- Girls are more likely to become pregnant than they are to finish primary school. Nearly 1 in 3 Ugandan girls are mothers by the age of 18.
- Approximately 35% of girls drop out of school because of early marriage and 23% do so because of pregnancy.
- 1 out of 3 menstruating girls miss at least one day of school per month due to menstruation.
“I want other girls to learn from my story that they can make it to higher heights.”
~ Amanicia Spencer, age 14
“Girls and boys should not give up. (I also want) boys respecting girls. It’s a good thing. Even girls are human beings and should not be taken as animals.”
~ Viola Namboowa, age 12
“Girls should know that when people say that you are not good enough, it doesn’t mean that you are actually not good enough.”
~Awori Victoria, age 10
“I want to share my story because I am proud of the decision that I made, because if I had not, then I would not have changed into what I am today. I want girls to learn how to make personal decisions that will change their lives for the better.”
~ Nakato Mary Bridget, age 12I know that this is a big project with tremendous possibility for impact. How can our readers support you in turning your book idea into a reality? MW: We invite readers to donate to our fundraiser to help us get our book published, printed and out into the world! Here’s the link to donate: We Have Something To Say: True Stories Written By Adolescent Girls Growing Up In The Slums Of Kampala” Every dollar is a vote of confidence, so thank you in advance for your donation. No amount is too small or too big! If 400 people contribute $40 to our campaign, we will turn our book idea into a reality!! We are creating a new generation of leaders who will solve world problems like poverty, inequality, war, AIDS and hunger, simply by supporting adolescent girls. Will you join us?
Megan Walrod, Founder of Live Your Yes, is an author, speaker and heart-based business coach. Over the past decade she has shown hundreds of entrepreneurs how to build profitable and purposeful businesses. She is passionate about empowering women (and girls) to find their voice, claim their value and share their gifts with the world.
Currently, Megan is “Living Her Yes” in Uganda. Following a calling and a deep desire to pay her privilege forward, she is volunteering with the non-profit Girl Up Initiative Uganda. To find out more details about their book project and how you can get involved, click here: https://igg.me/at/BSKpc2yIaq0