- The Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund
The Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund gives education scholarships to socially excluded and stigmatized girls: At-risk, survivors of gender-based violence, teenage mums and HIV/AIDS orphans. In Uganda, one in four girls 15-19 years of age is either pregnant or had a baby. Only one in 10 is able to return to school after giving birth but, in a country with 40% child marriages rate, married off where they face a higher risk of domestic violence. The Fund benefited 30 in primary and secondary schools and at university. The scholarships cover tuition, scholastic materials and a stipend. The scholarships bestow upon them a garment of praise instead of spirit of despair. While successful scholarships schemes in Africa and indeed around the world are founded by wealthy individuals, the Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund was started by an ordinary 26-year Ugandan, Brian Mutebi, who had but a dream. Convinced that education is key to transforming lives and the lack of which undermines would be successful lives, Brian sold his land worth $1,500 and started the Fund.
- Shape Narrative on Women’s Rights
We are leaders in storytelling. We do not only tell stories but shape narrative. Our vision and exceptional leadership qualities in the media space place us in a strategic position to shape narrative on girls’ and women’s rights in Africa. The role of the media in advancing social or public policy agendas and public discourse and achieving sustainable development cannot be overstated. When it comes to gender equality and women’s rights, however, the media is riddled with myths and misconceptions, norms and practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and violence against girls and women. Yet when well situated, the media can be a great partner in advancing gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment. This is the fulcrum of our advocacy. We envision a media space that is gender responsive and inclusive.
Health, Governance and Skilling The Youth
Our Youth Program focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of the youth through access to information, training and capacity building; education and skilling the youth, governance, social business entrepreneurship and the environment. The youth are central in our work because Uganda has one of the world’s youngest population, with over 78% of the population below 30 years of age and 52% below 15 years. Investing in Uganda’s youth will yield a demographic bonus as more productive and healthy youth join the workforce and the dependency ratio is at its lowest. We understand however that our work cannot be carried out singlehandedly but collectively. Networking and building partnerships and collaborations therefore is central in our strategy. We are members of Uganda Youth Budget Advocacy Alliance (YBAA), and cooperate mutually with other youth led and service organisations in the country, region, at the African Union and internationally to promote a Youth Agenda.