Girl child marriage is one of the challenges many girls have to face, especially in Rwenzori region of Uganda as well as other developing world. It remains a global health and human right issue as it does not only deprive young girls of their childhood and even their education, but also puts them in serious health risk. In Uganda, child marriage is a wide spread practice. According to Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) from 2011, the county ranks 16th among 25 countries with 46% of girls marrying before the age of 18 years and 12% before they reaching 15 years. The reasons are many; parents’ ignorance on the risks associated with marrying girls at an early age, poverty and illiteracy as well as traditional norms and practices. Despite being illegal in Uganda, the practice of child marriage is still socially accepted and therefore it is important to fight it at the community level, raising awareness of the serious issues it brings.
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he program is also helping settle land conflicts within Rwenzori region and ensuring advocacy for human rights.
Your contribution support will help in promoting peace and conflict reconciliation in our country
Uganda is an energy-deficient country, with supply unable to meet demand for both domestic and industrial use. About 98 percent of energy consumption need of rural Uganda is met from biomass sources derived from the forest, shrub land, and animal waste and crop residues with lots of smoke having direct negative impact on environment and health, especially causing respiratory and eye diseases cooking is associated with long hours spent collecting increasingly scarce wood. The diminishing wood fuel supplies and the increasing prices of both firewood and charcoal make it difficult for some households to cook more than one meal a day.
REP has introduced a new initiative of very useful model to compress recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, sawdust, soil and organic waste, to make fuel for cooking, which is equal or superior to charcoal. The resultant briquettes are also cost-effective and can be made to produce less smoke, thus being beneficial in terms of human health.
With only 5% of the rural population having access to electricity, more than 90% of the country’s total energy needs in Uganda come from biomass sources. Of this, wood accounts for 80%, charcoal 10% and crop residues at nearly 41%. The project has the following key benefits:-
The project is being boosted with production of cheap clean energy saving cooking stoves for rural households and schools. Biomass production is initiative is also under way.
Please support this cause and help to improve sustainable green energy solutions in needy societies.
Uganda’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is increasing once again with at over 500,000 people have been infected with the virus in the past recent years (source: IRIN, 2012) and many people in Uganda don’t know their HIV status.
The project is targeting at raising awareness on prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS epidemic disease which aims at reducing the spread of HIV infection, mitigate the health and socioeconomic impact of HIVAIDS at individuals, household and community levels.