Our time spent in Uganda is the heart of this project. Going into the villages and teaching empowerment is a gift that can span through generations. What we teach, and the services we offer give hope and most importantly, choice.
Family Planning Education
Wings for Women once again successfully partnered with Word In Deed Ministries, Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Pharmacy, and Uganda Women's Health. Young Ugandan nurses and health care providers joined us and participated in the talks. Mobile medical clinics were conducted in four remote villages of Uganda. We also visited Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU) in Kampala and talked to the ladies in the Hotel where we were staying. We even performed a Jadelle Implant procedure at the Hotel!
We offered our educational seminars called "Girl Talks" and "Women Talks." The discussions covered a variety of topics such as family planning, sex education, prevention of STD's, self-awareness, safety, self-defense, self-respect, and answers to questions and myths. Information on the use of condoms, female condoms, Afripads, and Wingpads was also provided. We empowered these women to respect their bodies and understand their right to say "no." The girls and women were captivated by the discussions; they asked many questions and felt informed and considered. Many went on to discuss and receive various birth control methods from healthcare providers. We had a medical team providing Implanon NXT implants, Jadelle implants, IUDs, male condoms, and female condoms.
Business Start Up Tea Party
Wings for Women hosted a beautiful Ladies Tea Party to present, teach, and discuss our Wings for Women Start-Up program and empower women in Uganda by helping them become self-sustainable. The program involves business and financial skills training for women so that they can start and grow their businesses. Since 2017, we have aided in successfully starting businesses in three main categories: piggery farming, chicken farming, and sewing.
The women from each village and sewing program brought their sewn garments to display and one sewing team brought our commissioned Wingpads, a reusable menstrual pad comparable to Afripads. We also visited the sewing program quarters and a new chicken farm.
Wings for Women successfully partnered with Word In Deed Ministries, Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Pharmacy, and Uganda Women's Health. Mobile medical clinics were conducted in four remote villages of Uganda. We offered educational seminars called "Girl Talks" at these villages focusing on young girls, ages 13-17. We discussed family planning and the prevention of STD's and covered topics such as self-awareness, safety, self-defense, self-respect. We also provided family planning and birth control information to childbearing age women and mothers.
These seminars provided awareness and answers to numerous questions and myths. We empowered these young women to respect their bodies and understand their right to say "no." The girls and women were captivated by the discussions; they asked many questions and felt informed and considered. We had a medical team providing Implanon NXT implants, Jadelle implants, IUDs, male condoms, and female condoms to women interested in family planning methods. Afripads, dresses, and bras were distrubuted.
Bras and Afripads for Family Planning Workshop
In the remote village of Bunakijja, Wings for Women handed out small gifts that included words of encouragement, AfriPads, and bras. Through workshops and education, we spread the truth about family planning options and provided free treatment alongside a Ugandan medical team. The average woman in Uganda has 3 to 5 more children than she plans on due to a lack of resources and education on birth control. Wings for Women intends to provide women with the information and resources in order to make informed choices for both themselves and their families.
Thank you so much to our donors who donated new bras to the ladies in Uganda! These bras were joyfully received; many of these women couldn't wait to try on their new bras immediately. What a privilege it was to be the ambassador of such generosity. The comprehensive education event was a tremendous success, sharing both knowledge and love with courageous women. Again, thank you for your support.
In May of 2016, a team from Palm Beach Atlantic University traveled for the fourth year to Uganda. This team facilitated 5-days of free medical care in remote villages of the Mukono District surrounding Lake Victoria; these villages included Mpunge, Ntenzi, and Bunnakijja. The small fishing and farming villages in the Mukono District are particularly deficient in resources we take for granted, such as clean water, electricity, and healthcare. The ability to earn money for medical attention in neighboring cities is elusive.
Wings for Women raised funds to offer the provision of free birth control during the 5-days of clinics. In the future, women's clinics will be conducted in other Ugandan Villages. The women and girls of Mpunge, Ntenzi, and Bunnakijja desire education on family planning and opportunities for birth control, but lack access to it.