Part of VWB’s work in Uganda is to promote gender equality through female empowerment. In the picture below Dr. Laura McDonald poses in front of the hundreds of bras which she collected with the help of her friends in Canada. Some of these bras were given to young school girls as a thank you for attending a Women’s Empowerment Day which our team hosted.
Above is the outside of one of the classrooms at Kihwa Primary School, the first location where the Empowerment Day was held. We also followed up on last years “Pad’s Project” started by Sarah Zelinski which teaches girls to make their own reusable sanitary pads so they can continue attending class when they are menstruating.
The inside of school classrooms usually consist of attached benches/desks and a chalk board at the front of the classroom. The students must bring their own pencil and notebook and take these items with them at the end of the day. Here (below) we are teaching the girls about the importance of sexual health with the help of Vivian Namale (in yellow) who works tirelessly as our community liaison to organize and facilitate our community visits.
After spending the day with the girls it was most rewarding to see all of the smiles on their faces and to feel the appreciation that they have for our visits. This picture truly captures the beauty and resilience of the young women in Uganda.
Finally our team poses for a photo with the headmaster and teacher of Kihwa school as we exchange our thank-yous and goodbyes. This day has been a life changing experience for us and we leave the school with our hearts full.