5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN ENDING TEENAGE PREGNANCY.


It is no longer a mystery but a fact that girls under the age of nineteen in Uganda get pregnant.

You may sarcastically ask whether such scenario is new to the people of Africa!

Do you?

It is not new in this continent but the affect of teenage pregnancy impacts large on the lives of the adolescent,education,health,gender,economic benefits and environment than it did in the years before Africa was colonized that worries every body with a sound mind.

Among the African nations where teenage pregnancy trail is noticed, Uganda share a wide margin.It is therefore threatened.

White Ribbon Alliance – Uganda is in its final stage to embark on the campaign, majorly to end underage pregnancy.

A well thought decision,indeed.

How difficult will the job be in terms of  personnel,material and funds?

That is a big question I always ask my self too!

The campaign project though self inspired requires Local and Foreign funds to finance it, of which White Ribbon Alliance-Uganda may not sufficiently have in its coffers.White Ribbon Alliance-Uganda is not alone in the struggle to advocate against underage pregnancy but only provides the lead.

You are part of this problem following your citizenship and the love you have towards the girl folk,so you should be part of the solution.You should invest along side the Ugandan ministries of Health,Education,gender and Finance in ending this vice.

5 reasons why you should invest in this campaign for a matter of fact have been identified to include causes of teenage pregnancy and the symptoms people see on a daily basis but do nothing about it.

These are the ones among the many aligned reasons we should concentrate on as we indulge the ministries mentioned above and you to take the campaign as its own child.

MIND SET.

Our mind is not set when it comes to the issues pertaining to teenage pregnancy.

Girls, especially the teenagers are prey to the greed of boys and opulent men in Uganda.The community do not care even when the incidence and the affect is thrown in its face or it is next door.It instead support criminals and safe guard the boys as they hide the men who are responsible for the pregnancies!

Many people retrospectively say that teenage pregnancy is driven by poverty.But poverty is simply a symptom not a cause of the vice.How many girls in poor families have fallen prey to this horrible vice? Not so large a figure to strike your ears. Not so many indeed.

Having less money than what you sufficiently desire to keep you in the world system of buy and sell is what we see, but it is not strong enough to give a license to the teenagers to indulge in premature sex.

We have a corrupted mind.

We do not see this vice in its true perspective but instead take it for granted and condone it as well whenever money is given to the parents or guardians of the affected teenager to close their mouths.Parents or guardians are not strong enough to refuse the bribe.

Our unset mind is the cause of pregnancy in teenagers.

It is the one we use to entice girls into premature,forceful sex and prevail over the law when we are brought to book.It is all about the mind set people put up with that they have learn’t to accept as normal whatever circumstances that befall their daughters including a wasted life of the girl child.

It is seen as normal for the girls under the age 20 to be defiled and made pregnant without complaints even when those responsible do not take financial responsibility for the resulting child and the health of the pregnant girl.Girls do not at all expect sympathy and to be empowered to prevent pregnancy even if incest is in play.It just happen to them -just like that.

Ending poverty in all its forms is good but it is not the driving force that put underage pregnancy on the cliff.It is the mind that need to be set in the way that boys and men would understand that girls are not women.

In the way that the communities should protect the teenagers against all forms of early sex.On the other hand empower adolescents to go to the pharmacy and ask for a condom.There is no possible justification for the boys and men to sexually abuse teenage girls.

The mind can be changed through the example of leaders who care.Through organizations like White Ribbon Alliance-Uganda that have women at heart.Through the right massages from political leaders.Through improving standards of education until the prevailing attitude of the communities about girls and women is triumphed 3 upon.

MENTAL DEGENERATION.

We have a conscious and subconscious mind as contemporary human beings.Each serve a special but different purpose.
How alert are we mentally,when it comes to issues of engaging adolescent in early sex and the resultant consequences? How prepared are we to handle the vice?

To say the least our mental capacity to judge between good and bad in this regard is inadequate.Men-whenever they see an opposite sex with a resemblesness of boobs on their chest presume that they are ready for sexual intercourse no matter whether they are underage or not.

