ABSA Bank dedicates 2024 seven hills run to educating girls.

The organizers of the second edition of the Kampala Hash House Harriers 7 Hills Run have once again pledged to dedicate the proceeds towards supporting the education of girl children in Uganda.

The annual event, spearheaded by the ABSA Bank Uganda and the Kampala Hash House Harriers, will witness participants covering distances of 5Km and 21km across the seven iconic hills in Kampala on Sunday, 17th March.


The seven iconic hills include Kibuli, Rubaga, Makerere, Namirembe, Kololo, Nakasero, and Old Kampala.


According to Mumba Kalifungwa, the Managing Director of ABSA Bank, last year's run amassed over shs.200 million, which were channelled towards reintegrating girl children into schools, supporting a total of 2700 girls.


"Following the resounding success of the inaugural edition in 2023, we anticipate an even more successful run this year, with proceeds dedicated to social good, particularly the education of the Girl Child," says Kalifungwa


This year's race will commence at Kololo Independence Grounds, encompassing the seven iconic hills of Kampala and is expected to draw Uganda's professional long-distance athletes, offering them a chance to win a 50*100ft plot of land


The previous edition, which attracted over 2,500 runners including individuals and corporate entities, raised a total of UGX200 million. These funds were directed towards addressing societal challenges related to girl children, including the reintegration of teenage mothers into schools, skills training, and improving menstrual hygiene management to combat school absenteeism and dropout rates among girls.


18 teenage mothers received financial support to resume their education in both formal and tertiary institutions. Additionally, 138 teen mothers were equipped with skills in various areas such as culinary arts, baking, tailoring, knitting, soap making, and design, in collaboration with Makerere University's Department of Adult and Community Development.


Efforts to enhance menstrual hygiene management included providing 1,350 girls at Jinja Mukono High School with reusable sanitary pads and funding the construction of a borehole and changing room for girls at Awac Primary School in the Karamoja region, benefiting 1,262 girls.


Proceeds from this year's run will focus on sustaining the education of the girl child through two main strategies: providing school fee support to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and bolstering menstrual hygiene management.


Despite increased enrollment rates, recent data indicates that only 53% of Ugandan girls aged 6-12 complete the mandatory seven years of primary education, with merely 22.5% continuing to secondary education. This disparity can be attributed to various obstacles faced by girls in the community, including poverty, cultural barriers, early marriages, unwanted pregnancies, and challenges in managing menstrual hygiene.

This can be attributed to a number of obstacles that girls in our community face, including poverty, cultural barriers, early marriages, unwanted pregnancy, and difficulty managing menstrual hygiene.


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