An idea changes lives
It all started with an idea. Angella Marjorie’s idea. Together with a handful of like-minded women, she wanted to do her bit. Her strong will and commitment turned the original idea into an organization that is supported by people from all over the world. Initially, they all rallied behind one vision: Let us start with small things to make a great impact eventually. And that is exactly what’s happening now – in six powerful projects that help girls and women in rural Uganda to improve their lives.
Figures that spur us on
schooldays a month. That’s the average absence rate of girls due to their menstruation.
teenage pregnancies a month result from lack of access to reproductive health education.
of school girls in rural Uganda have no access to adequate monthly hygiene.
Permaculture: small effort, big yields
70 percent of the Ugandan population work in agriculture, which makes soil quality a very important issue in the country’s rural areas. Much of the farmland, however, is exhausted. That is why we pro-mote a near-to-nature approach to agriculture called permaculture.
Enhancing independence and social status
Most women in Uganda are financially dependent on their husbands. This makes it close to impossible for single mothers or widows to build a life of their own. We want to support these vulnerable groups by helping them to secure a livelihood for themselves.
Easy access vs. privilege
Acquiring higher education or special skills is a privilege in rural Uganda, particularly for girls. Attending secondary school will often remain a dream for them. The reasons are manifold: lack of financial means, early marriages, and/or teenage pregnancies.
PAULA provides clean water
Most people in Mpigi have no access to clean water. They drink murky, contaminated water from waterholes that serve cattle and hu-mans alike. Gejja Women Foundation solves the issue by providing PAULA, a water purification plant.
Equal rights for all
In rural Uganda, social disadvantages and discrimination starts early. Girls and women rarely get the chance to live up to their potential. That is why Gejja Women Foundation strives towards gender equali-ty.
„Awareness is the first step towards equality, and mentruation is inevitable.”
Anna Hamacher, co-founder Gejja e.V.
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