Kids Canada works with several organizations on the ground. Together we share programs and ideas to move all of our programs forward for our kids and youth.
Today was no exception. I was so excited that Bosco Lusagala from Great Valley Children’s Centre met with PTMOF teachers at Samlange Nursery and Daycare to look at their program and to work together to take Samlange to another level. Samlange is a Pelletier Teenage Mother’s Foundation (PTMOF) initiative in Uganda to support vocational programs for teen mothers.
Solome Nanvule is the founder and director of PTMOF. Her vision is to reach out to teen mothers between the ages of 12 to 20 years who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. These young girls are stigmatized and experience farther abuse from their community because of cultural beliefs that young girls should not have sex outside of marriage. Sadly, it is not uncommon for teen moms in Canada to be judged without thought as well.
Solome informed me that some tribes today still marry off their daughters at the age of 12 for dowries. Poverty forces many young girls to drop out of school to work in the city as house maids from the age of 11 to 20. This often places them in vulnerable positions to be abused by their employers.
PTMOF supports these young girls by providing vocational skills for self reliance through classes led by local artists and businesses.
Current PTMOF projects include onsite businesses. The teen moms bake cakes and bread in an oven that was donated by PTMOF friends in Canada. The girls also run a Hair Salon and a Day Care Centre.
Kids Canada supports PTMOF to connect with other organizations in Kampala and in Canada. Through these connections sustainable projects are shared. Currently PTMOF is seeking sponsors for the PTMOF children at Samlange Nursery and Daycare. $65 CND will provide books, pencils, lunches and classes for one term (3 months) $25 CND will provide one school uniform for one child.
Today PTMOF, Sosolya and I finally got the opportunity to meet Tony Arsh Kabuye who works for both Step Up Uganda and Action Save Uganda. Thank you my two lovely American young friends, Melanie DuChateau and Kathy Darnell, for connecting us!
I see the happy faces of those working hard on the ground for the at risk kids and youth of Kampala -all working independently but now generously sharing ideas and supporting each other. Most importantly I witness the light in their eyes as each realizes that they their kids now have access to more resources -that every new connection now means at least one more kid is going to move faster towards their own dreams.