Kiva Lending Team: Mirembe CC Uganda
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Mirembe Community College (MCC), located in Kampala, Uganda, was founded by Florence Kaluuba assisted by a group of counselors and teachers to address the causes and consequences of dropping out of school among pregnant school-age girls, young mothers and other vulnerable or orphaned girls. While the reasons girls drop out of school are complex, it is clear that pregnancy and parenting responsibilities are a significant factor, and the economic consequences of dropping out of school are devastating for these teen mothers, their children, and their communities.
Often, girls that become pregnant in school are expelled or leave school out of shame, reducing their chances of securing a better life for themselves and their children. Since its inception in 1996, the MCC has been helping girls who have dropped out of school to improve health, nutrition and education for themselves and their children and to acquire vocational skills for gainful employment and job creation.
Vocational training programs include pre-school teacher training, catering, tailoring, hairdressing, crafts making and computer technology. These youth achieve a vocational education in a very short period of 4-12 months and the programs are designed to suit the individual's basic needs for self reliance.
The Early childhood Centre caters to children aged 3-5 years. It was created to provide play and early childhood education for the students’ children. Currently the benefits are far reaching to other children in the community as well. The Centre is run by the parents/guardians with support from Plan-Uganda.
The College has, since its inception, trained 600 young people, 80% of whom are employed, 20 % self employed in groups or as individuals. With the little resources available we have strengthened the girls with the ability to overcome severe hardships resulting from the devastation of families by HIV pandemic and poverty.
Mirembe Community College - We release young women from despair into a life of dignity and purpose. mirembecommunitycollege.info/
This is the Kiva loan which started it all on May 11, 2007. www.kiva.org/lend/9970
This is the Fellow's Blog by Drew Kinder which introduced Kiva lenders to Florence and MCC: fellowsblog.kiva.org/2007/12/11/mikembe-youth-development-project/
You can learn more about the history of the ongoing relationship between Kiva lenders from around the world and Mirembe Community College in Uganda, written up at the KivaFriends Forum, here bit.ly/MirembeHistory
The last fundraiser for the school has been made in spring 2011. You can learn about it here bit.ly/SalonStartup
For the latest posts about Mirembe College, this link will always take you to the latest post in the "Florence's School" thread that you have not seen yet, i.e. any messages posted since the last time you used this link. www.kivafriends.org/index.php?topic=1492.new;topicseen#new
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