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Dominic & Prossy-Participants in the Parenting Under pressure program under AGIC project
Photo credit: Plan International Australia

Prossy and Dominic live with their young daughter in a refugee settlement in Adjumani, Northern Uganda. Along with 100 other young mothers and their partners, they’ve been taking part in Plan International Australia’s ‘Parenting Under Pressure’ training.

Dominic had never learned the skills to nurture and care for their baby, and believed his role was to financially provide while Prossy raised their child. Prossy’s biggest fear was that Dominic would abandon her, and she would bear the responsibility of raising their daughter alone. “Everything was uncertain. I didn’t know what to do at the time. I was not only scared but confused, too.”

The Parenting Under Pressure sessions support young parents in crisis, equipping them to provide nurturing, protective and positive parenting to their children.   This training has strengthened Prossy and Dominic’s relationship, with the couple caring for their daughter equally. 

In Uganda’s refugee settlements, girls face significant barriers to attending school, accessing health care, and being safe from child marriage and pregnancy. In addition to parenting support for young families, Plan International Australia in Uganda is investing in girls and young women by working with communities to help reshape gender norms and practices that block girls from school and health care.  

Country: Uganda

Theme: Education, Peace and protection

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