It is a hidden cause of teenage pregnancy in Low Developing countries where most of the mental capacity is degenerating.Lack of skills to fight the crime is what we see with our eyes yet it is simply a symptom not a cause.It sounds related to to the first reason but it is not similar in anyway.

We are mentally tired and relegated to the point of no reason as regards to violation of a female child to begin sex at least at the age of 20.

Who is to blame for most of the African community to have a mental decadence?

Should we blame the culture?

Should we blame modernity?

What should we blame?

Your answer is just as good as mine.

ARTIFICIAL BORDERS.

Africa was an open and free land with no limitation to the people who occupied it before Europe tampered with it except the different languages the Whites called dialects Africa used to speak.They were free to move anywhere they wanted their culture and languages not withstanding.As they moved from one place to another in a nomadic but well calculated style they learnt a lot from the new communities they found on the way, respected and upheld girls in sanctity.Women got married at an acceptable age and it was a crime against society for a boy or a man to pregnant a girl while she was still in the hands of her parents.It was a big shame that resulted into excommunication of the culprits from their clans until meaningful redress and apology was made.

There were a time when parents from both families (in laws) had to meet and find modalities in a manner that allows their children (a boy and girl) to get an official permission to play sex.Artificial borders created by the colonial masters robbed an African parent off the power to be on the move.It entangled every one in a place and left those with extra money arms free to go beyond the borders in form of tourists.

Borders came with stringent rules that provided a prison to the lowly within their band they call countries.

Staying in one area for most of their lives come with nothing substantial but boredom.It come with sadism,prostitution and incest in regard to the discussion in question.The trend of children leaving their parent’s homes in the morning destined for schools become a routine they would do without but of many times exposes to the angry eyes of the teachers who end up of being part of those who pregnant them.

Many people call this stressful although it has an outstanding advantages compared to disadvantages that abound.

Artificial borders the way I see is a major cause of underage pregnancy and trans generational sex.It is the way to fight boredom with boys and men above their age who think about nothing but sex intercourse to whoever woman who comes across them.

Is there anything to learn in this debate or must we wait for our relations or those in political positions to tell the world the artificial borders changed the way people looked at teenagers and the role women play in society.Artificial borders have nothing substantial to offer to an African.

Fine!

We notice a large concentration and the poor use of humanity and climate degradation simply because a large number of lowly citizens are locked in a place called a country.

INTERNATIONAL AID.

Africa is generally inadequate in technology and finance although it has natural resources to depend on.In this respect it cannot aptly survive without Aid out side the continent.It cannot stand alone.It has to always stretch her hands to Euro nations to receive funds in order to finance her projects.

All the projects financed in Africa has an invisible hand of the Aid giving nations.Nations that give Aid to Africa has a strong bargain in whatever Africa do.In relation to early pregnancy the people in African villages find no shock.They normally console themselves by saying “the donors will help us”That is the way the lowly people in African communities take teenage pregnancy without looking at its consequences.

It is a paradox on its own but it caries within it an element of truth.Hence it must be precisely tackled.Colonial Aid is a cause underage pregnancy is a symptom.

It tells us how serious the vice is and it leaves the cause yearning.One woman whose child delivered at the age of 16 who was leaving Jinja hospital after a successful delivery said to me “Abeeru batuyamba nebatuddabiririza ekifo awazalirwa muddwaliro lino” literally saying that the donors (Whites) helped us and rehabilitated for us a maternity ward in Jinja hospital.She looked at the success of White Ribbon Alliance-Uganda during her campaign of ACT NOW -where decision makers were called upon to improve the delivery facilities in Health Center 111s in the country.

But that is a symptom.

The symptom here is not only dependence on foreign Aid but also an expression of how satisfied with the situation we are living in.Victims of teenage pregnancy do not bother whether they stay out of school so long as someone comes out to help them. They prefer those in a white body whom they trust the more to come to their rescue.

