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.
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.
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).
Her Dad had four wives and close to 30 children. She was the third born of the 7 children between her mother and father. Kishuru’s father loved cows and preferred marrying off girls to get cows. He educated most boys because he believed they would enlarge and provide for the family unlike girls who would be married into other families.
Bonga follow up centres established in 2016
Bonga (Shonglap) girls reached
graduate Bonga girls
Adolescent girls have been economically and socially empowered.