About The Foundation

About us

Supporting and empowering girls

Smart girls was founded in 2012 and officially registered in 2015, we are the leading youth girls-led not for profit organization. Each year we train and support 150 -200 young girls and women in our economical programs and train 20 – 30 peer educators to lead community development initiatives engaging 25-30,000 young people.

Vision is to see a nation where girls have self-esteem, engaged, ability to make decisions and create visionary change.
Mission is to empower and mentor girls to develop their confidence, life skills and economically improve their ability to realize their dreams and to contribute positive social transformation.
Civic Participation: young girls and women are significant contributors to development processes, resulting in public policy and practice that both supports and is accountable to young people.
Livelihoods and Employment: young girls and women are taking up productive livelihoods and employment opportunities that contribute to their household income and the economies of their communities.
Girls Health: young girls and women are making informed decisions and engaging in safe sexual and reproductive health practices that lead to healthy lives.

Why we exist

Why girls and women?

The unfortunate reality is that women and girls suffer disproportionally from the burden of extreme poverty: 70% of the world’s extreme poor are women and girls. In Uganda, young women and girls live in a male-dominated society that dictates women’s subordination and economic reliance on men for survival so that it is even harder for them to escape the cycle of extreme poverty. Without equal educational and economic opportunities, girls are never able to fully realize their potential.

When the overall wellbeing of girls is put at the forefront of development interventions, a girl can understand the importance of gaining control over her life. In Uganda, 85% of girls leave school early, resulting to $10 billion lost in potential earnings— which is a massive socio-economic waste at a national level. It is well known that investing in girls early in their development has a ripple effect. Studies show that educated and empowered girls receive better wages, raise healthier and better-educated children, are less likely to experience domestic violence, and contribute to the development of their communities.

Our Approach

Empowering youth for a bright future

Is bottom-up and holistic, focusing on individual behavior change amongst young girls and women as well as systematic change in live hood and practice towards a more supportive environment for young girls and women development. We deliver grassroot programs in underserved areas and slums. Leveraging the impact of our former alumni and trainers. we are creating a network of young leaders, supporting them to progress in their careers and be champions of youth-led development.

We also support policymakers to engage young people mostly girls in the decisions that affect them. In addition, we partner with other organizations to work more effectively with and for young girls. Smart girls Head Office is in Kawempe, but work with several partners in the Eastern and Central Region.