Just like the rest of the world, COVID19 had a deep impact on the community of Kanungu and their adolescent girls. GTLA stepped in quickly to take action and provide support to those who needed it most.
Children in Kanungu do not have access to tv, newspapers, internet and the signal reception of radio is too poor rendering online learning nearly impossible
In July, we implemented a home learning initiative together with a team of teachers who were also rendered redundant due to Covid-19 and closure of schools. 330 total students benefited of that was 245 adolescent girls in P3-P6. We distributed 330 learning booklets to aid the students and the teachers in learning from home.
Reusable Sanitary Towels
Even when schools are closed, sanitary pads are a basic need which the girls must have. We provided reusable sanitary pads to 500 girls. Each girl received a packet that contained four reusable pads and a pouch for carrying the pads. This packet can take the girl for one year (12 menstrual cycles).
We launched Girl-Safe Boda to help prevent teenage pregnancies and child marriages
On the other hand, Bodas have an organised network and hence can pass on information quicker than any other medium in rural areas like Kanungu where many people don’t have phones, connection to internet and TV coverage
Boda Bodas know the tactics men use to lure girls into formication since the Bodas use the same tactics and they are men themselves. So it becomes effective when we “set a thief to catch a thief”
Boda Bodas who are fathers to teenage girls will protect girls because they are protecting their daughters. If every boda guards their daughter jealousy, girls will have an organised network of guards.
We have distributed free reflector jackets to all members of Girl-Safe Boda for easy identification. So when girls are looking for a boda to take them, they look out for a Girl-safe Boda because they are assured of their safety since a Girl-safe Boda won’t violate them.
Therefore, Girl-Safe Bodas will champion the fight against teenage pregnancies and child marriages. This will in turn ensure that many girls will resume schooling once schools reopen.
Girl Safe Boda was reported about here (Kanungu District Launches Girl Safe Boda against Teenage pregnancies)
We have distributed free reflector jackets to all 300 members of Girl-Safe Boda for easy identification. So when girls are looking for a boda to take them, they look out for a Girl-safe Boda because they are assured of their safety since a Girl-safe Boda won’t violate them.
Temperature Guns for Schools
Purchase of 30 Infrared Thermometers (Temperature Guns) When schools opened in October 2020, the government gave strict rules to follow. Temperature of each student was to be measured and recorded daily. Government did not provide thermometers to be used. The rural schools to which our students go could not afford a temperature gun Therefore, with part of this grant, we purchased and donated 30 temperature guns and trained relevant administrators on how to use them, change batteries and maintain them.
NOTE: Because most schools are affiliated to religious organizations, the donated temperature guns are also being used by the churches and mosques where the schools are based. This is therefore helping!
Helping students returning to school
Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed with 36 schools (six (6) secondary schools, two (2) tertiary institutions and 28 primary schools)
Furthermore, we paid tuition for students in six (6) additional tertiary institutions although MoUs have not yet been signed with them.
In total, students whose tuition has been paid are spread across 42 institutions of learning.GTLA cleared Primary Leaving Examination registration fees for 28 schools. Each school had on average between 25-65 pupils in Primary seven
In total, 747 students from primary, secondary and tertiary/University have directly benefited from a tuition scholarship supported by Girls To Lead Africa.