MARCH 2021 CAMPAIGN

#CHOOSETOCHALLENGE

A challenged world is an alert world.
From challenge comes change. And from change, comes transformation.

ARE YOU WITH US?

TAKE ACTION

MARCH 2021 CAMPAIGN

#CHOOSETOCHALLENGE

A challenged world
is an alert world.
From challenge comes change.
And from change,
comes transformation.

ARE YOU WITH US?

TAKE ACTION

OUR GOAL? TO BRING EQUALITY TO 50 DISADVANTAGED GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN.

IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES.

IN ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING YEARS.

In the East African country of Uganda, the threat of COVID-19, a soaring rate of out-of-school girls and an escalating rise in female unemployment, have made the need for life-skills more essential than ever. From 1st – 31st March 2021, we’re putting our hands up high to support and recognise International Women’s Day.

Together, we can transform the future of girls who’ve had to face inequality, injustice, and discrimination for too long. Will you #ChooseToChallenge?

“There is nothing in this world which a boy can do and a girl can’t. But in many countries in Africa, girls and women still have to go against historical inequalities to make any achievements happen.”
LOISE NJERI – BRASS FOR AFRICA

THE PROBLEM

Can you imagine a world where the simple joy of playing music is often ridiculed?

Many girls and young women in the communities we work in continue to face unacceptable discrimination driven by deeply entrenched gender inequality. Playing music is considered a male activity. Propelled by stigma, misconceptions and assumptions, girls and young women often don’t feel worthy or capable of fulfilling their potential.

60%
OF GIRLS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DO NOT COMPLETE SECONDARY SCHOOL (UN)
74%
OF WOMEN IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA ARE UNEMPLOYED (LSE)
25%
OF GIRLS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA ARE MOTHERS BY THE AGE OF 19 (UN)
60%
OF WOMEN IN UGANDA HAVE EXPERIENCED GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (WORLDBANK)

The majority of girls and young women in this community are not given the luxury of feeling good about themselves. I want to see them have someone tell them, every day, what they deserve in life. To help them develop skills, trust and confidence in themselves. To support them. To help them understand that they can become whatever they want.

ESTHER KYAZIKE – PARTNER OUTREACH LEADER

The majority of girls and young women in this community are not given the luxury of feeling good about themselves. I want to see them have someone tell them, every day, what they deserve in life. To help them develop skills, trust and confidence in themselves. To support them. To help them understand that they can become whatever they want.

ESTHER KYAZIKE – PARTNER OUTREACH LEADER

THE SOLUTION

What changes when girls and young women get access to Music Education and Life-Skills Training at Brass for Africa?  

With your support, we are with working ex-street children, orphans, refugees, and over 500 vulnerable girls and young women every year. We have seen first-hand how the opportunity to learn and play music has a profound and empowering impact on the lives of these individuals.

Click on the below to find out more!

Women and girls get their lives back. They learn and compete equally with their male counterparts. They learn to work together to achieve an objective, occupying their rightful space in society.

Through music, girls and young women learn fundamental life-skills such as confidence, communication, team-work, and resilience, which they can use to overcome their day-to-day challenges.

More time spent in a safe, structured, and protected space means less time engaging in dangerous situations, such as prostitution or street crime.

By learning, competing and performing together, boys and men value women as equals and become Agents Of Change within their own communities

Music performances, marches, and special events encourage families to allow girls to engage in skills-development activities and to attend school.

The employment of local female Music and Life-Skills Teachers as role-models empowers girls and the young women of tomorrow.

EMPOWERMENT

SOLUTION 1

EDUCATION

SOLUTION 2

SAFETY

SOLUTION 3

EQUALITY

SOLUTION 4

LEADERSHIP

SOLUTION 5

OPPORTUNITY

SOLUTION 6

Women and girls get their lives back. They learn and compete equally with their male counterparts. They learn to work together to achieve an objective, occupying their rightful space in society.

EMPOWERMENT

SOLUTION 1

Through music, girls and young women learn fundamental life-skills such as confidence, communication, team-work, and resilience, which they can use to overcome their day-to-day challenges.

EDUCATION

SOLUTION 2

More time spent in
a safe, structured,
and protected space
means less time engaging in
dangerous situations, such
as prostitution or street crime.

SAFETY

SOLUTION 3

By learning, competing
and performing together,
boys and men value women
as equals and become
Agents Of Change within
their own communities.

EQUALITY

SOLUTION 4

Music performances,
marches, and special events
encourage families to
allow girls to engage in
skills-development activities
and to attend school.

LEADERSHIP

SOLUTION 5

The employment
of local female
Music and Life-Skills
Teachers as role-models
empowers girls and the
young women of tomorrow.

OPPORTUNITY

SOLUTION 6

Working in sub-Saharan Africa requires expertise, trust, and long-standing local leadership. Together, we can make a direct impact.

Since 2010, your donations have allowed us to work alongside 24 community-based organisations with years of experience in advocating for disadvantaged girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

We are 98% African-led. All of our Teachers are local and alumni of Brass for Africa themselves. Being from the same background as the participants, they are uniquely qualified to understand the difficulties they face.

+ 1000

PARTICIPANTS PER WEEK

+ 20

LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

+ 850

INSTRUMENTS SHIPPED

+ 1500

LESSONS PER YEAR

SUCCESS STORY

Meet Barbara. She is a beneficiary at The Good Shepherd Home for Girls. One of our local partners in Kampala, Uganda. In Africa, a person with a disability is sometimes seen as a curse, bringing shame to their family. People with disabilities are often abused, neglected, or abandoned. Most especially girls.

WILL YOU GIVE BARBARA, AND HER FRIENDS, THE OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE?

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO!

IT COSTS £350 TO PROVIDE 1 GIRL WITH MUSIC AND LIFE-SKILLS EDUCATION FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.

This March,  we need to fundraise £17,500 to support 50 disadvantaged girls and young women in Uganda.  This will provide each of them with music education, life-skills training, and performance opportunities for a whole year. Without this funding, we may need to shut down some of our essential and life-changing programmes.

Help us get there! Whatever you do will make a direct impact.

RACE FOR EQUALITY

SIGN-UP TO OUR SPORT’S CHALLENGE

Sign-up to our Race For Equality sports challenge. Complete your target from 1st-31st March 2021. Run, walk, ride your bike – you choose. Join us and Race For Equality!

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TRANSFORM LIVES EVERY MONTH

Sign-up to The Beat, our Monthly Giving Programme, and support a girl each and every month. As a member, we’ll keep you updated about your impact every month, as well as invite you to exclusive events and Updates From The Field sessions. We invite you to join our incredible community of change-makers!

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EMPOWER A GIRL

Make a donation to the #ChooseToChallenge Campaign.  100% of the profits will fund Music Education and Life-Skills Training for girls and young women across Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia.