ADJUMANI. CARE International has received funds from the United Nations population fund (UNFPA) with the support of the ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark to a tune of 3.7 billion Uganda shillings.

The fund will be used to implement a five-year women, adolescents and youth (WAY) project in the 8 districts of Adjumani, Arua, Agago, Amuru, Lamwo, Kitgum, Moyo and Yumbe.

The five year project is expected to cover 98 sub counties in all the 8 districts targeting women and young people.

The project is aimed at empowering the targeted group of people to demand for their sexual reproductive health rights and gender rights, to foster gender sensitive environments, and access socio- economic assets and building opportunities for both the refugees and the host community.

Ms Hellen Nabanja Namukasa, the sexual reproductive health and gender based violence officer CARE International said they have lined up a number of activities to be implemented.

She said they will strengthen and create young people's clubs in primary and secondary schools by reaching to 400 primary schools, 48 secondary schools in the 8 districts and 34 refugee settlement camps where they intend to target 800 teachers and 96 refugee volunteers.

She explained that CARE International will have a women mentorship scheme to support refugees and host communities, women and girls. She said a total of 1,176 women mentors have already been identified and oriented in all the 8 districts.

Teachers in Adjumani district started receiving training on the project on August 27, 2018.

Mr Gilbert Alekua Ajiani, a teacher at Mungula primary school which is predominantly a refugee school said the intervention has come timely because his school has been recording high rate of school dropouts and teenage pregnancy.

He revealed that in 2016, the school had 36 dropout cases in primary seven as a result of early marriage while in 2017 the school had 10 girls who were married off and so far this year, 6 have been married off.

Mr Nicholas Izama, another teacher from Ajujo primary school said he is pleased to see a high number of host community girls compared to the refugees.

He said at his school in 2016, four young girls were impregnated while one was impregnated last year and also at the beginning of this year.