The Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) project.

Female nursing students in their uniform

PCE (Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation) seek to break the cycle of poverty, promote sustainable, community-driven change and help empowered communities to take charge of their own development. PCE’s main focus is on capacity building in and for rural communities, especially the education and empowerment of vulnerable girls, women and children. Community participation and leadership is key to the organisation and they believe this helps sustain positive change. PCE aims to do this by enhancing knowledge and skills within rural communities and to promote the exchange of information and best practices through education, mentorship, advocacy and strategic partnerships for social, cultural and economic development.

The RGCM Uganda project was founded in 2012 and is a growing mentorship programme designed to help poor rural Ugandan girls attend school. Only 1 in every 200 rural Ugandan girls receive any post-secondary education, often due to reasons such as chronic poverty, HIV, cultural beliefs that education is “wasted” on girls, long-distance walks to schools, lack of sanitary support, domestic violence, and other challenges.

Each rural Ugandan girl involved in the project is connected with a mentor who cover funding at the Secondary and Tertiary/ University levels and also helps nurture her vision for a brighter future. To date, the program has supported 195 young women, and 25 young men. The program covers boarding secondary schools, nursing courses, primary schools teacher training and bachelor degrees. The funding pays for fees, meals, accommodation, equipment, uniforms, transportation and letter exchanges.

Since the beginning of the project, 18 students have graduated from different colleges and universities. In December 2018, 19 university students will graduate, 9 nurses and 1 primary school teach will also complete their final examinations in December.

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