Meet Milly Kikomeko, age 27: Co-founder with her husband, Robert, of Maisha Foundation. She is a lawyer, wife, mother of one biological son and 500+ other children who their foundation supports.
Would you be surprised to learn that in rural Uganda 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are pregnant or already have a child due to incest or rape? Although the country has made great strides in recent years, women still face significant struggles in a culture where girls are often viewed as property and many fathers do not see it worth while to invest in their education or future.
Because of the abject poverty in many of these communities, young girls are "sold" as brides to men many decades older that can provide for them and ease the family's financial burden.
Click the image above to view the article published in the April 27, 2019 edition of the Daily Monitor, a local newspaper in Kampala, Uganda.
The #SaveOurSisters initiative originated with Milly's passion to help and empower young women (and their families) to break this destructive cycle and realize their full potential. As a lawyer, Milly is in a unique position to identify and assist women in desperate situations.
In the video above Milly explains in greater detail the precarious situation in which young women in her region find themselves. She also provides a brief glimpse into her childhood and the events that brought her to this place in time.
Mariam (pictured above) is a young woman who Milly identified as being in a precarious situation because of her family's extremely limited resources. Mariam tested very well in school and showed great potential, but her father wanted to find her a husband to support her (she's 16). For the equivalent of $400, FUSION was able to help Mariam enroll in a boarding school for her first year of high school.
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Many of us understand that problems that can be solved with money are not really problems at all. You will be amazed how little resources are needed to solve major problems for these girls.
Girls We Have Helped
Purity - 15 years old
Purity's dad is a drunkard who has made many wrong choices in his life, including attempting to rape Purity and her sisters. She has to flee from her home because of him. She hadn't been in school for two years until she reached out to Milly and Maisha. Thanks to the "Save Our Sisters" project Purity is safe from her father and pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.
Aisha is 14 years old and wants to be a lawyer. Her family situation was not good. Her father was not able to afford to send her to high school. Milly heard about Aisha and was able to enroll her in school.
Irene - 17 years old
Irene is the oldest of 5 siblings who were abandoned by their father was she was 7 years old. The family does not know the father's whereabouts to this day. Her mom was willing to give her away for marriage 2 years ago with hope that her son-in-law would help in taking care of the family.
Irene lost hope of staying in school until she shared her story with Milly of Maisha Foundation and had the opportunity to go back to secondary school 2 years ago.
Mary N. - 19 years old
Mary joined Maisha in 2017 when her father set her to be married off. Mary is one of 10 children, and the youngest girl. Her father clearly opposes girl-child education - he believes it is a wage of time and money. Mary's mom, who is very sick with Diabetes, works hard to help Mary, but is unable now because of her poor health.
Mary desires to stay in school so that she can achieve her dream of being a doctor in order to help her siblings, and many other women in the village.