Gifts and Lifts influence Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) decisions of Young People in rural Uganda.

Harris Namutebi
Posted October 18, 2019 from Uganda
Pupils during SRHR open discussion meeting in Lyantonde

From 15th to 18th October 2019, under a project entitled Her Right, Her Voice supported by AmplifyChange, we have visited 7 public schools holding discussions with pupils on some on the factors that influence the poor sexual reproductive health decisions leading to early sex that in the end force young people to drop out of school. Unfortunately, learners in rural Lyantonde walk an average of 3- 6 km to school every day. While some girls have persisted and continued to walk to school and back home on a daily basis, others choose to take an easier route of accessing lifts from motorcycle riders locally known as bodaboda riders. Many girls’ access lifts from bodaboda riders and some feel obligated to return sexual favors in exchange for lifts.

Farming and cattle rearing is a key activity in rural Lyantonde and parents usually hire casual laborers to support in these activities. Unfortunately when these laborers access money they use it to seduce girls into sexual relationships. Girls continue to receive gifts such as mathematical sets, sodas, cakes and cash and in return they engage in sex for these gifts.

·         We are focusing on raising awareness among learners on the dangers of gifts and lifts, how they influence poor SRHR decisions leading to early sex, teenage pregnancies and forced marraiges.

·         Reminding parents of their roles and responsibilities in providing young people with accurate sexual reproductive health information as well as providing their children with basic necessities. Emphasis is as well put on parenting emphasizing being firm, fair and friendly.

·         We plan to conduct SRHR advocacy meeting focusing on bodaboda riders. These will highlight dangers of lifts to in school young people.

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Lisbeth
Oct 18
Oct 18

Dear Harris,
How are you doing? It looks like an amazing workshop for our teenagers. Do you do it frequently?

I think with much of such workshop the school drop out will drop. The girls will reliase they are not obligated to turn themselves in for favour done them.

And if they take the gifts they will NOT reciprocate for it. It's so sad.
I loved your next meeting with the bodaboda riders. I am wishing if I can be there.

Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Regards

Harris Namutebi
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thanks Lisbeth,
Part of the program trains senior men and senior women teachers who provide accurate SRH information to young people in schools. Once or twice a term, we visit schools to conduct pupils SRH open conversations as well as parents SRH conversations. I will keep you posted about bodaboda riders.
Regards
Harris

Lisbeth
Oct 19
Oct 19

Splendid! Have a great weekend.
Regards

Anita Shrestha
Oct 18
Oct 18

Dear
Sister
Thank u for doing this wonderful workshop

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hello Dear Rebecca,

How are you doing, love? It's great to see your most recent workshop and post, dear:-) How many girls were impacted by these conversations? Does it make sense to raise funds for bicycles so they aren't feeling tempted to get rides to school? I hope you're able to help more and more of them out so they can stay healthy, happy, safe and get their education and fulfill their dreams.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great weekend, dear:-)

XX

Harris Namutebi
Oct 19
Oct 19

Dear Jill,
Thank you so much for this response. We completed the activity on Friday 18th Oct 2019, I will share the numbers of girls reached in the course of next week and inquiry from girls if bicycles will be a better and cultural acceptable alternative means of transport to school.
Regards
Harris

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hello Lovely:-)

You're very welcome! Okay:-) Sounds great!

Hope you have a great, rest of the weekend as well as upcoming week, dear!

XX

Hello, Harris,

How was the workshop, dear? This is a great project. Congratulations on spearheading this one! Thank you for sharing.)

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Harris,
Thank you so much for the update on your work. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to more updates.
Have a blessed day.

Beth Lacey
Oct 30
Oct 30

Great workshop