Lesley Griffiths AM Wrexham - Wrexham volunteers supporting Ugandan health project

News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

Friday 25th November 2016

For Immediate Publication

A Wrexham charity is making a profound difference to the lives of young girls and women living in Uganda.

Volunteers from Wrexham-based Teams4U have engaged with students and parents at a school in Eastern Uganda, encouraging girls to stay in education.  

Every year thousands of girls in Uganda drop out of education because of a lack of sanitary solutions.  The Develop with Dignity Project, run by Wrexham’s Teams4U, is helping the problem by visiting schools and providing packs of reusable sanitary pads to girls aged between 13 and 19.  The project also provides information on HIV/AIDS and cervical screening.

In total, 1,500 volunteers have been trained from across the region, helping promote community health and hygiene and preventing outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera. 

Teams4U’s work has been supported by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.  This supports and encourages people in Wales to make a difference in sub Saharan Africa, with the greatest concentration of activity centred in Eastern Uganda.  Over the last 10 years over 500 projects across sub Saharan Africa have originated and been supported by people from Wales. 

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths is a long-time supporter of Teams4U and its founder, Dave Cooke.  She said:

“Many people will be unaware of the strong link between Wales and Africa, which is supported by the Welsh Government and is helping people reach their potential.”

“Volunteers from Wrexham and Wales are having a positive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world, teaching young people about sexual and reproductive health and testing everyone for HIV.”

“I am proud our town is being represented by Teams4U.  The charity’s volunteers are working alongside local people and making a genuine, lasting difference to young women and their community.”