The adolescent girls served by the Umoja Project, many of whom live without strong adult support, face enormous obstacles to completing the education needed for self-supporting work and livelihood. Family pressures and responsibilities, sexual exploitation that often leads to pregnancy, and cultural norms which discourage equal opportunities all diminish girls’ futures.
The Girls Empowerment Team of the Umoja Project (GET UP) empowers these girls through programs focusing on health education, positive relationships, life skills and girls’ rights. Community women are trained to serve as mentors, and professional women provide vocational guidance. With effective support, girls learn to GET UP instead of giving up.
The Umoja Project also provides sanitary towels for 500 girls each year at a cost of $10 per girl per year. These basic provisions are critical for a girl to attend school regularly and perform well.