girls who join our program have been forced out of school, and have lost parents and are living under the care of a grandmother or female relative.
Our program provides girls with a place to gather and learn from one another. Workshops give participants the skills, education, peer support, role models, leadership opportunities and life skills they need to live empowered healthy lives. This education allows them to make healthy choices, which contributes to a reduction in early pregnancy. Rights’ training empowers them to build healthy relationships, and make informed decisions.
Each teen girl gets the opportunity to make her own reusable menstrual pad and learn about nutrition, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, STIs, female role models and healthy relationships. Shanti Uganda’s Teen Girls Health & Wellness Program combines education, prevention & empowerment and works towards reducing teen pregnancy, improving maternal health and keeping young girls in school.