Vase of Transformation is committed to reaching young people living in impoverished communities through a diverse range of programs addressing specific needs and SDGs. Our implementation model focuses on educating, Empowering, Engaging, and Leading.
Blooming Into Adulthood (BIA)
Blooming Into Adulthood seeks to empower both girls and boys with knowledge, and information to help them understand the changes they go through during puberty and how to cope through the BIA app& comic book.
These provide an open door to subjects that are still considered taboo. This app and comic book are dedicated to hygiene and adolescence so that children can learn while having fun. The application and book offer sessions on growth and changes that make puberty a transformational period for teenage girls and boys who are rarely given adequate assistance. Using an interactive mobile app and comic book to deal with puberty makes it possible to reach out to children and teenagers directly.
The BIA app aims to provide young people with the possibility of learning whilst having fun using an avatar whose gender they can choose. They then get to select a part of their avatar’s body and a small game begins. Medical explanations for acne, hair growth, and hygiene advice of all kinds are provided in an interactive way. The BIA app is a simple and accessible way to educate children, and teenagers so that they are able to grow physically, psychologically, and socially.
The BIA comic book is illustrated to help girls and boys understand and learn about such changes in their bodies in a fun, easy, and intriguing way as they continue to grow while building their self-confidence. For many girls and boys, puberty can be an uncertain time. The BIA comic book includes everything boys and girls need to know about changes during puberty, how to cope with the changes, growing breasts, wet dreams, acne or pimples, their periods, hair in private areas, feelings, nutrition, managing period cramps, preparing for your first period, period poverty and so much more. This book has practical steps to guide them as they learn about amazing changes happening in their bodies during puberty and beyond. The BIA Comic offers encouraging support while answering questions that girls and boys have about puberty.
Menstruation Health and Hygiene Management
This program is implemented in two phases; Menstrual Hygiene Skilling and Sanitary Pad Vending Machine.
Menstrual Hygiene skilling (phrase 1) focuses on training and empowering marginalized young girls on How to make Reusable Sanitary Pads.
The Sanitary Pad Dispenser (Phase 2) is a continuation of good work done. The machine has the capacity to store up to 70-100 pads and is stocked with reusable pads every day. Each pad is attached to a graphic menstrual hygiene educational material. The availability of affordable, reusable sanitary pads to girls in these areas as an alternative to unsanitary options like rags, polythene, newspapers, and others instills healthier menstrual hygiene practices which reduce the rate of infections thus preserving their good health and well-being (SDG 3). Alleviating the burden of period poverty on these girls will enhance their enrolment and decrease school absenteeism among girls, thus allowing them to experience quality education (SDG 4) just like their male peers without any mental barriers. Good education is a foundation for future productivity. Girls having access to education without such barriers encourages them to pursue long-term career goals. This goes a long way to improve the life of the individual girl and reduce the existing inequalities in the formal sector.
Community Outreach Program
Every day, young people are at risk of exposure to violence, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, and childbirth. This program focuses on providing awareness, training, and resources at community levels and includes; training workshops, skills development, facilitator-based sessions, and speaker presentations.
Our Community outreach promotes equality, social justice, social inclusion, and human right and we believe that by supporting young people physically, and mentally, and helping them to reach their full potential, our communities become stronger and the lives of every member become better.
At Vase Of Transformation, we believe that education is a stepping stone to a better life. Through our program, we work together with schools to develop the best education solutions to improve student engagement, inspire innovation, and encourage collaboration.
Our goal is to offer career guidance to students in influencing their independent decision-making, address the uncertainties and other dynamics associated with the transition from different levels of education, and to re-awaken schools on the importance of career guidance in one’s life.
In Uganda, young girls leave school earlier than boys and girls are more likely than young boys to have started working especially in the informal sector. At the age of 15-19, about 65% of the boys are still in school, while more than half of the girls in the same age bracket no longer attend. The reasons for this are broad, ranging from lack of career guidance sessions in schools, role models, and limited commitment and support from key stakeholders, among others. The situation results in teenage pregnancies, early marriages, lack of knowledge about the opposite sex, unhealthy relationships in and out of schools that are before marriage, and also students doing courses that are not marketable in the job market. The outcomes of these become a burden to the parents and society instead of contributing to its well-being (society).
Breast cancer awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to shine a light on breast cancer, the challenges faced, and the invisible realities of combating the disease. At VOT, during this month, we host speakers on our social media platforms and raise online awareness through posters and flyers. When we raise our voices together, we help spread the word about the importance of breast cancer screening and support by sharing messages on our social media channels.
As part of the event, we host a maiden “pink picnic” a fun-packed event that seeks to educate girls and women on self-breast examination.
International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity.
16 days of activism
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December. At VOT, during this month, we raise awareness to end violence against women and girls, show support and solidarity with women’s rights activists, and resist the rollback of women’s rights
Reproductive Health Talks
Adolescents worldwide face considerable challenges to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. These include sexual coercion and intimate partner violence; lack of education and information; high rates of early and unwanted pregnancy; lack of access to health services, especially for contraception and safe abortion; gender inequalities and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage; and risk of STIs (including HIV).
Vase of Transformation is committed to increasing access to knowledge and information about reproductive health and rights.