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Project information

Change the Story

Change the Story will enable 2,243 young mothers in rural Uganda to better support their children by providing access to essential services and increasing mothers’ numeracy, literacy and life skills. Gender norms will be challenged through work with 2,025 young fathers and community leaders.

March 2018 - February 2021

Charity information: Build Africa

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  • Need


    Educated mothers are healthier, have children later and take better care of their children. However Ugandan women are less likely to attend school and more likely to work without pay than men. In Oyam women are more likely to be married or have children than to be able to read and are marginalised from economic and educational opportunities. This limits their ability to care for their children and to participate effectively within the home and community, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.


    The project will ensure that 2,243 young mothers are able to better support their children's wellbeing and are playing a more impactful role in their homes and communities. This will be achieved by:

    - Ensuring young mothers have access to health and education services;
    - Training young mothers in functional literacy numeracy and childcare skills; and
    - Ensuring male care givers and community leaders are encouraging young mothers’ participation within the home and community .

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    2,243 young mothers have access to culturally appropriate health and education services.


    » Facilitate access to a community space which can serve as a 'mothercare' centre, where mothers and children can access training and support.
    » Link young mothers to health services, such as immunisation, family planning and nutrition counselling, via the mothercare centres.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured against indicators including the number of young mothers attending mothercare spaces and the number of young mothers showing increased knowledge.

    Aim 2

    2,243 young mothers trained in functional literacy, numeracy and childcare skills.


    » Create a contextually tailored joint learning programme, which equips mothers with skills as they teach their children.
    » Run a joint learning 'literacy/numeracy through parenting skills' programme for young mothers.
    » Create a contextually tailored life-skills programme to help young mothers apply their skills at home and in the community.
    » Run life skills training to help mothers use their literacy and numeracy skills within the home and for income generation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured against indicators such as the number of young mothers who report having a household or business budget in place.

    Aim 3

    1,950 male care givers and 150 community leaders are actively encouraging the young mothers.


    » Create and implement a programme for male authority figures in the home and community empowering them to encourage female participation.
    » Hold community theatre events around female participation and recognising and ending exploitative socio-economic, political, and cultural practices.
    » Hold community level dialogue forums for different social groups including women, men, elders and faith groups.
    » Broadcast radio dialogue forums on gender norms and female social inclusion.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured against indicators including the number of men and community members who can describe an activity put in place to facilitate mothers involvement.

  • Impact


    The project will work to close the skills gaps which adversely affect young mothers and overcome the socio-cultural barriers which prevent young women from playing an active role in their homes and society. Through this work, we will also enhance the long term likelihood of children enrolling, attending and performing well in school, improving their chance of a future free from poverty.


    The main risks to the project are around the involvement and engagement of beneficiaries and stakeholders. For example, the risk that people won’t engage with the project or will lose interest over the project lifespan. These risks have been mitigated through the project design which engaged the community and activities and methodologies have been designed to engage different groups. The Implementation process builds on this and community feedback will a useful early warning of any risk.


    Donors will receive bi-annual project reports, case studies and photos. Progress will be measured through a variety of methods including quarterly review meetings with staff and Education Monitoring Groups, monthly and quarterly programme and financial reports and a full final external evaluation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £451,913

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      Amount Heading Description
      £112,736 Output One Young mothers have access to early childhood development and health services
      £112,659 Output two Young mothers trained in literacy, numeracy and childcare skills and how to apply them
      £117,573 Output three Male caregivers and community leaders trained to value, embrace and encourage young mothers
      £16,972 MEL Costs related to monitoring, evaluation and learning
      £32,232 Capital costs Including laptops and a project vehicle
      £37,338 Uganda project support staff Including contributions towards finance and head office staff
      £22,403 UK support costs Including staff providing financial and programmatic support
  • Background


    The project will take place in rural areas of Oyam and Kiryandongo, Uganda. These rural communities still heavily rely on agriculture with 94.2% of the population being agriculture or fishery workers. Literacy levels are also low. Only 38% of men and 32% of women are literate (compared to national averages of 73% and 59%). In the targeted area young mothers are especially marginalised as they do not have the education or life-skills they need to be active and equitable members of society.


    The project will benefit the following:

    Young mothers - women aged 19-29 years of age with one or more child aged 3-9 years old

    Male care-givers (targeting young fathers) – where possible, spouses or partners of the young mothers

    Community leaders – male or female community members occupying a formal or informal cultural/traditional hierarchical role

    Children – those under five will be able to access mothercare spaces and healthcare while older children will benefit from increased support

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Build Africa has vast experience working within both rural areas of Uganda and within the education sector. We have built up strong relationships and trust with the communities we work with. We have vast experience working to remove the barriers to education and increase opportunities to learn. Previous projects include:

    - Enabling 58 school communities to engage with education
    - an early grade reading project working with 84 schools
    - working to reduce harmful gender norms in 72 schools

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anslem Wandega

    Country Director, Build Africa Uganda: Anslem has vast experience in education, social protection, child protection and livelihoods.

    Fred Semyalo

    Head of Programmes, Build Africa Uganda: 15 years’ NGO & local government work experience at field and country level including at Save the Children.