People for Peace and Defense of Rights (PPDR) is a humanitarian organization that aims at improving the welfare of urban refugees in Uganda. The organization fully immerses itself in assisting the refugees during the time of refugee status determination process by the government of the republic of Uganda up to their settlement in the country. It offers legal services to vulnerable refugees who may not have the means to afford one.
PPDR has been offering psycho-social support and learning opportunities that included craft making businesses for the refugee teenage mothers and what their rights are in Uganda. However when Uganda went into a lock down, most teenage mothers were unable to provide for themselves some of the most basic needs like food, sanitary pads, shelter and medical care because many of them didn’t have any alternative source of income.
The life of a refugee is not a smooth road. Its neither one that someone decides to take yet some unfortunate people find themselves in situations where they are forced to flee from their home countries into another due to fear of being persecuted for reasons related to political affiliation, ethnic conflicts, religion and social groupings.
On top of living in a completely different country, the life of an urban refugee teenage mother is intertwined with never ending social-economic problems that stem from the fact that most of them are unemployed.
During this COVID 19 lock down alone, very many urban refugee girls and teenage mothers living on their own without support from their husbands found themselves in situations where they couldn’t afford a single meal a day, let alone sanitary pads which is a basic need for women and teenage girls. As a result, many of these teenage mothers and girls have been driven into prostitution for survival which is putting their health at stake. As others are stuck with their abusive partners with no where else to go, many other refugee teenage mothers living on their own are starving and depressed because they cant afford food.
It is on this note that PPDR Uganda is requesting you to donate towards this noble cause to help in preserving the dignity of urban refugee teenage mothers living in Uganda.
We are counting on your support to help us in purchasing food and sanitary pads for the urban refugee teenage mothers living in Uganda. Kindly donate and share our campaign widely within your network to help us meet our target.
When the country went into a lock down, PPDR helped these refugee teenage mothers with food relief which comprised of 10 kilograms of maize flour, 3 kilograms of beans, 2 kilograms of sugar, a bar of soap and some petty cash for meeting their other needs. The organization also went ahead to pay rent for some of these women who were being evicted from their houses by different landlords. We are as well planning to train some of these women in craft making and put them in the savings groups such that their sources of income are sustainable.
As soon as the organisation gets this funding, the money will be used to purchase sanitary pads and food for the urban refugee teenage mothers. Part of the money will be utilized for training these mothers after the lock down in making craft bags, shoes and jewelries as a way of promoting sustainability among them. The organization will not only teach them some marketing skills but go ahead to help them market these products on its website. They will later form savings groups to help them put aside some funds for unforeseen future eventualities. The savings group will ensure that in a sense that Uganda experiences an abrupt lock down that puts everything on a standstill like this pandemic, they will be well prepared to go through it without much needed support.