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Uganda | Let Girls Learn | EMLA Project

Puchbauer, A.
volunteer from Missouri
in Uganda
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EMLA, Empowering Medical Ladies Association, is an organization that will be started by female medical students. Earlier this year, a group of young female stuents met to discuss the many challenges that they face. It was there that EMLA was created. The women decided a support group was needed to unite the female medical students to tackle challenges that they face together within a male-dominated field, to easily support each other and also mentor future students. Presently, EMLA has grown to accommodate much more than that. Not only does EMLA aim to build on the group principles that "EMPOWERS"€ women, Educated, Motivatated, Prosperous, Outstanding, Well-natured, Energetic, Reliable, and Supportive women, but also have a community impact that extends beyond the group. EMLA identifies areas of improvement which it could take a leading role in benefiting both group and community members. For example, improving disposal of sanitary pads in school and clinical sites to improve menstrual hygiene is an essential project for EMLA to provide basic services to women. The ladies in EMLA also believe in creating strong role models for young girls in the surrounding community, using support from EMLA to reach out to these ladies and provide insight that will help make them successful young women as well. EMLA sees a vision that by impacting classmates and providing internal and external inspirational role models, that they also become role models through life skills they will learn through EMLA. EMLA women see a mission to do what they can that "EMPOWERS"€ women, both inside and outside the classroom.

This project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Uganda as part of the Let Girls Learn Program. Learn more at

Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Puchbauer, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Uganda.

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