Amani Initiative is a Ugandan NGO that was established in 2011 by a group of Ugandan youths who were directly or indirectly affected by the pertinent issue of teenage pregnancy & early marriage. The organization is registered with the NGO Board under registration number 9539. Amani Initiative has been awarded by six child based organizations (ANPPCAN-Uganda, Child Fund Uganda, Compassion International, Save the Children in Uganda, UCRNN, World Vision Uganda and UNICEF for its efforts in the fight against teenage pregnancy & early marriage under the 2013 Tumaini Awards.
A community whereby each child has an equal opportunity to quality education and develops to full potential without the impact of teenage pregnancy & early marriage.
To create sustainable solutions to teenage pregnancy & early marriage through the direct involvement of the community.
Amani Initiative spearheads the fight against teenage pregnancy & early marriage through community based interventions through four strategic programs.
- Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health
- Child Protection
- Community Livelihoods and Youths Entrepreneurship Development
According to the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), 100 million girls will be married before the age of 18 in the coming decade. Uganda has a very young population, with nearly half (47%) of its people under 15 years old. The choices that these young people and their parents make will affect the country’s future for decades to come. Delaying marriage and pregnancy confer major benefits to girls and may also lead to societal benefits, such as improved health of children and faster economic growth.
It is time for policymakers and people concerned with socioeconomic development to give greater priority to addressing teenage pregnancy & early marriage.