Every year thousands of girls in Uganda drop out of education because of a lack of sanitary solutions. The Develop with Dignity Project, run by Wrexham charity Teams4U, is helping tackle this problem by visiting schools and providing packs of reusable sanitary pads to girls aged between 13 and 19. The project also provides information on HIV/AIDS and cervical screening.
Two volunteers from Wrexham, James and Sarah Sankey, are in Uganda for a year and will be visiting all 56 schools taking part in the project to measure its impact.
James is a project manager for Wrexham Council’s programme to help young adults into employment, and Sarah has worked at Bryn Tirion Hall school.
A team of volunteers from the UK, including a number from North Wales, are in Uganda from the 21st 31st October to carry out training and school visits.
Teams4U’s work has been supported by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.
Speaking after the visit in Kumi Vaughan Gething said:
“This project is making a real difference by helping girls stay on in education. This will make a real and lasting impact on their futures.
“Develop with Dignity is one of the many projects I’ve seen which have highlighted the positive link between Wales and Uganda.
“I look forward to seeing how the project develops.”
Vaughan Gething was in Uganda to see some of the projects and meet some of the people who have benefited from Wales for Africa as part of the programmes tenth anniversary.