Girls ought to be told that even though Aid is indispensable in Low Developing Countries it does not give them a leeway to mess with boys and Men in form of unprotected sex that may lead to unwanted pregnancy.Girls should be told through this campaign that not so many African countries has essential services when it comes to sexual and reproductive health.Contraceptive knowledge for example is lacking in teenage girls.Teenage girls fear to go for antenatal check up at an early of pregnancy.Medical complication to teenage girls loom large.Not so many girls who have aquired HIV/AIDS get drugs.

Is International Aid as regard to teenage pregnancy a cause or a symptom?

Does it have a noticeable influence on underage pregnancy or not?

What is your take on this?

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POOR HEALTH.

It is not loudly brought in the public that people in most households go with out food yet food is the hub of good health because it has all the ingredients that keep the body strong.

Households in Africa including Uganda where girls are begotten such for what to put in stomach and generally live in poor health whenever they are defeated.Teenage girl have no alternative except to accept all the approaches bestowed on them by boys or men who have the money.

poor health include the absence of proper nutrition time table,the ability to treat diseases,the ability to fight pollution and the ability to govern the environment at their advantage.We would like to foster good health and promote personal well being.

Poor health magnetize adolescents towards boys and men who make them pregnant.Poor health is cause that White Ribbon Alliance-Uganda has to deal with in the campaign.The affect is big on the girls in focus that those who have ought to through a hand towards the commencement and sustainability of this End teenage pregnancy campaign.

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When a woman lose life in a health center while giving birth they would say ACCIDENT.

When a teenage girl get pregnant they would say ACCIDENT.

When a teenage girl molested by men they would say ACCIDENT.

All those accusations and others that women encounter can only be alleviated with enough knowledge and empowerment of women that can only be done by an investing in this sector.Invest in fighting against teenage pregnancy is the only solution to depend on.

SIX REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY.


Image  1. GOOD HEALTH

A body affected by numerous diseases can not give its owner the happiness she deserves.It is a body that can deter the liberty of movement,work and psychological dispensation. One time,my first born child acquired a strange disease that enlarged her eyes,ears,mouth and drove the hair from her head. She was always in great pain. The rest of her body -especially the lower part was okay. The pain she was going through at such a tender age affected the peace of the whole family and brought total silence at our home and at the school she was taking her studies.

Whenever drug prescriptions was made by expert doctors in our locality and beyond the financial ability failed us, and instead installed total disagreement,quarrels,disunity,anger and worry with in our family. We were living with a dying child whose life and survival was our great concern. Strangely,Stanley Arnold had earlier said,” every problem contains within itself the seed of its own solution” I looked for the solution in this regard for my child to be restored to a health life but the question to have the required medical fees paid, for the drugs and medical services remained un answered.

Thus,the solution was hard to find.

Fostering good health is a requirement not only for the family head but also for the members of the family and other people to whom we relate. A frail body of anybody within the family cannot bring happiness, at all.

Like my daughter Restetuta Zawedde who died of cancer the whole family was in disarray and poor health. Good health is pivotal to every development attempt and plans of success. It creates positive thinking and unique ideas. Without good health no body can either be part of the solution but always part of the problem. Diseases like Malaria in the tropics that kill the young,old,women and men in large numbers have brought happiness to threw out of the window in most homes of families in Africa.

Ebola,whooping cough,diphtheria,polio,nodding disease etc,one time become epidemics and now HIV/AIDS worries the whole world. Good health is a phenomenon,fundamental and crucial in bringing happiness in the lives of many in the world.Harness good health the world will be happy. Foster poor health in the policies you world leaders adopt the world will always remain unhappy.Happiness is Good Health.

2.HAPPY FAMILY

The smallest unit in the community is the family but it is the biggest in the spheres of security,offspring multiplication and reservation of the norms of the community. Any one who finds treasure in leadership must have a happy family. If families are deprived of the basic needs such as food,shelter,water, etc frustrations crops in.

