Build Africa works with communities in rural areas of Kenya and Uganda to give people opportunities to escape poverty through education and improving livelihoods. In some areas of Uganda, 4 out of 5 girls drop out of school before completing their primary education because of poverty, discrimination and cultural beliefs regarding early marriage. We’ve harnessed the power of community radio to challenge some of the ideas that hold girls back. The weekly, participatory, show features a phone-in and thought provoking conversation listened to by around 170,000 people. It has changed attitudes and lives – like Sylvia’s, who we feature in this appeal. Help us to keep it running, reach more people and ensure that no girl is denied an education.
Beatrice at Kachumbala Township
Beatrice knows what it's like to be a bright young girl who has to drop out of school. After overcoming poverty and reaching university,Beatrice now supports 17 nieces and nephews. She works tirelessly to promote girls' education and show girls in rural communities that, like her, they can go on to achieve great things. (Beatrice talks to teenagers at Kachumbala Township)
Sylvia and family listen to the radio programme
Sylvia was 9 years old when she was taken out of school to care for her HIV positive mother. Now she's back at school and doing well, thanks to the radio show that encouraged her parents to think again about the value of education.
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