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Mums Read Kids Succeed Project Begins in Uganda

Mums Read Kids Succeed Project Begins in Uganda

We are delighted to share that our #MumsReadKidsSucceed project has started in the Oyam and Kiryandongo Districts in Uganda. It’s been an exciting few months laying the groundwork to get the project up and running.

Local knowledge and community ownership are vital if projects are to succeed. That’s why we invest time to meet with community leaders, as well as the people the project will benefit.

Each community has been involved in choosing a site for their local ‘mothercare space’. Young mums will visit them to receive training and vital health care services. These 40 centres will help us reach some of the estimated 70-78% of young mums who currently have no access to health services.

We know that an educated mother is more likely to be healthier, more economically stable and better able to take care of her children. This includes vaccinating their children against preventable diseases and providing more nutritious meals. They also have the skills to nurture their children’s learning from their earliest days.

We’ve created a tailored learning programme for mothers to teach their children literacy and numeracy. 10 community based trainers have already been hired and trained to deliver these activities.

We’re now in a fantastic position to start changing the lives of over 2,000 young mums. It’s only thanks to generous supporters like you that they will learn critical literacy and childcare skills to help their children not just survive, but succeed.

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