Poverty endangers the happiness in peoples homes because money as a medium of exchange is a modern legal tender used to buy products needed in most homes and pay for services that cannot be avoided. It is pertinent therefore, for one to have a happy family if he is yearning to be happy. A family devoid of the potential capacity to guard its self against political,social and economical upheavals and senseless inability to maintain situations that can bring disharmony with in it cannot claim to be happy.

Poverty comes with the inability to buy food,build personal houses,pay tuition fees for those members of the family who are at school,pay for transport fare whenever a need for movement arise or buy a medium of transport. Because of such obligations families can be divided. Those who have, at one side and those who does not have, on the other side.The have nots may belittle other members of the family due to the anger they harbor against those who have and instal insurmountable barriers among them selves.

Violante in most homes comes as a result of continued inability to financially maintain such families.Obligation to pay government and religious dues may bring sorrow to most families, if they are not fulfilled.A happy family is seen when its members have successfully gone through the above mentioned hurdles with most of its young members at least with a college diploma or an academic degree,when their father and mother are still living under one roof and excelled in most of their economic endeavors, including having a house they call their own.

With very few or without offenses to fight, either at the police stations or in courts of laws.There is no reason why you should not be happy if you have a happy family-every member being friendly to each other.John Meguirk summarised it when he said, ” the ability to form friendship, to make people believe in you and trust you is one of the absolutely fundamental qualities of success”

Who else can believe and trust you except a happy family.

You want happiness foster a happy family.

3.SUCCESSFUL LIFE.

Let us examine the words of Dr Norman Vincent Peal about success if we are to optimally understand this third reason.” think success,visualize success and you will set a motion -the power force of the realizable wish when the mental picture or attitude is strongly enough held it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances” A successful life need to out-rightly be thought of all the time, if we are to be happy.

Dr Norman Vincent Peale was right to call us to always visualize success because a successful life that brings us happiness must be part and parcel of us all the time.One sports man whose talents everybody’s confidence depended disappointed them when he led a pauper and an embarrassing life after several triumphs in the previous games attempts. When he was asked why situations changed against him he replied “the pleasantest thing in the world are pleasant thoughts”

The late foot ball dribbler, like many in this category,Magid Musisi clearly lost happiness because of un pleasant thoughts he harbored through out his life.Like wise in every endeavor we do we must have pleasant thoughts. Remember we are what we believe we are.Eddie Ricken Backer told us thus ” if you have all the flesh water to drink and all the food you want to eat you ought never complain about anything”

Is it true that the constant flow of water and food with in our homes bring us everlasting happiness? Food and water are basic needs that men and women cannot do without. Its abundant possession is a realization of a successful life. Successful life although it is hard it is possible to attain on the other hand. Its attainment ushers in immense happiness. Human beings measure successful life in different ways. For instance, in Africa if one acquires a vehicle and builds a personal house is considered to be successful. If his vehicle do not cause him traffic problems and his house does not catch fire or fall on its occupants he is presumed to be happy.

The same is true with a woman who is married and have delivered children.

Do you want total happiness then lead a successful life.

4.STABLE INCOME

There is a saying that the easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.

Isn’t that funny?

Yet money is the only mode of exchange that can be universally used to acquire products and services. Product for product exchange is not viable in this contemporary world neither exchange of service for service can be quantifiable or equally acceptable.The gist within this saying is that the children who need happiness will struggle on their own to acquire the most needed medium of exchange.

This can be done through work that can be remunerated by a wage or salary or the sale of something tangible. It is a known fact that money per-Se does not bring total happiness except the commodities it purchases.But a stable income is an assurance that the products and the services needed will be easily attained at the time it is needed.

Stable income is the fourth reason in the alignment of my facts that lead to attainment of happiness.Shaw George said,” lack of money is the root of all evil” Billie Jean King,on the other hand said ” money is what people respect………and when you are a professional athlete they want to know how much you earn”

To explain this in detail.Let us examine Shaw George’s analogy. Organized robbery in banks, alongside the roads and streets is one of the several evils Shaw is talking about. What about the social evil of corruption and misappropriation of public funds which is rampant in every government in the world. Promiscuity in the towns and major cities of sovereign states in the world taking root in the name of acquiring money. The human trafficking and the sale of opium and forceful removal of people’s internal organs, all evils done to appease the thirsty for money.

