14-year old Morine was born to the late Alfred and the late Collin and she is now in care of her 37-year old paternal aunt Anna.
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 renderer her in the past years of her school, which was since her primary five. Morine is the headprefect at her school in Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school, this position was given to her due to the discipline, and her performance in school and especially the leadership skills that she portrayed.
During her free time Morine loves to do a lot of things which are inclusive of time spent in church and playing handball.
“I love playing hand ball and singing, I also teach Sunday school children at our church in Ogena Christian church,” happily narrated Morine.Morine currently in primary seven at Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school
“I was the 1st out of 64 pupils in my class and though math is my best subject I don’t understand it from the school where I am but when my friends show me how a calculation is done,” said Morine
“I promise to perform better now that I will seat my Primary Leaving examinations this year”. Mentioned Morine.
Morine has been promised scholarship by one of the Indian business man in Lira, owner of Guru Nana an industry that produces shea butter.
As a gesture to give back to the communities in Lira, the industry supports education of the vulnerable children and this year Morine has been promised such a chance when she performs well in her primary Leaving Examinations at the end of this year.
“I am grateful to PLA for opening the door to education for me, I continue to appreciate global giving for the support that is sent through Platform for Labour Action”. Said Morine
Ms. Joan Nabbosa is 16 years old. She was referred to Platform for Labour Action (PLA) by Chandiru Zuena one of PLA’s trained peer domestic work coordinator following information received that the employers were shifting to another house without settling Joan’s wages. Joan is a former child domestic worker who dropped out of school in Primary six due to lack of school fees. Her parents passed away when she was still young. Due to lack of employment, a friend advised her to search for a job. It’s from then that her friend brought her from Gomba – butambala and got her a job in Ntinda in February 2013 as a domestic worker. During her first day of work, a meeting was held with the employer to which it was agreed that she will earn 40,000/= per month.
Her tasks involved taking care of 2 children as well as domestic chores. She worked for a period of one year and was only paid for one month. While working, she always faced mistreatment from her employer. The matter was brought to the attention of PLA to which we intervened and rescued her from this situation. Her arrears amounting to 520,000/= Uganda shillings including exploitation compensation of 50,000/= were settled by the employer. She was later resettled back to her auntie’s home by PLA in Wakaliga. Joan aspires to study a hair dressing course so that she is in position to earn a living. She will be considered for the vocational training course. Joan thanked PLA for securing her money because she was worried that she will never get it.
“Thank you for rescuing me from the lady who mistreated me yet I took good care of her children and house.” God bless you - Nabossa Joan’s words.
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 owed schools of 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.
SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS
9 school visits were made to the schools of: Lira Modern Primary school, Sir Samuel Joe nursery, Lira parents’ primary school, Lango Quran Primary school and Adyel primary school, Railways primary school,
The visits were made to ensure that they had all resumed with their studies in their respective schools. During the visits, PLA staff advised the beneficiaries to study and work hard to become better citizens as well as have a better life in future.
During the visit, the girls also shared with PLA staff some of the activities that they were engaged in during the holidays. Most of the girls were as a norm in their villages visiting their grandparents as well as other relatives; other beneficiaries were also engaged in farming despite the dry season.
PRIMARY SEVEN RESULTS
This quarter we were able to receive primary leaving examination results of the 8 girls that sat their examinations last on 4th and 5th November 2013, the girls were inclusive of Awor Asha, Apolot Mercy, Akoli Frida, Aceng Dorcus, Apio Holga, Epilla Farida, Amodo Sandra and Akullu Elizabeth all belonging 5 different primary schools within Lira.
Though there was fear and tension from the girls on how good their performance would be, the girls managed to maintain first and second grades which means that the girls are ready to join another level; of school (secondary education).
Some of the results of the girls were also follows;
19 PLA beneficiaries were this quarter counseled and talked to by PLA staff and especially PLA program Assistant who pays them visits both at school and at home.
As the year began some of the beneficiaries had problems related to their guardians as some of the girls were to be taken as baby sitters while 2 of the girls were being forced into marriage at an early age. With intervention from PLA the girls are back to school with willingness to study hard.
PLA is to continue talking to both the guardians and the girls with more emphasis on the need for the girls’ education.
CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT
Due to the need to perform better and study without destruction, the schools that the beneficiaries go to have recommended that the girls especially the ones in primary seven and primary six to joining the boarding section, that way they will be able to read and study with enough support from the teachers at all that time.
They will also be able to make friends and spend time getting new ideas from both the friend and the teachers at all times as well as food which is the biggest challenge that most of the girls face in their homes
Despite the challenges faced by the beneficiaries due to increase in the costs of living, they have still managed to start school with interest to work hard.
This year the beneficiaries will need school lunch, scholastic materials and continuous counseling. 7 girls this year will also seat their primary leaving examinations and their schools demand they join the boarding sections so that they are able to benefit from the extra lessons.
PLA and the beneficiaries remain grateful to the support that is received through global giving; this support has given hope to a better future to many girls in the region.