Author: Segal Family Foundation

Teenage Pregnancy: What To Do About It

This is a guest post by Joseph Ssennyange, Peer Educator at Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU). Reach a Hand Uganda is a Segal Family Foundation partner. Brianna was a young, brilliant 16-year-old Ugandan woman who was always competing for the top academic position. She was admired by many students and teachers. She recently joined the drama club where she met Arnold, a charming young man whom many girls had an eye on. Arnold and Brianna quickly became friends and, soon after, fell in love. ​A few months later, after missing her period, Brianna discovered that she was pregnant. On finding out, she told Arnold, but he denied being responsible for the pregnancy, claiming he was not yet willing to be a father. She was advised by a friend to abort in fear of being disgraced by her family and community. All her life, she had strived to be the best daughter her parents could ever have, following all the guidelines her parents set for her. She had always feared one main thing in life – pregnancy! …

Food Security From the Ground Up

This is a guest post by Debby Rooney, cofounder of BEADS for Education. Teenagers in Kenya, like 16-year-old Charity, know devastating drought and famine firsthand. Charity can still recall the memories of a devastating drought and famine in 2009: A great famine befell the land of Kenya, more so Kajiado County (south of Nairobi). By that time I was in class four. I can remember all that had happened to the people, not only the people but also the animals. For the pastoralist’s like the Maasai (my tribe) they had suffered a lot. Their only source of food was dying. We are dependent on our livestock. Sometimes getting a jug of milk from ten cows was a miracle. At times milking cows, sheep or goats was like squeezing water from a rock. Anywhere you went there were carcasses that occupied most parts of the land. The only lucky animals by that time were the carnivores. Hyenas became a disaster at night. People could not sleep because they feared for their livestock. Water was another problem …

Africa’s Youth: The Future to a Transformed Continent

By Evelyn Omala, Program Officer for the Segal Family Foundation Last week, world leaders gathered for the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland from January 22-25 where the challenges faced by youth around the globe topped the agenda. As the world’s youngest continent with 70 percent of the population under the age of 30, Africa is making tremendous strides towards developing and transforming its sectors to build a bright future. Most of what the world hears about Africa are the soaring unemployment rates, disease and poverty; therefore, one would wonder how the youth will cope with the enormous challenges in their communities. Yet out of this dire situation, a new breed of young African entrepreneurs is rising to find bold and innovative solutions to transform their communities. The role of youth in fostering Africa’s development progress cannot be ignored. Africa’s youth are burning with a desire to change the status quo and are spearheading efforts that not only reflect their talent and ingenuity, but also show that they deeply understand …