GirlBe was founded to address the struggles of girls in Uganda. Since 2011, we ran a community embedded program that excelled in providing girls in low income communities with a safe and fun space to commune, study and participate in creative practices.
However, the rampant rates of teenage pregnancies in the community raised our concern. Annually, there are more than 300,000 teenage pregnancies and only 1 out of 10 girls is noted to go back to school after pregnancy. This leaves many girls stuck in abusive early marriages and little prospects for their futures.
To change this narrative, we are setting up a secondary school for teenage mothers. We want to re-integrate these girls into school so that they can have a chance to complete their basic education, in order to prepare them for further development opportunities in the long term.