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Bonga Girls Empowerment Program

Bonga was created to challenge the perception that girls are an economic burden and teach the girls ways to combat the negative consequences of poverty and oppressive cultural practices. Basic literacy and numeracy skills, life and occupational skills are imparted unto these girls through a 9 months period empowering them to be responsible citizens and making a contribution towards the development of their communities.

Background

Empower a girl and she will change the world

The Problem

Adolescent girls continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups in East Africa. In rural areas, there’s still much need to sensitize communities to see the girl child as valuable and important. Sadly, many are ending up married off young for wealth. They do not participate in family and community decision making, even on issues related to their own lives. The schools in rural areas leave much to be desired in terms of hygiene and convenience for girls in puberty.

The Bonga Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Program seeks to address the challenges faced by the adolescent girl. The plight of the adolescent girls in East Africa is very startling.

Our Response

The Bonga Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Program is being implemented in Eastern, North Eastern and Northern Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya where so many girls have not had a chance to start or finish their education.

Over 3,000 adolescent girls have been economically and socially empowered through an informal nine months learning program. They have been able to utilize the skills to gain employment and even set up their own enterprises. The range of skills in which they have received training, include crafts making, weaving, bakery, hairdressing and tailoring.

We have set up Bonga fora (Follow Up Centres) for continuous experience sharing and advocacy on issues affecting the girl child, children and women.

Senior members in the communities where Bonga has been implemented have greatly appreciated it to the extent of replicating it for other girls who missed in the previous enrolments. Through their own initiative (95% community support) centers have been replicated where partners are only training the Super Girls (facilitators).

Focus Partners
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Featured Change Stories

It’s never too late to dream again

Mourine Kayent graduated in Bonga in 2015 under WENIPS-SFEA partnership. She and two other girls were supported with a sewing machine as a start up kit which they use now for their tailoring business.

Some of these girls in communities like Masai Mara were married off young and because of not being able to study have very low self esteem. But Bonga has changed the story for many of them. They are more confident and know that contributing to the welfare of their family and community is their right.

Barbra Nayiga Donor Liaison Officer, SFEA
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Bonga follow up centres established in 2016

1,429

Bonga (Shonglap) girls reached

900

graduate Bonga girls

3,000

Adolescent girls have been economically and socially empowered.