Uganda has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Sub-Saharan African region, attributing 25% of these pregnancies to 15-19 year-old girls especially in the Eastern Uganda. Statistics shows that in the next ten years, 5.5 million children will be born to teenage mothers. This implies that not only are they part of the future, they are actively rising a future.
Through our organisation; Hangout Foundation, we take responsibility as young people every year to; support, give back and network with fellows in our community as we celebrate the International Youth Day through our #IgangaYouthDay campaign.
In a bid to advocate for active citizenship; we have carried out community service and activities for the past 3 years engaging over 500 youths from all over the country, fundraising to donate to Iganga Hospital’s Pediatric Ward, Town cleaning and offering training and inspiration to hundreds of young people.
This year, we are supporting teenage mothers as a way of improving the social-cultural environment, and in order to avert social stigma for young mothers to feel socially accepted and supported.
We have trained volunteers who are willing to support these young mothers attain ﬁnancial stability for them to sustainably care for their young ones, build a foundation for them to run small scale businesses and also for them to earn sustainable income.
It is our hearts’ desire that we attain extra support from all over the world to contribute towards the young mothers and the future generation they are they are actively raising. All the machines and any other resources raised from the fundraiser will be handed over to the young mothers on Iganga Youth Day event, on 10th August 2019 at Sikezy hotel in Iganga.
See what we did 2018: As we put young people together to fundraise to donate baby food to Iganga District Main Hospital Pediatrics Ward. See video below
It’s the little things that we often overlook that can help us create the change we all want to see in the world. If we join efforts to raise funds needed for more tailoring machines and support rather than criticism and judgment to these mothers, then we’ll be all positively impacting a future of over 5.5 million people in just a small moment.