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Build Africa UK Aid Match appeal raises £464,618 for young mums in Uganda

Build Africa UK Aid Match appeal raises £464,618 for young mums in Uganda
Janet, a young mum from Masindi in Uganda (© Juozas Cernius 2017)

Build Africa’s #MumsReadKidsSucceed appeal raised an astonishing £464,618 to support young mums and their families in rural Uganda.

The appeal, which ran from 27 September to 27 December 2017, was backed by UK Aid Match from the Department for International Development – meaning donations would be matched “pound-for-pound” by the UK Government.

Of the £464,618 we received in donations, £420,987 is eligible for matched funding. This means we can now reveal the incredible total of £885,605, all thanks to generous donations from our supporters. People just like you.

The #MumsReadKidsSucceed appeal was launched to teach reading and writing skills to young women in rural Uganda – where a low female literacy rate is having a devastating effect on child welfare and infant mortality.

The impact of this appeal can be seen with one powerful statistic: If a mother can read, her child is 50% more likely to live past five years old.

This is an area where poverty, child marriage and early pregnancy have cut short the education of many girls, leaving them without the vital literacy and numeracy skills that everyday life depends on. Shockingly, almost half of women in rural Uganda are unable to read.

For thousands of vulnerable young mothers this is devastating, as they lack fundamental skills that would help them earn enough to provide for their family, meet basic healthcare needs and support their children’s education.

The funds raised will support our vital education work, including a project working with over 2,000 young mums to help them learn these crucial skills, as well as access valuable health and nutrition services – so they can help their children not just survive, but succeed. Across three years, approximately 2,200 young mums, 2,000 young men and 15,000 children will be supported by the campaign.

The project will be starting in the Oyam and Kiryandongo Districts in Uganda later this year.