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For decades, 98% of the children and especially girls in rural Ugandan communities have beenunable to complete high school. Only 0.5% will continue further for a tertiary training andgraduate at a diploma level. This is due to the effects of chronic poverty, HIV, cultural beliefsthat education is wasted on girls, and domestic violence.Although these girls currently live in situations where they have little hope for a future thatdoesn’t include poverty and/or marriage at a young age, they have dreams of becoming educated,independent women who can effect change in Uganda in a variety of ways.Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) project is a one on one girl-to-mentorproject aimed at empowering Ugandan girls through financial assistance for continued education,shared knowledge and wisdom, and creative thinking. Each rural Ugandan girl will be connectedto a single mentor who will help nurture their vision for a brighter future. Our goal for 2012 is tofind mentors from around the globe for 40 intelligent and motivated rural Ugandan girls.Why One girl to One mentor project?As the Founder of Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) project, I haveempathy for these girls. Ten years ago, I had little hope of attaining an education or acquiring adecent job. After staying home for two years due to a lack of school fees, I was extremelyfortunate to find a mentor in the United States. She helped me finish my high school educationand continued to support me in many ways while I pursued my dream of a bachelor’s degree inInformation Technology. Now that I have graduated, I have a good job and am able to supportmy mother and my 17 nieces and nephews. I am also able to assist my community.Recently I was selected by World Pulse to be one of the three world-wide awardees to speak toaudiences in five major cities in the United States. World Pulse is an action media networkpowered by women from 185 countries, with a goal to lift and unite women’s voices toaccelerate their impact for the world.These personal experiences are why I feel so strongly about the value of mentorship forpromising Ugandan girls. I have seen first-hand what a difference having a mentor can make,and want to make this opportunity available to others.I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given Opportunity, Education andMotivation, ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY; everybody isSOMEBODY.Below are some of the links that would help you to know more about me• A podcast interview: http://www.futureprimitive.org/?powerpress_pinw=2313-podcast• A panel with Gloria Steinem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiiORDrgVJw• Contribution to Women leadership: http://vimeo.com/m/31171945• Blogs/blog: http://worldpulse.com/node/46561• World Pulse tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvg6Ybc-d-k&sns=fbBenefits/advantages of One girl to One mentor project;• One-on-one mentorship and sponsorship of a promising rural Ugandan girl.• Helping a girl attain education she could not otherwise afford. This will help prevent forcedearly marriages, and provide a pathway to the achievement of dreams and career goals.• This is an opportunity for direct involvement where the mentor is able to easily see the impact
of their support for the girl they choose to support.• The mentor has the opportunity of visiting the girl and/or her family, if they so wish (in a groupwith other mentors) once a year. Visits are not mandatory.• There is direct communication between the girl and the mentor. Initially this will be donethrough snail mail. However, in the near future, we will set up a communications center wherethe girls will have access to computers and the internet in order to facilitate communication withtheir mentors through the social medias (emails, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) At themoment we are limited by resources.Criteria for Mentorship – The Mentors;• A minimum of one girl per mentor.• The length of the mentorship shall be left up to the girl and her sponsor, although it is hopedthat it will last throughout her education. Either can terminate the relationship with proper noticeif necessary.• A mentor shows commitment to provide the girl with emotional and financial support, and toprovide guidance and suggestions to assist her in achieving her goals.• Both the girl and her mentor may blog or share their experiences, stories and successes usingthe social media.• The mentor is able to cultivate the girl’s talents and creativity.• Anyone from across the globe can become a mentor as long as they are able to mentor andeducate the girl with strategic leadership knowledge and skills.• A mentor can come from any country in the world.
• A mentor may involve her/his family and friends during the mentorship period.• A mentor may select up to 5 girls, ranked in order of preference, in case their first pick isalready taken.• A mentor commitment form shall be provided upon selection of the girl to be mentored.Criteria for Mentorship – The girls;Only girls from rural, impoverished families will be considered. The following will guide theevaluation of the applicants:• Each girl will write a short essay on their current life, explain how they’ve overcomeroadblocks thus far, and identify their dreams and goals. Here are the Essays• Joining or in high school level• Promising performance in class and may also be participating in sports activities.• The girl under normal circumstances may live with her parents/caretakers while attending a dayschool, but in many cases a boarding school may be a better choice due to safety concerns anddistance.• Be willing to communicate to their mentors as often as possible.For both parties, there shall be a yearly evaluation of what’s been accomplished. At this time,goals will set for the coming year.We suggest that mentors provide school fees for the girls and the parents/guardians shall beresponsible for scholastic materials, the feeding of their children and meeting their basic needs.This is to involve the parents/guardians in the girls’ education and personal development. It shallbe my responsibility to receive and document the money submitted for each girl, and to pay theirschool fees. This will ensure that the money is used for the purpose it was provided for.Wondering how to become a mentor? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like tobecome a mentor in our next intake [for January2013.]Because our project is widely spreading, already over 400 girls have already preregistered for2013 intake. We will select 40 or less depending on the number of mentors who will haveshowed interest.Todate we have 38 Mentors from Australia, Europe and the United States who are mentoring 40rural Ugandan girls. Here is the list our 2012 Mentors and MenteesFor more information, please send an email to email@example.com