Organisation empowers community to break poverty cycle in Uganda
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.