QUARTERLY REPORT FOR MONTH OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2014.
COMPILED BY SUSAN EJANG – PROGRAM ASSISTANT LIRA
Platform for Labour action with support from Global Giving is currently supporting 26 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives. The girls go to government owned primary schools; Lira primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Elia Olet primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school.
“Educate 200 War and HIV/AIDS Orphaned Ugandan Girls” is a project that has given hope and a better future through education to more than 100 beneficiaries in northern Uganda, despite the hardships endured due to the absence of their biological parents who they lost either to HIV/AIDS or the 21 years Lords’ Resistance Army(LRA) rebel war. Below is a detailed account of these project activities carried out in the months of July, August and September 2014.
Lunch fees payment
This quarter, lunch fees payment of 810, 800 were made to the different schools that PLA beneficiaries attend. The payment was made to enable the beneficiaries have lunch at the different schools they go to. Because of this the beneficiaries have concentrated more in their school and education that worrying about hunger and food, reports from the various schools show that the beneficiaries are attending classes on a regular basis.This will enable them realise their right to education.
GIRLS CONTINOUS PERFORMANCE IN CLASS
The girls continue work hard at school as it provides the only hope for them. Nebilla managed to score in 1st grade at Lango Quran primary school while Fibby and Morine managed to score in 2nd grade at Sir Samuel Nursery and primary school, Sumaya too scored in 2nd grade at Adyel primary school in their mock examinations. With the mentioned grade, the girls have hopes to performing even better in their final examinations. Other beneficiaries like Gloria, Ketty, and Epilla are still trying their best in catching up, during the school term holidays the girls continued to have holiday studies, and this was so they can improve on their performance in order to achieve their dreams.
School monitoring visits
35 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to the different schools that were inclusive of Lira Modern primary school, Lango Quran Primary school, Adyel Primary school, Lira parents Primary School, Sir Samuel primary school, Canon Lawerence primary school and Lira primary school. The visits were made on a daily basis.
This quarter the beneficiaries are studying harder as they prepare for their end of year examinations for the pupils in primary 5 and 6 while the pupils in primary 7 are studying hard to perform better in their primary Leaving examinations.The primary leaving examinations are a gate pass for the beneficiaries to go to secondary school level of education.
To excel in their examinations, the beneficiaries are consulting with their class and subject teachers as they also revise some of the old examinations papers of mock examinations.
The visits were to also find out the beneficiaries fears, encourage them and monitor their class notes and exercises that they have been carrying out.
During the visits one major changes that the program Assistant realized was that some beneficiaries moved to others schools for instance Cinderella moved to a new school Ogur. The reason for this change is schools could be that the guardians want to stop supporting these children. Follow up are being done to establish the actual facts.
Made 4 home visits to beneficiaries, this was a follow up visit to the beneficiaries who had been going to the school for holiday studies, one of the questions that was whether beneficiaries had learnt any new things during their studies and they all reported great improvement in their learning. This was demonstrated by the good grades obtained from their lessons. CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT
This quarter PLA program Assistant managed to talk to 5 guardians concerning the girls under their care; this was after talking to a number of girls who had had problems with the way their guardians were treating them while at home.One of the guardians Opaka as a result of talking to the Programme Assistant PLA agreed to contribute Uganda Shillings UGX 100,000 to the education of Epilla who is now in senior one at Lira Town College. With this support, she still need UGX 150,000 approximately 60 dollars to support her with school fees for the term. She is requesting the donors and Platform for Labour Action for support to enable her meet her school fees requirements.
BENEFICARIES SEATING THEIR PRIMARY LEAVING EXAMINATIONS
7 beneficiaries will this year seat their Primary Leaving examinations in November.For the beneficiaries that will complete primary Level, PLA will continue to seek your support for the children especially girls in secondary and university level, as well as also continue to search call for proposals in the same category.All the primary seven beneficiaries will receive success cards; this will be motivation for them to do their best knowing that there are people that care about them and their education
As the primary seven beneficiaries prepare for their primary seven examinations, there is need to plan for how they will continue to receive support in secondary school, the girls have worked hard to improve their performance so as to join secondary school.
PLA will continue to support the girls in providing them with physiological support thus, they will have a holiday event in December to personally share with PLA Staff their personal issues and the support that they will need.
NEBILA’S STORY This year 13-year old Nebila sat her primary Leaving examinationa at Lango Quran Primary school in Lira, she is a Mukiga (by tribe) born to the late Abdu and Sauda. She is currently under the care of her 43-year old paternal aunt called Rehema.Since 1999, Nebila’s family has been living in Lira district though in 2007 and 2009, Nebila lost her parents to HIV/AIDS, “after my parents died, my aunt took over taking care of me and her other children,” mentioned Nebila.Nebila’s rural home is in a place called Kazinga near Kololo primary school in Kanugu districtNebilla has grown up in a Muslim community because of that, Nebila loves to pray and to learn Arabic, this holiday Nebila continued going to the mosque to learn more Arabic,” It has become easy for me to read and write in Arabic, I can communicate to my friends at the mosque”, she said with pride.With her continuous dream to become a nurse, managed to score in second grade in her mock and pre PLE examinations at the school, she has been one of the best performing beneficiaries that PLA has had in Lira district. About her dream school, Nebilla intends to join comboni secondary school in Kanugu district, she believes that being in this school will help her attain her dream, “the other reason is also because the school is not far from most of my relatives, they will also help me while Iam there”, she explained.Donations for secondary education in this program is very limited, so to the secondary going beneficiaries it`s mainly physiological support that is provided and at times scholastic materials.To Nebila, she is grateful for the donors and PLA’s support to her education and further mentioned that she is lucky to have been selected by PLA among the many vulnerable girls in Lira Nebilla Kadija continues to wait for her Primary Leaving examination which will be out by end of January 2015.
14-year old Morine was born to the late Okello Alfred and the late Amony Collin and she is now in care of her 37-year old paternal aunt Atyang Anna.
Morine is the head prefect at her school in Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school, this position was given to her due to the discipline, and her excellent performance in school and especially the leadership skills that she has portrayed.
During her free time Morine loves to do a lot of things which are inclusive of time spent in church. “I love playing hand ball and singing, I also teach Sunday school children at our church in Ogena Christian church,” happily narrated Morine
Morine one of the beneficiaries who is will seat her primary leaving examinations this year at Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school. In second term she managed to scored 2nd grade during the mocks examinations that she sat at the school
Morine parents were both killed by the rebels in 2000, “after their death, my grandfather tried to cater for me but he became helpless until aunt Anna took me up, but she can also hardly help. It is the church that provides for us but it’s also fading away,” sadly mentioned Morine.
Morine has 2 siblings but currently she doesn’t know where they are and who is supporting them, she continues to be grateful to PLA for the support that they have rendered her since 3 years ago of her school when she was in primary 5.She is now in Primary seven.
“With the encouragement that I continuously get from PLA, I promise to read more and perform better now in my final examinations this November 2014,” said Morine
Morine will need further support in terms of school fees and scholastic materials in secondary school. Counseling will be one thing that she will continuously get from PLA offices.