Suubi means "hope". And it's what we do: We try to bring tangible hope and sustainable change to the lives of teenage mothers in Uganda.
Why teen moms? Because in Uganda, 25% of all births are to women under the age of 20. And these women become victims of extreme poverty and abuse. And since they have no money for school fees, their children have little to no chance of escaping the poverty cycle.
We are a registered NGO located in the slums of Mengo- Kisenyi in Kampala Uganda. As of January 2017, our mission has been to educate teenage mothers and to provide them with a community of support. For them and their families. A way out of poverty that lasts.
We run two workshops that teach our women a trade. A soap making workshop and a sewing workshop. Our women receive food, emergency medical care, and their older children receive school fees and uniforms and books. And every week, there is training on parenting. We are currently working with 30 women and 36 children, which may not seem like much. But we believe in helping one woman at a time, and making a long-term impact. We hope to expand our reach in the future, but we already see the real effect of hope and change even today.
Suubi is associated with Global MOPS. MOPS stands for Mothers of preschoolers, and they have groups is 60 countries worldwide. And just like MOPS, we believe that better moms make a better world.
“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t.” – Jeff Bridges
When you have no education and live on one dollar a day, you have no hope of educating your children. Yet we hope to help our women break free of poverty. And with their freedom comes hope for their children and the generations to come.
"I didn't have enough money to buy food. My kids often cried. Then, the first time I came to MOPS, they were having a feast day. It was the first time my kids had tasted meat or a soda. They could eat as much as they wanted, they spoke of it for days!"
Rita, Soap Workshop
We are a small group with very little money. But we can envision a training center that will empower teenage mothers for many generations to come.
"My daughter had fallen into the fireplace and suffered third degree burns. I thought she would die. But MOPS helped pay the medical care,
and my daughter doesn't even have
- Edith -
"I used to be depressed and worried about the future. But now that I have a job and a place to be, I have changed. And my neighbors are amazed because they see me smile so much."
- Paullah -
"I grew up without a family. When I found MOPS, it was the first time I ever felt happy. Now, this is my family!"
- Olive -