The Facebook Page “Ruhanga” was established to keep those who have stayed in Ruhanga and developed a relationship with the community up-to-date with events and developments there.
There was a broad view that posts on the page wouldn’t continually ask readers to dip into their pockets, but perhaps inevitably, in an area rich in aspiration but poor in cash terms, sometimes a little “dipping” is required!
Most will be aware that girls and women in the area carry out a “traditional” role despite child raising, generating family income through farming and shouldering other responsibilities whilst holding the family together often in the face of chronic adversity.
Reflecting official government moves to eliminate discrimination against women in official policy and practice, with a Ugandan lawyer, Rebecca Kadaga, being the current Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and the introduction of a policy that one woman will represent each district on the National Resistance Council in Uganda.
Women in Ruhanga have established their own empowerment project that provides advice and support to women there about how to increase their income and how to save for the future, to enable them to take control of their own lives and destinies whilst teaching more girls in the community how to help bring control to their lives through sound investment and business ideas.
The charity Let Them Help Themselves has been at the forefront of providing support and assistance to such initiatives and one of their current campaigns is to ensure that girls in Ruhanga acquire marketable and transferable skills to enable them to have an equitable chance of accessing work and/or creating their own employment opportunities in the local economy.
As part of this they have been working with the community and other stakeholders to develop a skills development provision where girls can access vocational training in bike repairs, tailoring and computer skills.
This centre is now running successfully thanks to the support of those like yourself and is in need of expansion to ensure the girls have the necessary access to the training and equipment they require.
Whilst the girls and women in Ruhanga can provide the hard work and commitment, they simply cannot afford to build infrastructures such as classrooms and so need to reach out to friends such as yourself to help secure that better future that will cascade down the generations.
Can you dip into your pocket and make a contribution to give the local economy in Ruhanga an uplift?
If you can, please do so through the link below.
Please express your interest in this initiative by giving ~ even just a little.