- The Mentorship Project
- For decades, 98% of the children and especially girls in rural Ugandan communities have been unable to complete high school. Only 0.5% will continue further for a tertiary training and graduate at a diploma level. This is due to the effects of chronic poverty, HIV, cultural beliefs that education is wasted on girls, and domestic violence.
- Although these girls currently live in situations where they have little hope for a future that doesn't include poverty and/or marriage at a young age, they have dreams of becoming educated, independent women who can effect change in Uganda in a variety of ways.
- Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) project is a one on one girl-to-mentor global nonprofit Mentorship program which helps poor rural Ugandan girls attend school and work toward achieving their dreams. Each rural Ugandan girl is connected to a Mentor who pays her school fees and helps nurture her vision for a brighter future. Today (since November 2011), 66 rural Ugandan girls have been matched with mentors from Australia, Europe and the United States.
- The Mentorship project is growing so fast and is being widely known from the grassroots to international levels.We, for example called for application for mentorship in March 2012 and 719 girls appied by July 2012, we then conducted interviews with the most qualifying 60 girls in August.
- Due to management challenges (limited funding, high operation costs and few local staffs), we selected only 26 most intelligent and motivated girls for 2013/2014 intake, on top of the 40 girls who became the pioneers in the year 2012.
- We are very grateful for the individuals, schools and groups who joined us from across the globe to Mentor and support these girls in their respective schools.
- Why One girl to One mentor project?
- As the Founder of Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) project, I have empathy for these girls. Ten years ago, I had little hope of attaining an education or acquiring a decent job. After staying home for two years due to a lack of school fees, I was extremely fortunate to find a mentor in the United States. She helped me finish my high school education and continued to support me in many ways while I pursued my dream of a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. Now that I have graduated, I have a good job and am able to support my mother and my 16 nieces and nephews. I am also now able to assist my community.
- For more information about how to support this project, please Contact Us.
News and Events
The New Peacepal Project
We are running a Peacepal Project (pen pal letter exchange project) between the students of Tororo, Uganda and that of the United States in partnership with PeacePal . 50 students ages 13-20 have been matched and are already exchanging letters. For a period of 8 months, the challenge of poverty and lack of funds for continued education has forced 14 of the 50 Ugandan students to get married. The good news is, we have continously found replacements for those who get marrried.