Respect is a virtue that is required by the old and the young but its limitations is that it is accorded to those who earn enough money.When Billie Jean King correlate respect to money has something substantial to tell us.Kiprotick Stephen a Ugandan world gold medal holder was not respected here at home and the world over until he become a  millionaire.Hussein Obama was a simple senate before he gained world fame when he become the president of United States of America.

The former and the latter bother have a stable income.In that way they are apparently happy.

It is therefore wise to have an income generating activity or being employed by enterprises that make products or supply necessities or provide services to the communities.You want to be happy then have a stable income.

5.EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE.

Feodor Dostoevsky opened our eyes to see the importance of exploration and our ears to listen to the calls of adventure when he said,” love all God’s creation both the whole and every grain of sand.Love every leaf,every ray of light.Love the animals,love the plants,love each separate thing.If thou love each thing thou will perceive the mystery of God in all and when once thou perceive this thou will hence force grow everyday to a fuller understanding of it,until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all embracing and universal”

In this respect love of God’s nature cannot be forthcoming unless one knows exactly what she real likes.It is not wise to know that particular part of the country where you are born.Your knowledge will be limited only to things that you have seen for a long time.Additional knowledge is acquired through exploration and adventure.You live in America,Japan,India, Nigeria or here in Masaka ( Masaka is a district in far west of Uganda) fine! but you miss the source of the river Nile and the endowment surrounding it.

You will be very happy if you travel far east of China or explore the good lands in the Arab nations.We may not know that the world have the same people but with different beliefs and culture.Don’t you think had the Egyptian been less a creature of habit he might have discarded his syllabic signs 3500 years before Christ and have written with an alphabetic of Twenty Four letters.

All those timely and important questions can easily be answered if one allowed himself to learn about distant areas in the world.John Grant and his companions Left Britain to explore Africa and found the source of the river Nile.The discovery of the source of the river Nile brought in a lot of happiness, both to the Britons and Africans.

Many people all over the world find happiness in taking tours out side their homes and countries.Tourism is a major income earner for many countries in the world.

Do you want to learn about human history-not theoretically but physically,gather information about beautiful scenery as well?Then go in for exploration and adventure.By so doing you will gather ample happiness.

6.RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

Much of our life is generally controlled by beliefs.It is religion I am talking about.David Weers commented thus,”any type of faith,be it mysticism or witchcraft is life strengthening” So our lives is empty and without happiness unless we have faith that strengthen us.Religious beliefs entails harmonious co-existence with our fellow men and God .We are required to love God and Man.

Anything that harm another human being is evil that normally destroys good relationship.Think about all the vices that alienates us from God.Happiness largely depend on what we believe whilst we faithfully fulfill it.

Thomas Russel Ybarra wondered whether repentance can be a permanent act when he said,” a Christian is a man who feels repentance on a Sunday for what he did on Saturday and he is going to do on Monday” Isn’t that hypocrisy of the highest order?

However,Mallolm Muggeridge said,” religion wisely assumes misfortunes and so survives when earthly utopian hopes which must inevitably be disappointed soon perish” fine! in any project the important factor is your beliefs.Without belief there can be no successful outcome that is fundamental.

We can find solace and happiness in what we believe in.Believe in the sanctuary of God-you are happy.Believe in total providence of the omnipotent-you are happy too.Jesus Christ summed up Religious Beliefs while talking to his disciples about the new command ” and now I give you a new commandment:love one another. As I have loved you,so you must love one another .If you have love for one another then every one will know that you are my disciples”

Jesus Christ-the great teacher,knew that the happiness of his disciples actually hinged only on Love.So are you?

Do you have any other reason that you may add on the above reasons that can make you and I happy?

Remember everything happens for the best.