Rehema got pregnant at the age of 15 years in 2010 where she dropped out of school and subsequently got married and settled with her husband in Gwase village, Gwase parish in Bugaya sub-county,. In 2016, TMF adolescent girls under the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project in Bugaya Sub County conducted routine peer-to-peer home visits where Rehemas’ home was visited. Fortunately, the husband turned receptive to the club members on arrival and consequently accepted Rehema not only to join the GAA adolescent club of Bugaya Sub County but also to re-enroll his wife to school. Rehema currently 23-years is a mother of three (03) and is one of the key beneficiaries of GAA project.
In the same year 2016, Rehema returned to Gwase primary school and was reenrolled to primary 5. She stayed in school and in the year 2018, she successfully sat for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) where she scored 15 aggregates in Division II and subsequently joined Gwase High School where she is currently attending Secondary School education. In the same spirit, Rehema’s husband remained supportive of her and willing to support her education.
Rehema in a jovial mood says; ‘Marriage is not a bed of roses and it’s even worse when you have not gone to school’. She appreciates the GAA project particularly the adolescent girl advocates for opening up her mind to understand the rights of adolescent girls and the importance of education. Rehema now serves as a role model champion who encourages all girls to shun child marriage and stay in school.
Rehema pursues her dream to become a nurse or teacher in order to support other girls who are silently undergoing the same experience faced in life.
Rehema shares her testimony with the Regional Director-RESA and Country director Plan International Uganda during one of the monitoring visits recently.