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38, 454 - Late night counting. I've written over 1,000 words today - making good progress on developing my idea into a novel :)  

  Oh !!!! Wow !!!! That's great !!!!  Hope you'll get your novel published soon !

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  And Good Morning !!!!!

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38458 After a very sunny weekend now a chilly Monday

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... And Coffee !

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  38  461    Awwwwww, the cuuuteenesss !!!!!! :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:

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38460 I rest here. This is a nice pillow. ;)  :D  

 

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38462 Oops. I posted again, but you reacted very fast. At least the numbers are correct again. ;)

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38462 Oops. I posted again, but you reacted very fast. At least the numbers are correct again. ;)

 Congratulations for 9 00 1 posts, Malahide !!!!

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38464 Oh, I'm in the 9000 league. :)

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38, 454 - Late night counting. I've written over 1,000 words today - making good progress on developing my idea into a novel :)  

  Oh !!!! Wow !!!! That's great !!!!  Hope you'll get your novel published soon !

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38, 465 - It will be a long time before it's ready for publishing, this is just the first draft  :)

 

I did read the first two pages at writing group today and they liked it, so that's encouraging.

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38, 454 - Late night counting. I've written over 1,000 words today - making good progress on developing my idea into a novel :)  

  Oh !!!! Wow !!!! That's great !!!!  Hope you'll get your novel published soon !

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38, 465 - It will be a long time before it's ready for publishing, this is just the first draft  :)

 

I did read the first two pages at writing group today and they liked it, so that's encouraging.

 

  Very Cool !!!! B)

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.........   It's evening ....

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38, 468 - I had my evening Tai Chi class earlier. Now I'm finishing up one last bit of coursework.

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38, 468 - I had my evening Tai Chi class earlier. Now I'm finishing up one last bit of coursework.

  Haki _ -_ Saki !!!! B):blink::ph34r:

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38 470 

 

Good luck with your future novel, Padawan!!

 

So cute, Malahide!!

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Education This afterschool program gave Constance confidence to thrive in school and beyond

 

February 14 2017 | By: Guest Blogger
Girls Count Every girl counts

130 million girls don’t have access to an education. So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

 

Story and photos by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

Constance Amusugut found out she was pregnant when she was about two months along. She was 15. The first person she called was her boyfriend — the father of the child — but after that initial conversation when she told him about the baby, he started avoiding her phone calls.

“Sometimes he would put the phone next to the radio,” she says. “When I got tired, I would just hang up the call.”

Her mother suspected Constance was pregnant because she was sick in the mornings and had stopped eating her favorite vegetables.

“I don’t know what your father is going to do for you,” her mother told her once she confirmed the pregnancy. At 15, Constance was about to change schools within her Ugandan town of Tororo, and her father had just given her tuition for the new school.

Afraid, but ready to face him, she approached him on a Sunday morning, handed the money back and said, “Daddy, here is your money. I have disappointed you; I am pregnant.”

He did not reply. For a whole year, he wouldn’t talk to her.

When the baby was six months old, Constance returned to school. Her mother paid her tuition because her father now said that paying school tuition for the young mother was “wasting money.”

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Constance and her classmates at their school in Tororo, Uganda.

For many young girls in Uganda, motherhood almost always means dropping out of school. As Constance experienced, parents can get angry and refuse to pay tuition, and sometimes school becomes more difficult to navigate for teenage mothers and single parents.

Constance’s experience at school was no less forgiving. During her pregnancy, she had to leave the classroom often to go to the toilets. Without breast pads, Constance had to walk around the school campus with patches of breast milk on her shirt. This was not helped by the whispers among students about “the girl who delivered,” so she tried to go unnoticed as much as she possibly could.

“Even when we were in class and a teacher asked a question to which I knew the answer, I wouldn’t talk,” she says. “I couldn’t. I was so fearful and shy. I thought the moment I would raise up my hand, the other students would start to talk about me — about how I am and how I have a kid.”

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Constance giving a speech in front of her classmates.

To combat her shyness, Constance joined MIFUMI’s Sure Start afterschool program for female students. Sure Start, which has been in more than 30 primary and secondary schools in Tororo, engages adolescent girls in leadership through sports and gender and rights awareness education. The program has three elements: karate, mentorship, and gender classes. Leah Eryenyu, the program manager, says the gender classes help the girls become self-aware and question the different expectations for men and women. Sure Start wants to challenge the oppression girls feel from subordination to gender norms, which can prevent them from exercising their full potential. The long term goal for MIFUMI is to create leaders.

“The program pushes them to be actively present in the spaces they occupy, as individuals and as a critical mass,” says Leah.

MIFUMI also teaches the girls in the program how to organize as a group, and how to mobilize and find platforms. One such platform was the presentation of a petition to the Parliament on menstrual hygiene management. Constance was one of two girls from her school chosen to represent other teenage girls.

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Constance practices her speech to Parliament.

“That was the day my father finally talked to me,” she says. When Constance gave him the letter from MIFUMI asking for permission to let his daughter make the 125-mile trip from Tororo to Kampala, he initially doubted its authenticity. After several phone calls verifying the trip, he was the one who woke her up in the morning on the day she left. He went with her to the meeting point and gave her money in case she needed to eat anything.

He showed the same excitement when Constance was featured in one of Uganda’s two national daily newspapers. On the day her story was published, he purchased three copies of the paper: one for her, one for him, and the third for her grandparents.

When asked what she would tell her daughter about this period of her life, Constance says, “I’d tell her to put education first.”

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Constance and her daughter in Tororo, Uganda.

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International Womens Day 2017

A Letter to Leaders You couldn't be where you are today without a good education. But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet - bigger than Japan or Germany. All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country. We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry...or simply to access opportunity. We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she's there. But we need you to do the same. Your education helped you to get where you are today - and it's in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people - starting with the people who need it most. 

 

Via ONE

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  38  472     Good Morning !!!!!

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   38   474 .... And the coffee says " Hello "  too !!!

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38 475

To celebrities, robots, & counters!!

(&coffee)☕ cheers!

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 Beep-Beep, Boop-Boop, Ork-Ork, Buzz - The Robots Replied !

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38 477 My las post was supposed to go in the action thread. I guess you guess! :lol:

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38 477 My las post was supposed to go in the action thread. I guess you guess! :lol:

  Hi Tan !!!   How's your art going ?

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38479 Where is everybody today?

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38479 Where is everybody today?

  HERE !!!!!!!!

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