Your Button Badge for supporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Thank you for supporting my work to end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa and supporting my campaign to film and produce ‘Chasing the Cut’, a documentary film about Female Genital Mutilation. I just added a new gift,  button badge that you can attach to your lapel to show support for victims of Female Genital Mutilation.

I have only 150 pieces, please grab yours ASAP. It’s now the new featured perk and  has a ‘featured perk’ label on top of the perk list. Visit my campaign page HERE  and select your button badge. Alternatively, use this URL to go my campaign page  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation

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I am very excited about this badge!

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For Immediate Release

February 9, 2014

KATA (CUT) – FILM DOCUMENTARY

“DOCUMENTARY ABOUT GIRLS AND WOMEN FORCED TO UNDERGO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND THOSE AT RISK OF BEING FORCED INTO THIS LIFE-THREATENING ORDEAL”

Unique Film Will Help Women and Girls Live Healthier Lives

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

Kampala Uganda, East Africa – February 9, 2014

On February 6, 2014, Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa a Ugandan activists and founder of ICOD Action Network and Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies, launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for a documentary film KATA (Cut), his new efforts to help end Female Genital Mutilation.

“I am pleased to work to end Female Genital Mutilation in a region where rights of minorities and vulnerable communities are frequently abused but governments take no efforts to stop these rights abuses. I am excited by the prospect of reaching to millions of people through film a to make a difference.” said Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa.

The goal of the KATA film is to expose the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation, give viewers an opportunity meet girls and women in Uganda and Kenya forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation and those at risk of being forced into this life-threatening ordeal. “I hope that spreading the world worldwide will help generate worldwide efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation East Africa and in other countries where it is still practiced.” Female Genital Mutilation is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, well-being and self-determination, and it can be stopped when communities are informed about the dangers and governments take bold efforts to end it,” said Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa.

The KATA Campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation) will work in partnership with communities, schools, health service providers, civil society organizations , local governments and other key stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of stopping Female Genital Mutilation and improving health  of women with health complications because of Female Genital Mutilation. Currently, there are between 8 and 10 million women and girls in the Middle East and in Africa who are at risk of undergoing one form or another of genital cutting and more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to the ordeal.

“I am excited about working on this unique film to stop Female Genital Mutilation in a region where few men can come forward to even talk about this cruel and life-threatening ordeal that women and girls are forced to go through. I think men must actively take part in ending Female Genital Mutilation. By exposing the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and assessing our community needs, we can then shape our own plans to completely stop Female Genital Mutilation.” Said Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

For additional information, please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kata-ending-female-genital-mutilation

You can contact Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

ahamitch@gmail.com

+256 792 165 208

www.icodactionnetwork.org

www.chupost.org

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Celebrate Water with a Gift that overflows

Without safe water in their homes, girls and women spend between 30 minutes to 60 minutes, drop girls dropout of school, families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they travel long distances to collect water. In this video, our December 2013 beneficiary shares her story. Join us and lets raise funds to provide safe water to women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Join our campaign here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-give-a-gift-that-overflows
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Join the celebration; Celebrate Water

Welcoming our new and latest funder to Celebrate Water campaign. You can also be part of the celebration here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-give-a-gift-that-overflows

Why you should join the celebration

For the last 5 years, we have been providing sustainable housing solutions and safe water to women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Without safe water in their homes, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they walk long distances to collect water; families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals; and girls dropout of school as they spend, on average, between 30 minutes to 90 minutes walking to look for  water.

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We are working to end this by providing safe water to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Women and girls are the main providers of household water supply and sanitation in Uganda, and also have the primary responsibility for maintaining a clean home environment. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities therefore affects women and girls most acutely. This a situation we all need to end so that women can live healthier lives. Your donation will help us provide hundreds of women and children with clean and safe water in their homes.

Join NOW HERE

23 children die because of lack of safe water

23 children are reported to have died of  malaria, typhoid and malnutrition in the neighboring Rakai district.  There are 4265 immigrants with over 500 children at Sango bay camp who were resettled there by Uganda  government in August this year following their expulsion from Tanzania. 
Leaders in the camp say many children are succumbing to various illnesses as a result of consuming contaminated water from Lukoma valley dam because they have no other option and they have do not received any medical and food supplies. 
It has been reported that many patients are now stranded without drugs, lack clean water, food and mosquito nets. Local leaders are worried about a looming cholera outbreak because of poor human waste disposal.

Join ICOD Action Network to end this and let’s celebrate water together. Join our celebrate water here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-give-a-gift-that-overflows

Please remember to share the campaign with a friend and request them to join now.

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Celebrate Water with a Gift that Overflows

The burden of fetching drinking water from outdoor sources falls disproportionately on girls and women. A context Analysis of Lyantonde District in June 2013, shows that in almost 91.2% of households without a drinking water source in a distance of less than one kilometer, it is women and girls who collect water. Time taken collecting water is between 30 minutes to 90 minutes which considerably reduces the time women and girls have available for other activities such as childcare, income generation and school attendance.

Education: Girls often have to walk long distances to fetch water in the early morning. After such an arduous chore, they may arrive late and tired at school. Being ‘needed at home’ is a major reason why children, especially girls from poor families, drop out of school. Providing water closer to homes increases girls’ free time and boosts their school attendance.

HIV and AIDS: The absence of clean water and sanitation also increases the risk of opportunistic infections and diarrhea diseases among people living with HIV and AIDS. In Uganda, HIV prevalence rate is estimated to be at 8.3 percent in women and girls. Women and girls are also the caregivers of chronically sick family members. With better access to water and sanitation facilities, the burden on households caring for AIDS-affected members is reduced.

Rape and abuse: Without access to water, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they travel long distances to collect water. Women and girls move long distance through to and from water sources making them victims of ‘roadside’ attacks, bullying ,rape and attacks from roadside predators like snakes. Join our campaign to end this and lets promote women and children health together. Join us here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-with-a-gift-that-overflows

Celebrate Water with a Gift that Overflows

For the last 5 years, we have been providing sustainable housing solutions  and safe water to women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Without safe water in their homes, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they walk long distances to collect water, families are hit by frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because of sharing open water sources with animals, girls dropout of school, girls and women spend between 30 minutes to 90 minutes walking to look for  water. 

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We are working to ending this through providing safe water to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Women and girls are the main providers of household water supply and sanitation in Uganda, and also have the primary responsibility for maintaining a clean home environment. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities therefore affects women and girls most acutely. This a situation we all need to end so that women can live healthier lives. Your donation will help us provide hundreds of women and children with clean and safe water in their homes. Please join our campaign here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-water-with-a-gift-that-overflows

10 days left, please donate to our campaign ‘Fruit Trees for School Children’

I hope you are enjoying your Christmas holidays. I am writing to share with you this.

We have just 10 days to go to reach the  goal of  our campaign ‘Fruit Trees for School Children’. Thank you for supporting us to get to 23%!  We are so grateful for you who believe in our  work and supported us in 2013.

Please help us get to 100% and beyond by sharing the campaign link with your close friends and family and request them to donate to us this Christmas holiday. Here is the donation link http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fruit-trees-for-school-children-promoting-food-security-and-environment/

Thank you,