The Hunger Project awarded UK Aid Grant to empower deaf girls in Uganda

Mar 11, 2019 | Latest News

The Hunger Project is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), the Department for International Development (DFID) fund supporting charities to achieve sustained poverty reduction.

The “Safe Choices for Deaf Girls” project aims to empower girls with hearing impediments in and around the Mbale district of Uganda, to make safe choices in their sexual and reproductive health, and have access to these health services which often underserve deaf girls.

We have been working in Uganda in partnership with local communities since 1999. Our approach is community-led and owned, empowering villages through the Epicentre Strategy so they themselves can end poverty and hunger for good. A key focus of our work is empowering women and girls to unleash their voice, vision and leadership to become agents of change in their communities.

Girls with disabilities have largely been overlooked when it comes to their sexual and reproductive rights. Because of their often isolated and marginalized position in families and communities, girls with disabilities are more likely to be exposed to risks of sexual violence, rape, early pregnancy, forced marriage and HIV infection than girls without disabilities. Additionally, school drop-out rates are also higher.

With this project, funded with UK aid from the UK government and British people, The Hunger Project-Uganda will train and empower deaf girls, and mobilise local community leaders to ensure girls have access to the services they need for a successful future, and to break the cycle of poverty and inequality, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are delighted with the funding from the Government’s Small Charities Challenge Fund for our work in Uganda. Over 18 months, “Safe Choices for Deaf Girls” will work to empower 200 deaf girls in the Mbale district, as well as creating youth leaders amongst these girls. 80 health workers will receive training so that health services are more accessible to those with hearing impediments, and training will be provided for 400 community leaders, including at least 40 parents, to ensure the rights of girls are protected.

We look forward to sharing more news of this project with you!