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A story of a Woman Multiplying her Blessings by empowering Young Women

Catherine Biira Promise is chairperson, Sexual Health Improvement Project (SHIP), has been blessed twice with scholarship where she dis her masters degree and is currently persuing her PhD in Germany. She went out to encourage girls to complete secondary education by giving motivation talks in the sub counties of Bughangairi and Bwambara in 2011. She pledged to pay school fees for the best performing girls in secondary school in the 2 sub counties. It was amazing that after 10 years 3 girls where able to excel in their examinations. The magic was 'role modeling' Girls had no one to look up to. They only saw their future in a marriage in the village. Catherine's dream is to see these girls take on leadership roles in their communities. Incidentally all the three girls want to study medicine in future. To date she is sponsoring three girls to complete advanced level of secondary education in St. Immaculate Heart High School in Nyakibaale in Rukungiri district in Uganda.

This digital story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.


AchiengNas's picture

Way to go

I so much appreciate and respect women who invest in educating girls. It is painful to spend but once someone weighs the outcome and the impact of their choices; not educating the girls OR educating, the answers are very different and one is totally perfect impact while the other is totally a disaster to the girl.
Thank you so much Catherine Biira Promise for your efforts. I am very proud of you, building our nation and a generation of global women leaders!!!!!

Thank you so much Grace for sharing this with us. Just to let you know that I follow your articles closely, you are amazing and doing amazing work as well!
I so much want to meet with you, I will let you know when I am off road, I do travel allover.

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

ikirimat's picture

Beatrice, thanks so much

Beatrice, thanks so much sister. Catherine and the SHIP team have big dreams but we believe that one step at a time will take us to our destination. This whole story is so powerful to learn from. We shall be very glad to meet you. I believe that your travels are not in vain. You are impacting on the lives of girls and communities. Indeed no body is a nobody!!!

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Emily Garcia's picture

Great job!

Wonderful job, Grace! It is inspiring to see the work this woman has done to empower young women. What Catherine Biira Promise said about disempowered girls becoming disempowed women really rings true and I'm so happy to see the three girls shown in the video working hard to become leaders in their community. I also really like the title of this assignment, and it's so fitting. Catherine Biira Promise passes on to others the teachings of her mother about the importance of girls' education...and the cycle of empowerment continues. A blessing indeed!

Warm wishes,


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

ikirimat's picture


Dear EKG, Thank you for taking time to view the video. We are working with Catherine to see to it that more women join this road of empowering more girls.Indeed we (women) need each other.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Stella Paul's picture

Good job Grace

I think it was good to do this story about the same organization that you work for, that way you can shown what you do every day and the kind of leadership you have that are dedicated to a cause. Good job dear!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

ikirimat's picture

Thank you Stella for your

Thank you Stella for your positive comments.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

sallyhedman's picture

A powerful video

Thank you for working for girls' education. You chose a powerful figure in Catherine to express the importance of girls' education for themselves and their communities. Nicely done.

ikirimat's picture

Thank you Sallyhedman for the

Thank you Sallyhedman for the compliments on my video. Together we can empower girls to develop their communities through education. Be blessed

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

Okeny-Lucia's picture


Wow,this is a lady to reckon.It is moving that despite Promise schedule she has just left her spirit flow and touch the lives of others.
I wish to meet her in person and you too.You came out so strong on this one.
Great day

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

ikirimat's picture

Big Heart

Hi Lucy, you have described Catherine just very well. She is a lady with a big heart. Iam sure you will meet Catherine very soon.
Thx for taking time to view my video.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

akullocathy's picture

Empoweriing Young Women

Dear Ikirimat,

Thank you for this great article.

Indeed in educating a woman the family, the community and the country benefits, the adage goes " educate a woman educate a nation".

This struggle must continue to liberate our selves out of the poverty circle, i know the sky is the limit for her. It is good to share when blessed.


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