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Immense Impact Of The ‘Ndi-Mwana’ Project

The Aliguma Foundation's continuation program, "Ndi Mwana: The Cry of a Girl Child," is a commendable initiative aimed at addressing the challenges faced by girls in schools and communities, particularly in underprivileged areas in 2023. This program focuses on two crucial aspects: menstrual hygiene management and promoting gender equality through sports. It has made a telling impact.

Beyond Boundaries: Aliguma Foundation CEO Ritah Aliguma (foreground right) has been at the forefront of ensuring not only the girl-child but also the boy-child is taken care of by always giving sanitary pads and footballs to every school the foundation has visited especially upcountry since the year started. (Photo/AF Media)

Menstrual Hygiene Management

One of the primary barriers to girls' education in many developing communities is the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. The Aliguma Foundation tackles this issue head-on by distributing sanitary pads to girls in schools and communities.

This initiative not only helps girls manage their menstruation with dignity but also ensures that they do not miss school due to this natural process. By providing a consistent supply of sanitary pads, the program contributes to keeping girls in schools and empowers them to pursue their education without interruptions.

Promoting Gender Equality through Sports

In addition to addressing menstrual hygiene needs, the program takes a holistic approach to gender equality. By distributing sports equipment like soccer balls amongst others, the Aliguma Foundation encourages both girls and boys to participate in sports.

Care For The Boy-Child: A teacher volunteers to distribute basic needs for teenagers at the visit of Kinuuma Primary School in Masindi District. (Photo/AF Media)

This inclusive approach challenges traditional gender stereotypes, promoting the idea that girls have an equal right to participate in sports and physical activities.

Engaging in sports not only fosters teamwork and leadership skills but also boosts self-esteem and confidence, empowering girls to excel in various aspects of life.

Powerful Message

The Aliguma Foundation's "Ndi Mwana" program recognises the interconnectedness of these two initiatives. By providing sanitary pads and sports equipment simultaneously, the foundation sends a powerful message that girls' well-being, education, and empowerment are essential for building strong and thriving communities.

This program not only addresses immediate needs but also lays the foundation for a more equitable and prosperous future, where every girl child has the opportunity to reach her full potential.

Creating Hope: Aliguma Foundation's Life Coach Shirley Akeso (C) is always a happy leader willing to join the pupils and students to lead the entertainment sessions. (Photo/AF Media)

Through its commitment to menstrual hygiene management and gender equality, the Aliguma Foundation's "Ndi Mwana: The Cry of a Girl Child" continuation program is making a lasting impact on the lives of girls in schools and communities, fostering a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Several communities right from Acholi Quarters in Kinawataka-Kireka (Banda Parish) to Kinuuma Village in Masindi District have all been positively impacted and many more are set to benefit in many ways.


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