Being a young unmarried pregnant girl in Uganda, like in many other countries, is stigmatizing. These girls risk being outcasts from their families, alienated in society and refused to complete their education. When the girls are forced to leave their families they are left with very few options which often leads to a life on the street. This is a dangerous place to live for both the girls or their future children.
This growing problem had been on midwife Josephine Nambatya’s mind for a long time and when she met a couple of Swedish students doing their internship in Uganda the organization The fortress was founded. The fortress offers a temporary safe home to vulnerable pregnant girls. This means the girls are assured a safe delivery, continued attendance in school and the organization also try to repair the girls’ relationship with their families. This way the girls have a safe place to return to when their children are born.