Everywoman International Initiatives
THE PADER GIRLS ACADEMY
The Pader Girls’ Academy (PGA), situated in Pader, Uganda, is a haven for 250 young Northern Ugandan girls and their 70 babies. Many of the girls were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as “brides” and following the war found themselves without family, or ostracized on return to village life. PGA is the only school in Uganda where babies can live with their mothers while they attend school. Without this facility the girls would remain uneducated and unable to provide an income for themselves and their children.
In 2007 Ps Chris Pringle visited the area and met Alice Achan, the founder of PGA. From the outset this was clearly a divine appointment and a God breathed connection was birthed which has flourished into a shared dream and passion to see women live free from persecution in an environment of healing and equipping. With the faithful support of EveryWoman, the construction of a vocational training centre has now been completed. The centre, which takes the form of a Guest House opened in 2012 generating an income for PGA and providing an avenue for the girls to attain a qualification in the hospitality industry. This has enabled them to find permanent employment so they can provide for their infants and guarantee a secure future.
We would like to acknowledge our project partner, Global Development Group, who have overseen the progress of this project and joined hand in hand with us to see it come to completion. As a whole this project is astounding and has been described by one of the Global Development auditors as "unique to Northern Uganda".
Currently, Everywoman is now proudly supporting the Pader Girls Academy Educational Sponsorship Program. This program, which works in conjunction with the Guesthouse, helps to further the education of underprivileged young mothers in Northern Uganda and assists them into the workforce. High School graduates receive ongoing vocational training at the Guesthouse in either hospitality, catering and/or tailoring.
The Guesthouse now functions in this way with 30 girls being sponsored in 2013 to train in hospitality, food preparation, reservations, accounting procedures and reception. In addition, we are sponsoring 4 privileged girls to complete their 2 year midwifery diploma. With the ongoing support of C3 Everywomen, we hope to increase the vocational scholarships to 50 this year and the midwifery scholarships to 6 or 8.
This project is helping to change the lives many young woman, who without Alice and her team, would have faced a bleak future for themselves and their infants.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
By Sponsoring a Mum or by making a one off donation to Pader Girls Academy:
- $45 supports one girl and her infant including medical expenses for one month
- $150 provides a 6 month Vocational Training Scholarship
- $300 provides a 12 month Vocational Training Scholarship
- $2,000 provides a midwifery or nursing scholarship for one year
ALL DONATIONS TO THIS PROJECT ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP (ABN NO: 57102400993) PROJECT NO: J740
Tax deductible receipts with a preference for this approved aid and development project will be issued by Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993) or C3 Church Ltd (ABN 95 002 558 134) for Project J740. Terms and conditions apply. For more information please visitwww.globaldevelopment.org.au