Or­gan­i­sa­tion em­pow­ers com­mu­nity to break poverty cy­cle in Uganda

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her di­rec­tor­ship her group have de­vel­oped in­for­ma­tion which is dis­cussed with the Ugan­dan male re­li­gious lead­ers in Africa, so they have the knowl­edge to talk with their male vi­cars. Th­ese vi­cars then talk to the men in their dio­ce­ses. As you know, usu­ally all health ed­u­ca­tion are di­rected to women. Men have been left out of the con­ver­sa­tion. This needs to change.

When in Nairobi Mar­garet worked in the slums, which was a chal­lenge in many ways. Marg be­lieves there will be no end to poverty un­til there is own­er­ship of Re­pro­duc­tive Is­sues. Her teams have to reach out to the male re­li­gious lead­ers who are the cul­tural gate keep­ers to shift the way men think about women.

There are still many ma­ter­nal deaths and teen preg­nan­cies. Marg set up her busi­ness “Wise Choices for Life” and or­gan­ised teams and ma­te­ri­als to sell.

Re­cently Marg re­ceived a re­port from her Ugan­dan coun­try di­rec­tor stat­ing that talks on pu­berty, and the dis­ad­van­tages of early preg­nancy, etc, have been de­liv­ered in 52 schools. Stu­dents between the ages of 10-18 years were ed­u­cated over three weeks.

The pro­gram was de­liv­ered to 7000 girls and over 2000 boys.

Talks broke the si­lence in their com­mu­ni­ties and en­abled stu­dents to talk with their par­ents. In Uganda, 56 per cent of the 36 mil­lion Ugan­dans are under 18 years old.

Knowl­edge alone does not change be­hav­iour how­ever. Marg be­lieves we also need: healthy re­la­tion­ships; ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion; de­ci­sion mak­ing skills and crit­i­cal think­ing skills.

Ap­ply­ing th­ese life skills can al­ter world views about: con­cep­tion, preg­nancy, an­te­na­tal care; anatomy (both male and fe­male); breast­feed­ing, im­mu­ni­sa­tions; fam­ily plan­ning (both nat­u­ral and sci­en­tific); par­ent­ing skills and gen­der roles.

The Re­pro­duc­tive Health Kits for team lead­ers cost $500 each.

Marg and her team do not re­ceive free hand­outs; they need do­na­tions to make th­ese kits avail­able to rel­e­vant peo­ple.

If you wish to help in any way please con­tact Marg Dock­ing – Di­rec­tor via her email: marg@ wise­choic­es­for­life.org

The next monthly PROBUS din­ner will be held on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 20 at 6pm at the “Jump­ing Jum­buck ”.

Ring Bernie on 5795 2867 so book­ings can be made.

Our next reg­u­lar club meet­ing is sched­uled for Mon­day, Septem­ber 25 at 10 am.

Our guest speaker will be Bren­ton Noye who will re­port on his study tour in Bel­gium and France in hon­our of the Cen­te­nary An­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Pozieres through Legacy.

New mem­bers and visi­tors are al­ways wel­come to our meet­ings.

There will be an out­ing on Oc­to­ber 9 to Kin­ross Egg Farm at 2pm.

Any­one with poul­try at home will not be able to at­tend the farm.

Lunch will be prior to this visit at a venue to be an­nounced.

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