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 central 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. Covid-19 has brought a lot of stress to the Ugandan people, which lead to the schools being closed for nearly two years, and the rise of teen pregnancy at an alarming rate. We helped pay for food and rent for our group (around 40 moms and 60 kids) during the harsh lockdowns and were able to keep our kids in school, thanks to our child sponsors. As things opened up at the end of 2021, we started investing in the next step towards sustainability: We opened two small clothing stores in Kampala, and also bought five acres of land in countryside near Kapeeka, to build a vocational training center for young mothers. 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 -