Success Stories – Rising Stars

Creating a new generation of young women leaders who are economically independent and socially responsible.

MUKANDUGUTSE FLORENCE
School:

BUJUBULI SECONDARY SCHOOL

Being a Refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, Florence used to be short tampered and bitter. The project has transformed her from thinking that she is a Victim to knowing that she is a Winner, a GoNGetter, an Achiever and a Role Model for other girls in the Refuge Camp. One thing she knows for sure is that, wherever they take her, her transition into
adulthood and the economy will be successful. She wants to be a Doctor so that she supports
the health workers that are so few in the refuge camps.

ADONG LILLIAN
School:

POPE PAUL VI SCONDARY SCHOOL

After the Peace Corp Volunteers taught the young women to make(RUMPS (Re8Usable Menstrual Pads during the holiday boot camp, Lillian has trained 12 other girls in her school to make and sell them in the community. This has reduced the level of absenteeism for girls who used to miss 485 days a month due to lack of sanitary towels.

FELISTER TWESIGYE
School:

RWAMWANJA SECONDARY SCHOOL

From S.1 to S.2, I used to be very shy and my esteem was so low. Now, I don’t have any fears, I am in control of my destiny. Currently in S. 4, I have a lot of skills that my peers don’t have. The difference between me and other girls is that I have been empowered to face adolescence with clear perspectives. My parents, my family, my tribe or community can never tell me to marry young. I love my culture and I respect it, but I also know my rights and what is good for me…Education is the best weapon I will posses to break generational poverty in my family.

WIMANA FURAHA
School:

BUJUBULI SECONDARY SCHOOL

Furaha is in senior four at Bujubuli Secondary School. Being a Rising Star has greatly impacted her life; she learnt how to make baskets and mats that she sells to tourist. She has been able to help her parents when their financial situation was not good. She has saved 213,000/= (US$71) in her savings box. She is very confident about the future because her background will not shape her destiny, she has the power to write her narrative into the future.

ABEJA JENNIFFER
School:

EVEREST GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL

My name is Abeja Jeniffer and I am so proud to be a Rising Star. With the Entrepreneurship skills I gained from the project, I learnt how to make liquid soap. I have taught 20 other girls and my community members. I have saved 180,000/= (US 60) with the SACCO in my area and I plan to invest it. I also take leadership as a priority; I am now the Library Prefect and I also read news every Monday for the school. I am glad I discovered myself

ATIM GLADYS
School:

EVEREST GIRLS SECONDRY SCHOOL

My parents were killed during the war in Northern Uganda, but I have been taught not loose hope. Even though the school pays my tuition fees, it is a real struggle to get all the schools necessities. Last year, I even thought of dropping out of school due to financial pressures, I was depressed and I had no one to confide in. With support from my peers in the Mentoring Club, I have slowly gained self confidence and I see a great future because I can buy what I need without begging. As a way of “paying it forward,” after classes, I train other adolescent girls only about jewelry making, but we also openly talk about sex, HIV, early pregnancies, menstrual hygiene and of course making and saving money.

KOBUSINGYE GRACE
School:

BUJUBULI SETTLEMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

I come from a family that is economically disadvantaged. The project has nurtured in us the savings culture. My mother is happy because I can no longer be lured by boys…even older men that promise to give us money in exchange for sex. I am destined for greatness because I am a Rising Star.

ROBINA ACIRO
School:

EVEREST GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL

She started with 3 chickens but now she has 76 chickens and the money from the business helps her to buy things for school. Her mother is so proud of her and supports her to look after the chicken while she is at school. She has taken the financial burden from her mother, who is the sole provider in the family.