By Namugerwa Martha

The Ugandan team called Dash for Girls from Makerere University has been named among the winners of the resolution social venture challenge at the Baobab Summit in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The 2017 cohort of Social Venture Challenge winners include projects based in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana Uganda, Rwanda, and the United States.

The team consists of Frances Aanyu, Agatha Akello and Lisa Anenocan who are working to empower the girl child in Karamoja, by providing access to correct and accurate information about the dangers of teenage pregnancy in order to help them make good and healthy decisions.

Winning teams earned a fellowship that includes seed funding, mentorship and access to a network of young global change makers to pursue impactful projects in their communities.

The challenge was organized by Mastercard Foundation and The Resolution Project, the Resolution Social Venture Challenge provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change that matters in their communities.

Challenge equips these young leaders with the tools, resources, mentorship and capital they need to ensure that their venture is successful, and to maximize their impact

“Winning the Challenge is an important milestone that will allow me to address problems faced by tea farmers in my community,” explains John Wanjiku, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Pretoria.