This involves providing youth especially the girls with training and provision of practical skills with a purpose to improve life and business skills through economic empowerment initiatives. Goal Club Initiative would love to see improved ability of Youth specially the women in the community able to apply skills for economic development. The major approaches to economic strengthening include support towards income generating activities – implemented through both individual/household targeted and group-based IGAs, micro-credit and loans support through Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), business skills training, and apprenticeship skills training for out-of-school Girls. In order to achieve the desired changes, we implements the following,
• Provide training and skills development in tailoring and design, hand craft making, poultry keeping, piggery and agriculture.
• Support vulnerable and unemployed women with Income Generating Activities and farm inputs.
• Strengthen linkages with other training institutions for endorsement of our programs.
• Design a community based skills training framework
Capacity Building for stakeholders
Goal Club Initiative considers Capacity Building being sustainable and effective at solving social challenges faced by girls and women in the community. We work with a wide range of stakeholders that offer different services to the community. We will especially build the capacity of service providers in the areas of anti- human trafficking and promotion of girl child education. We engage the education department and schools within the project areas for educational support for girls. We aim to remove barriers rather than creating new systems or structures which have major financial implications. We work with community education departments in formation and support to Self Help Groups and mainstreaming them into existing poverty reduction and other programmes.
In the area of Anti- Human Trafficking, we build the capacity of service providers through training in identification, care and support of victims affected by human trafficking. The participants involve the police, government officials, local councils, civil society organizations and child actors.
Promotion of Girl Child Education
Uganda was among the first African countries to initiate a large-scale Universal Post- Primary Education and Training (UPPET) program in 2007. Despite the successful introduction of UPPET in 2007, overall secondary school enrolments have remained very low, especially for girls. It is evident that the enrolment rate for girls remained unchanged even after the introduction of Universal Secondary Education (USE) in 2007 according a report by Global Development Network. Furthermore, only one third of girls that graduate from primary school are still in school by the age of 18 years—compared to 50% for boys. Furthermore, not all public secondary schools are under the USE programme. With free secondary education limited to few public and private secondary schools, majority of Ugandans continue to pay to access secondary education. Because of the traditional preference for boys over girls and low incomes, girls are less likely to stay in secondary schools due to a number of reasons; notably, unwanted pregnancies, lack of finances and lack of sanitary towels among many.
For this reason, we at Goal Club promote access to Girl Child Education through:
• Life skills training
• Economic Development initiatives for girls who have dropped out of school.
• Conducting school outreach and mentoring session
• Recreation and drama
• Formation and support to school clubs
• Counseling for purposes of building positive attitudes
Food and Nutrition security
Increasingly Uganda is experiencing the double burden of malnutrition: High levels of under nutrition co-exist with a growing prevalence of overweight and obesity. Malnutrition plays a major role in child morbidity and mortality: Wasting and underweight have been shown to significantly increase the risk of both morbidity and mortality in children. Malnutrition starts early in infancy for children in Uganda.
Goal Club provides direct food/nutrition support, nutrition education, and support for food production. We work through Community Self Help Groups who have been empowered on modern methods of agricultural such as vegetable production and management, post harvest handling and storage technologies in addition to availing them with quality farm inputs and seedlings. Kitchen gardens in particular stand out as a very attractive intervention because it is managed by the households and produces quick benefits in form vegetables.
Adolescents are confronted with life threatening health risks related to unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death within the most productive age ranges of 15-49 (PEAP 2004-2008). Adolescence is a life period of experimentation and frequent risk taking. Key factors for adolescent vulnerability to sexual and reproductive health problems include lack of awareness and lack of correct information about the risks of unwanted pregnancies and STIs, peer and other social pressures, lack of skills needed to resist such pressures and to practice safe behavior, lack of youth-friendly sexual health and counseling services, poverty, traditional cultural norms that give young women a low social position, and little power to resist persuasion or coercion into unwanted sex. Some of the major reproductive health problems adolescents experience include early sex, pregnancies, abortions, early and forced marriages, transactional sex (some of which is subtle), trafficking, defilement, and STI/HIV.
Goal club conducts Reproductive Health activities in especially schools through conducting sexual reproductive health education, meetings for parents, teachers and community leaders to discuss health/sex education issues, formation and supporting of school health club and conducting trainings for senior women tutors and science teachers to improve their skills as health educators.
Anti- Human Trafficking
Human trafficking and sexual abuse are on the rise. Statistically Uganda is one of the top ten countries that are struggling with issues of poverty and under-development. Human trafficking is the trade of humans which generates quick and easy money. The people most commonly involved are women who are used for purposes of sexual slavery, forced slavery or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficking of others. It can occur within one country or between different nations. It does not always involve involuntary transportation of a person, but is based more upon exploitation like sexual abuse.
We mainly raise awareness about Human Trafficking to educate the community about the reality and effects of human trafficking. Media talk shows are one of the means of public education on human trafficking involving key Government officials and police officers. We engage the local communities in the talk shows using local languages that best apply to them. We promote women’s empowerment to reduce their vulnerability to rights denial and abuse- closely linked to the level of economic and social power.
Psychosocial support is provided, depending on individually assessed needs. This is done through individual sessions, group sessions, peer to peer involvement, recreational activities and spiritual nourishment.
Advocacy and Networking
Goal Club Initiative will continue to actively participate in advocacy and networking to ensure that issues of concern to the community are addressed, i.e. Violence against children, women involvement, girl child education. We seek to work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure appropriate services are integrated into our community development agenda. We will join efforts with various NGOs in Uganda to support our target group and this will be done through; Community sensitization activities, awareness raising and education campaigns, Production and dissemination of IEC materials, Targeted sensitizations activities, media engagements, National and international level dialogue and participation.